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Date:10/31/2013

Charlotte, North Carolina (PRWEB) October 31, 2013

It happened suddenly but not without warning: a 22-year-old mentally ill man with no history of aggression murdered his family during one night of psychotically-fueled violence. He’d been under psychiatric care for six weeks and was supposedly on stabilizing medication, but it was not enough to quiet the voices that commanded he kill his family in order to “save the world.”

“The recent shootings at Sandy Hook, Aurora, the Navy Yard, and the altercation on Capitol Hill are grim reminders that untreated, severe mental illness poses a threat to community and individual safety,” said Janice Holly Booth, author of “A Voice out of Nowhere: Inside the mind of a mass murderer.” Booth worked in the criminal justice system in the early 1980’s. “A Voice out of Nowhere” chronicles the true story of what came to be known as the Blackman family massacre. “In the wake of the murders, everyone asked ‘Why? How could this happen to such a normal family?’” says Booth. “The truth is, it can happen to any family, any person, at any time. Schizophrenia doesn’t discriminate – it’s an equal opportunity affliction.”

Written as a non-fiction novel, Booth takes readers deep inside the mind of an inadequately treated schizophrenic and follows his trajectory from gentle, happy-go-lucky young man to mass murderer. “His spiral was quick,” she says. “The time between the first really obvious symptoms to when he killed his family was a mere 46 days and yet there were many, many signs that were either ignored or minimized. In recent shootings, it's the same story -- there were plenty of indications that the killers
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