Decisions: Insane Then, Doesn't Mean Insane Now

Gerald Bolton, 35, has been in and out of insane asylums for 19 years. His hang-up is automobiles, and it has brought him a lot of trouble. In fact, in the gentle word of a psychiatrist, he "eloped" from one Washington, D.C., hospital at least three times to be with cars — cars that each time he stole and drove all over the country. In 1965, he was picked up for stealing yet another car. Gerald entered an insanity defense and was acquitted. Immediately after ward he was sent to a hospital for...

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