Thursday, 11 June 2009


Have you also noticed that the term "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder", is, overused? For example, in World War I, soldiers who'd been in the trenches weren't given counselling or support, or psychotherapy. Instead, they were shot. In World War II soldiers in the battle field, or participated in operations such as Dunkirk in 1940, El Alamein in 1942, or Anzio and Normandy in 1944, or people who'd been bombed weren't diagnosed with this or any other mental illness. I know PSTD wasn't a defined condition in the 1940's, but the symptoms must have been present. Back then, individuals, understandably traumatised by WWII, were just told to get on with life.

In marked contrast, someone could be slightly injured nowadays in a car crash, or cut themselves shaving, and then be off work for months with PTSD or "Stress". I believe in some ways, society has got too soft.

The Police thought that a loner, (According to the media, loners tend to be violent, psychopathic murderers although there is nothing to substantiate this claim) named Colin Stagg, murdered a 23-year-old woman named Rachel Nickell in Wimbledon, South London, in July 1992. This is the story

The Police tried to set Stagg up with a "Honey Trap" operation with a sexually attractive female Police Officer, who had the pseudonym 'Lizzie James'. The ploy was, more or less, 'If you confess to killing Rachel, you can have sex with me'. Stagg sent letters to 'Lizzie' , and approved her responses. This continued until July 1993 but, although Stagg's language was filthy, he did not confess to, nor reveal the whereabouts of the murder weapon. This didn't deter the Police, but the case against Stagg collapsed in September 1994. However, suspicions against him remained until 2008, when Robert Napper was arrested and convicted.

"Lizzie" also received a £125,000 pay-out for 'stress'. Also, because of what happened, she apparently developed PTSD. Whilst it is true her career was damaged, Stagg 's name was blackened. She was granted anonymity and we shall never know her identity. Along with obtaining the pay-out, she pensioned out of the Police force. I suppose the £125,000 and pension will have eased Lizzie's 'PTSD'.

Whilst all this occurred, I thought to myself, "What about Stagg, who had his life destroyed by smears and innuendo for years, and had to go on trial for something he didn't do. Yes, he got £700,000 compensation, but what about his PTSD?".


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just discovered that I may well be an Aspie, and I'd just like to let you know that your blog is a fascinating read for me, these are some of the few stories to which I can relate. Thanks for putting your stories on the tubes!

13 June 2009 at 09:52  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home