The Journal of Zelda Shields

Campaign: Murderers and Mad(wo)men

Case# 3344216
When I got to work this morning, I received a phone call from a detective Holly. Detective Holly explained that he had just left the scene of a very interesting case.

Holly:Hello Mrs. Shields, how are you today?
Shields:I am doing well. What about you?
Holly:I am doing well myself; however, I need your help.
Shields:What can I help you with Mr. Holly?
Holly:I need your help in trying to diagnose a man named Hamlet with a mental illness from the scene I just left.
Shields:Okay, I can help you with that! Is there any way I can schedule an interview with him?
Holly:No, that’s what I was about to tell you. There is no way for an interview because Hamlet is deceased. When I arrived at the scene Hamlet, his mother, his uncle, and another man by the name of Laertes were all dead.
Shields:Was there anyone alive? Is there anyone else that I can talk to who knew Hamlet very well?
Holly:Yes, there is. His name is Horatio. Horatio was the only one alive when I arrived at the scene, and he told me he was Hamlet’s best friend. He was able to tell exactly what happened, and he is actually the one who wanted us to try and diagnose Hamlet with a mental illness or see if he was even mentally ill.
Shields:Why does he want to see if Hamlet has a mental illness?
Holly:This is a very interesting case; therefore, I think you would have more luck talking to Horatio.
Shields:Okay, I can do that! Do you have his contact information?
Holly:Yes, his phone number is 123-456-7890.
Shields: Okay, I will give him a call! Thank you Mr. Holly.
Holly:No, thank you!

After getting off the phone with detective Holly, I was very curious to why Horatio would want to see if Hamlet had a mental illness; therefore, I decided to call him.

Shields:Hello Horatio, my name is Zelda Shields. I am a professional psychologist and I specialize in diagnosing mental illnesses. I received a phone call this morning from detective Holly, and he informed me that you were wanting help to see if we could figure out if your friend, Hamlet, had a mental illness.
Horatio:Yes, I was wondering if there was any way you could see if he had a mental illness. I don’t know if you will be able to though. Hamlet is deceased.
Shields:I can certainly try my best! Why do you want to see if Hamlet has a mental illness?
Horatio:It’s a long story. Could we meet and talk?
Shields:Yes! We can schedule an interview. How about 2:30 p.m. at my office?
Horatio:Yes, that sounds good!
Shields:Okay, see you then.

After the phone call with Horatio, I was even more curious as to why Horatio would want to try and diagnose Hamlet with a mental illness.

Horatio arrived on time, and we began the interview.

Shields:So Horatio, why would you like to see if Hamlet had a mental illness?
Horatio:Well Horatio’s father was murdered, and not even a month later his mother married his uncle. Hamlet was really angry at his mom, and Hamlet believed his uncle had killed his father.
Shields:I can see where Hamlet would get mad about that;however, how does that make you think he was insane?
Horatio:Well you’re going to think I am crazy saying this;however, Hamlet saw his father’s ghost and talked to him. When he talked to his father’s ghost, he told Hamlet that his uncle did kill him and he needed to take revenge and kill his uncle.
Shields:I’m not saying I don’t believe you, but I’m going to have to be very cautious trying to diagnose Hamlet because I don’t know how much of your story is the truth.
Horatio:Throughout Hamlet’s house there are cameras everywhere. I could get you the recording so you could watch them.
Shields:That would be great! Until you can get the recording, you can go ahead and finish your story.
Horatio:Okay, well after Hamlet talked to his father’s ghost, he was determined to kill his uncle;however, he did not want to just walk up to him and kill him. Hamlet told me that he was going to start pretending he was insane so he could kill his uncle.
Shields:So Hamlet was pretending he was insane to kill his uncle?
Horatio:Yes, but as time went on he seemed as if he was really insane.
Shields:What was he doing that made you think he actually turned insane?
Horatio:After Hamlet talked to his father’s ghost and he told Hamlet he needed to kill his uncle, Hamlet was very skeptical about it. One day he was dead set on killing him and the next day he was contemplating it. Hamlet also started acting weird towards the woman he was in love with. Her name was Ophelia. Some days he acted like he loved her and other days he acted like he didn’t. The day of her burial, Hamlet got into the grave with her and confessed his love for her. I do not know this for a fact, but I think Hamlet was contemplating killing himself because he could not take what was going on. I would just like to know if Hamlet was mentally ill or not for my own closure. He was my best friend.
Shields:Why don’t you get the recordings from Hamlet’s and I’ll watch those and see what I can do.
Horatio:Okay, I can do that. Thank you so much for your time.

