Manage episode 296829979 series 2944946
Confessed mass murderer Jarrod Ramos had a long-running feud with The Capital Gazette. Ramos thought an article about him made him look “crazy” so he demanded a retraction and apology.
When he didn’t get either, he sued the newspaper and the reporter for defamation. A judge dismissed his case and when Ramos exhausted his appeals, he withdrew from the world — living like a hermit. He stayed at home with his dying cat as his only companion, planning his revenge against The Capital Gazette for two years. When he finally took her to be euthanized, he was ready to launch his plan to kill as many people as he could at the newspaper.
In this episode, you’ll hear about Ramos from his younger sister, who has testified in the trial. Police witnesses talk about his reaction when he was apprehended and questioned. Ramos pleaded guilty to murder in the shooting deaths of 5 people on June 28, 2018, but his lawyers are asking the jury in this trial to find him “Not Criminally Responsible.”
You’ll find out what the law requires for this insanity defense to succeed. You can begin to decide for yourself if Ramos suffers from mental disorders or just wants to appear that way.