“Mr Cleaver” too nuts to stand trial for shrink slashing
THE MANIAC accused of hacking Irish psychologist Kathryn Faughey to death with a meat cleaver is too deranged to stand trial, it has been announced. Mentally ill David Tarloff, 40, who thinks he is the Messiah, is accused of repeatedly stabbing Kathryn, 56, at her Manhattan clinic earlier this year in a crime which shocked America.
As well as slashing Kathryn, he is also charged with attacking her colleague Dr Kent Shinbach when he tried to come to Faughey’s aid.
However, experts brought in to examine him say he is mentally unfit for a trial, court documents say. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the latest ruling but Manhattan State Supreme Court Judge Charles H. Solomon is expected to send Tarloff to a state psychiatric facility, where he will be incarcerated until he is found fit.
Tarloff’s attorney Bryan Konoski said: “He’s a mess. Worse than I have ever seen him.” Tarloff has been nicknamed “Mr Cleaver” by fellow inmates.