Horatio returned the next day with the recordings. I told him thank you that I would watch them as soon as possible.

After watching the recordings, I noticed Hamlet speaking to someone in his mother’s room whom I could not see. It may have been his father’s ghost;however, I could not hear anyone else talking back to Hamlet and his mother did not seem as if she saw or heard a ghost either. I also noticed that when Hamlet started acting insane, he goes to Ophelia and makes her very upset. However, on another day he tells her how much he loves her. On a different day, Hamlet tells Ophelia to go to a nunnery. Hamlet seems like he does not know how he feels or what he wants with Ophelia. I also discovered that Hamlet killed Polonius, when he was talking to his mother, thinking it was his uncle spying on him.

After talking to Horatio and watching the recordings, I came to the conclusion that Hamlet had Bipolar I Disorder. When someone has Bipolar I Disorder, they are flying suddenly from one idea to the next, they have mixed emotions, and they may also suffer from depression. I believe that Hamlet suffered from all of the symptoms. Hamlet was flying suddenly from one idea to the next when he was trying to decided whether or not to kill his uncle. Hamlet also had mixed emotions about Ophelia. One day he said he loved her and the next he was telling her to go to a nunnery. I also believe that Hamlet suffered from depression. I believe that Hamlet suffered from depression because of his father’s death and his mother marrying his uncle. I believe this because Hamlet may have been contemplating killing himself. Lastly I diagnosed Hamlet with Schizophrenia. When someone is schizophrenic, they may have depression and suicidal thoughts. They may also have bizarre behavior, hear, and see things that are not there such as ghost. Therefore, I have diagnosed Hamlet with Bipolar I Disorder with depressive episodes and Schizophrenia.

After I came to the conclusion of Hamlet’s diagnosis, I decided to call Horatio and ask him to stop by my office so I could tell him about my conclusion.

As I told Horatio of my conclusion, I handed him a typed and printed copy of my findings so he could read it. After Horatio read over my conclusion and why I came to that conclusion he became very confused.

Horatio:So you think Hamlet had Schizophrenia because he saw his father’s ghost?
Shields:Yes, and because he was also showing signs of depression.
Horatio:Well I don’t think Hamlet should be diagnosed with that!! He did see his father’s ghost!! I saw it too!!! If he is schizophrenic because he saw his father’s ghost that means I am too!!! And I am not schizophrenic!!!
Shields:You saw his father’s ghost too?
Horatio:Yes, and I am not schizophrenic!!
Shields:Well I am sorry that I have upset you. I just thought you would like to know what I diagnosed Hamlet with.
Horatio:Yes, I wanted to know! But I am concerned that if Hamlet had schizophrenia because he saw his father’s ghost that I may have it!! But I know I am not schizophrenic!!!
Shields:Would you like to come back in another day and we could run some test, talk some more, and see if you have any mental illnesses yourself?
Horatio:Yeah I guess we could do that.

After talking with Horatio, he decided to come in for more examination. I am hoping to be able to diagnose him soon or allow him to go on with his life after to loss of his best friend.
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The Death of Jerry
As I walked into work today, I noticed a file sitting on my desk. This is not uncommon; however, there was a big red sticky note on the top of it that said, “PLEASE HELP.” I became a little worried until my boss walked in behind me and told me that detectives and other psychologist had been working on this case, and were very flabbergasted by it. My boss told me that they had sent this case to me to see if I could use my expertises in diagnosing mental illnesses to help diagnose a deceased man named Jerry with a mental illness. I told him I would love to help. My boss exited my office as I opened the case to read it.

As I opened the file, there was a piece of paper labeled “Case Overview.” The overview had very little on it; however, this made me want to try and diagnose Jerry even more since noone else was able to do so.

Case Overview

Since I had the contact information of Peter, I decided to call him and ask if we could meet for an interview.


