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Case of man who claimed to be vampire killer creates challenge for court: lawyer

HALIFAX - The unsettling facts in the case of a man who claimed to be a vampire slayer when he murdered two Halifax men in 2007 have left the justice system with a thorny challenge, a Crown attorney said Friday. Mark Heerema told a Nova Scotia Supreme Court hearing that Glen Race — diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2001 — should not be held criminally responsible for fatally stabbing Michael Knott and Trevor Brewster because he was too mentally ill at the time. Heerema said it's important for the court and the public to recognize the complex and troubling nature of the case.

'Canadian Psycho' was diagnosed with schizophrenia

A Canadian former porn actor accused of murdering and dismembering a Chinese man had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia several years earlier, according to documents released Wednesday. Luka Rocco Magnotta was treated for "a major psychiatric disorder" in 2005 when he was convicted of fraud, according to a doctor's letter filed with the Ontario Court of Justice in June of that year.
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