Putting the Twinkie Defense to shame

This has got to be one of the oddest stories I’ve read all year. Granted, it’s only April, but it’s still pretty goddamn strange. Thanks to Obscure Store for this one.

Michael “Mucko” McDermott shot and killed seven of his co-workers just outside of Boston last year, and is getting ready to go on trial soon. His defense lawyers unveiled his defense today. From the Boston Herald, here is a boiled down version of what happened:

“In a dramatic turn of events in Cambridge Superior Court yesterday, Reddington (the lawyer) outlined his insanity defense, saying McDermott gunned down seven co-workers because he thought they were Hitler and six German generals whom he was sent to kill by angels to stop the Holocaust. McDermott, 43, believes he died while being booked for the killings and that the whole world does not exist, Reddington said.”

This story is so bizarre I’m not sure if it’s real or not. However, one of the officers who arrested him testified that when he approached McDermott, Mucko told him he didn’t speak German.

I’m not sure which idea is scarier: That his story is true, and that someone could become this delusional, or that he has a mind twisted enough to make something like this up.

Further proof, I guess, that we humans are one fucked up species.

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