Interview with Peter and Zelda Shields
Case # 45778

· Zelda: “Peter, how did you know Jerry?”
· Peter: “I did not know Jerry. Jerry approached me as I was sitting on a bench in Central Park.”
· Zelda: “What do you mean that Jerry approached you? How did Jerry approach you?”
· Peter: “As I was sitting on the bench reading a book, I heard someone saying I’ve been to the zoo, I’ve been to the zoo! I did not pay any attention to them because I did not know they were talking to me. I realized they were talking to me when they kept getting louder and louder and then finally yelled,” Mister, I’ve been to the zoo.” When I looked up, I saw a man standing there. It was Jerry.”
· Zelda: “What did Jerry do next? What happened?”
· Peter: “ Jerry started talking about all kinds of different things. He was asking questions, telling stories, and making rude jokes.”
· Zelda: “What kind of rude jokes? Do you remember anything in particular Jerry was saying?”
· Peter: “ Yes, I remember as I was lighting my pipe getting ready to leave Jerry ask me if I was going to get lung cancer. I told him no and he said I would probably get cancer of the mouth and I’ll have to wear one of the things that Freud wore after they took half off his jaw off. I ask him if he meant prosthesis and he said yes. He asked if I was a doctor, I told him not that I had read that in a Time magazine. He then told me that Time magazines were for blockheads.”
· Zelda: “I can see where that can be taken as a rude joke. Is there anything else you can remember that Jerry said?”
· Peter: “I remember Jerry telling me that he knew I wasn’t going to have any more children by the way I sat. That made me a little furious.”
· Zelda: “How did Jerry react when you got furious?”
· Peter: “He did not notice, or acted like he did not notice.”
· Zelda: “What else did Jerry talk about? Anything out of the normal?”
· Peter: “Well, Jerry kept telling me he went to the zoo, he also told me about the apartments where he lived, who all lived there, and everything he knew about them. He also told me about his family and how he had no one. He kept jumping from subject to subject when he was talking. However, there is one thing Jerry told me about that I thought was a little weird.”
· Zelda: “What did he say?”
· Peter: “He told me about a time he tried to kill a dog. He said that the dog hated him so he tried to befriend it. He said he fed it hamburgers everyday for five days, and on the fifth day he put poison in the hamburger to kill the dog but it did not kill him. Jerry said after he tried to kill him and it did not work he ended up being friends with the dog.”
· Zelda: “How did you react to this story?”
· Peter: “I did not understand, I almost got upset about it.”
· Zelda: “How did Jerry react?”
· Peter: “Jerry got furious that I did not understand why he did what he did to the dog, so I tried to leave.”
· Zelda: “So did you leave? What happened?”
· Peter:” No, Jerry begged for me to stay and began tickling me.”
· Zelda: “Why was he tickling you? What happened next?”
· Peter: “I assume he was tickling me so I couldn’t leave, so I ask him what happened at the zoo.”
· Zelda: “He hasn’t told you what happened at the zoo up to this point?”
· Peter: “No, he kept jumping around subjects when he was talking and he never got to why he went to the zoo.”
· Zelda: “Oh okay, what did Jerry say? Or what happened?”
· Peter: “ Jerry began to tell his story but he kept poking me asking me to scoot over on the bench so he could have more room. After about the third time I ask him if he had enough room and he started punching me telling me to scoot over. I got annoyed because I could not move over anymore. I told him I could not move over anymore and he needed to stop punching me. He punched me again and I ask him what was wrong with him, and he told me he was crazy. He then began to tell me he wanted the bench and I needed to het off of it.”
· Zelda: “Did you get off of the bench?”
· Peter: “No, we argued for a little while about who should get off of the bench. Jerry told me to get up and fight like a man if I wanted the bench. About that time, he pulled out a knife and I thought he was going to kill me.”
· Zelda: “What did Jerry do with the knife?”
· Peter: “He threw it at me.”
· Zelda: “Threw it at you? What do you mean?”
· Peter: “He threw it at my feet and told me to fight for the bench.”
· Zelda: “So did you pick up the knife?”
· Peter: “Yes, I picked it up and held it in front of myself for defense, and then..”
· Zelda: “And then what?”
· Peter: “ Jerry ran into the knife and stabbed himself.”
· Zelda: “Well what did you do?”
· Peter: “I freaked out. I did not know what to do. Jerry was thanking me, he told me he came to me and I comforted him.”
· Zelda: “What did you say?”
· Peter: “I did not say anything. Jerry told me to run before anyone saw what happened.”
· Zelda: “Did you run?”
· Peter:” Yes, as I was turning to run away, Jerry took out a handkerchief and wiped the knife off…I guess of any fingerprints.”
· Zelda: “So Jerry basically killed himself and thanked you for doing so.”
· Peter: “Yes.”
· Zelda: “Okay, thank you. This will conclude our interview.”


After I finished my interview with Peter, I had a few illnesses in mind that Jerry might have suffered from. I believe that Jerry suffered from two illnesses. I believe Jerry suffered from rare neurological symptoms call Witzelsucht, and I also believe he suffered from borderline personality disorder. When someone suffers from Witzelsucht, they have a tendency to make puns or tell inappropriate stories in socially inappropriate situations. People that suffer from Witzelsucht do not understand that their behavior is unnatural; therefore, they are nonresponsive to others’ reactions. I believe Jerry showed many symptoms of this illness. Jerry made a few inappropriate joke towards Peter such as: when he asked if he was going to get cancer and talked about Freud, when he said Time magazine was for boneheads, and when he told Peter he knew he was not going to have any more children because of the way he sat. Jerry also did not make any notice to Peter’s reactions to his stories which were also inappropriate in that situation since he did not know Peter. I also believe Jerry suffered from borderline personality disorder. When someone had borderline personality disorder, they get attached to people to quickly, and they tend to start arguments with them. Jerry also showed many symptoms of this illness. Jerry started talking to Peter out of no where and did not want him to leave. Jerry tickled Peter trying to stop him from leaving. After Jerry stopped Peter from leaving he then began an argument with him which led to his death. Therefore, I believe Jerry suffered from rare neurological symptoms called Witzelsucht with a borderline personality disorder.
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Case #33652 Kidnappers and Mental Illnesses
This past Wednesday at work, I was asked by an investigator to use my expertise at identifying mental illnesses. I was given a case that involved the kidnapping of a fifteen year old girl named Connie. The file explained that Connie was kidnapped by a male with an unidentified name and age. However, investigators talked with another male, Ellie, that was supposedly with and knew the kidnapper, and he said the kidnapper went by the name of Arnold Friend. I was given this case to see if I could identify any mental illnesses in the kidnapper, Arnold Friend. Without being able to talk to Arnold, because he has not been seen or heard of since this incident, it was very hard to diagnose him with any mental illnesses. However, since investigators were able to get in touch with Ellie, I decided to talk with him myself.

After talking with Ellie, I received some very helpful information; however, I do not know how reliable he is so I have to be very careful in diagnosing Arnold with any mental illnesses.

Ellie told me about the day Arnold kidnapped Connie. Ellie described the car as a gold convertible jalopy. Ellie said Arnold talked and argued with Connie for a while trying to get her to come with him. He told her everything about herself, her best friend, and her family. He said that Arnold threatened to hurt Connie’s family if she did not come with him; therefore, Connie gave into him and walked outside. When Ellie told me that Arnold told Connie everything about herself, her best friend, and her family, I questioned what he meant. Ellie proceeded to tell me that Arnold told Connie where her family was, what they were wearing, and what they were doing. He also told her the name of her best friend, where her and her best friend were the night before, and what they did. With this information I felt as if Arnold had been stalking Connie. Therefore, I ask Ellie if he knew if Arnold had been stalking Connie in any kind of way. Ellie said he knew Arnold saw Connie in the parking lot of a dine-in restaurant and he told her,”Gonna get you, baby.” With this information, I decided that Arnold had been stalking Connie. Stalking is considered as the unwanted or obsessive attention by an individual or group toward another person. Stalking behaviors are related to harassment and intimidation and may include following the victim in person or monitoring them. Before finishing my interview with Ellie, I finally ask him if he knew where Arnold and Connie were. Ellie stated he did not know where Arnold had taken Connie, or what he had done with/too her. With all of the information I could get out of Ellie, I finished my interview and tried to think of how I could get more information.

With Arnold and Connie still missing, I decided to talk with Connie’s parents and investigators about posting a missing persons ad online and around the neighborhood. Connie’s parents and the investigators all agreed that the missing persons ad was a good idea. The ad showed a picture of Connie with all of her information,a description of the car Arnold Friend drove, and a number to call if anyone had any information about Arnold or Connie’s whereabouts.

A few days after the ad was posted I got a phone call from a man that said he had some information. He told me his name was Billy Green and he was Connie’s next door neighbor. I asked him if we could meet up and talk and he agreed. Billy said he noticed when a car, that had never been seen in their neighborhood before, pulled into Connie’s driveway. I asked him to tell me what it looked like, and it matched the description Ellie gave me a few days earlier. Billy then began to tell me he saw the car had two men in it so he kept watching what was going on. Billy then told me that the driver looked as if he was much older than Connie and he had shaggy black hair. I asked if he could tell how old Arnold was. Billy said he could not tell but he knew he was much older than Connie. Billy also stated that Arnold looked much older than Connie, but dressed and seemed to be acting younger. I asked Billy if he had any more information but he said he did not, he did not see anything else because he had went inside. With this information, I became a little more worried about Connie being kidnapped by someone much older than her that may have been trying to disguise himself as someone younger. However, with this information I am closer to being able to diagnose Arnold Friend.

Since stalking is a behavior and not a mental illness, it is taking a good deal of time to try and diagnose Arnold with a mental illness. However, the fact that Billy says Arnold was an older man that was portraying himself as a younger guy helps a lot. I believe Arnold Friend has Dissociative Identity Disorder. With Dissociative Identity Disorder, a person does not who they are, and they have multiple personalities. A person may believe they are a different age, sex, or race, and pretend to be someone they aren't. People with Dissociative Identity Disorder do things they normally would not do such as: following someone, stealing from someone, and being violent. I believe Arnold has shown many symptoms of this disorder; therefore, I have diagnosed Arnold with Dissociative Identity Disorder. The community has been warned that Arnold has Dissociative Identity Disorder,he is still missing, and could be dangerous. They have also been told to keep a look out for him and Connie as well.
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A Rose for Emily.
A Rose for Emily

  • Why did she keep her father's corpse for three days?
  • Did she kill Homer? If so, why? Also, if so, is she sane or insane?

  • Father was the only man in her life.
  • She loved him and did not want to lose him.
  • She was sick.
  • She was abandoned by the man whom she was to marry.
  • Emily meets a new man.
  • She bought arsenic and did not give a reason.
  • Package arrives labeled for rats.
  • She loved Homer, and Homer loved her.
  • She was planning on marrying Homer.
  • Emily dies and they found Homer's body upstairs.

After the death of Emily Grierson’s father, Emily kept her father’s corpse for three days, claiming he was not dead. A witness says that prior to her father’s death, she was also abandoned by the man whom she was to marry. I believe Emily kept her father’s corpse for three days because he was the only man in her life, since her future husband left her, and she did not want to lose him. After these tragic events, the community witnessed that Emily became very sick. I believe Emily became sick because of the loss of her father and the man whom she was to marry. The community says that they knew Miss Emily had nothing left, and she would have to cling to that which robbed her, talking about her father. The summer after her father’s death, Emily met a new man named Homer Barron. Emily and Homer fell in love, as a witness states, they took buggy rides every Sunday afternoon. With plans of marriage in the future, Emily orders a monogrammed toilet seat with Homer’s initials. The community tells us that Miss Emily also orders a complete outfit of men’s clothing, including a nightshirt. After being together over a period of time, Emily goes to the drugstore to purchase arsenic. Emily is required to give a reason for her purchase, but she does not say. The story says the package arrives at Emily’s labeled for rats. Years go by, and Emily becomes very much like a hermit. The story tells us that Emily’s door remains closed to outsiders, and she never leaves her home. The story also states that Emily also closes the upstairs of her house. Emily eventually passes away, and the entire town shows up for her funeral. Some time after her funeral, the upstairs is opened and Homer’s body is found laying in the bed with a long strand of Emily’s gray hair on the pillow.

I do believe Miss Emily is insane. I believe that Emily did kill Homer, using the powerful poison arsenic. I believe that she killed him because of their love. I believe she killed him because she knew he loved her, and she did not want him to leave her like her previous man. I also believe she killed him because he was the only man in her life since her father’s death and she did not want to lose him. Emily knew Homer loved her so she killed him to “save their love.” However, witnesses said Homer was not the marrying type; therefore, I believe this is another reason Miss Emily killed him. Miss Emily knew he loved her, but she knew he was not the type to marry, so she killed him before he could leave her. Witnesses tell us that Miss Emily’s father ran off all young men for they were not quite good enough for her. Therefore, I believe Emily killed Homer so he could not be ran off, even though her father had passed away. I believe Emily had trouble thinking clearly, and killed Homer because he loved her and did not want him to be ran off, or him to leave her. I believe Emily suffered from Necrophilia and Schizophrenia. Studies have been shown that people who are necrophilic have an attraction to corpses. People diagnosed with Necrophilia spend an abnormal amount of time with corpses, and have sexual interest in them. When you are schizophrenic, you have trouble thinking clearly, having normal emotional responses, and you also have very bizarre behavior. Miss Emily suffered from many of these symptoms. Miss Emily apparently had an attraction to corpses. First, Miss Emily kept her father’s corpse for three days before turning him over for burial. Second, when Homer Barron’s body was found upstairs of Miss Emily’s house, there was a long strand of gray hair on the pillow next to him. Taking this as evidence that Miss Emily had been sleeping with his corpse, I have came to the conclusion that she was attracted to his corpse and spent a lot of time with it. Miss Emily also had many symptoms of Schizophrenia. Miss Emily bought arsenic for an unknown reason, which is considered a bizarre behavior. Once again, taking the strand of hair, on the pillow, as evidence that Miss Emily had been sleeping and spending a lot of time with Homer’s corpse, this is also considered bizarre behavior.
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