Did Weymouth Triple Murder Suspect Fall Through The Cracks?
The Weymouth teen charged with bludgeoning three family members to death last week, narrowly escaped jail two months before the murders. Back in September Donald Rudolph (above left) pled guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. His attorney convinced the judge to suspend his two-year sentence, if he agreed to seek mental health treatment for his bipolar disorder, ADHD, depression, and paranoid schizophrenia. He never did and now three people are dead. What more could have been done to safeguard the safety of his victims? And should we as a commonwealth be making more of an investment in mental health?
Nancy Rappaport, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, director of school based programs in child psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance.