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Ken Kesey
Trouble at Perkins
Trouble at Perkins

It may be some time before we know the exact circumstances surrounding the killing last week of a patient at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup. What we do know is that this was the second such tragedy to occur there in little over a year, and state health officials need to make figuring out what went wrong their top priority before anyone else is killed. Both the victim and the alleged perpetrator in this tragedy had histories of serious mental illness and violent behavior. That's not unusual at Maryland's maximum security mental hospital, but cases in which a patient is killed have been rare. Before the deaths this year and last, no patient had been killed in 50 years....