Friday, September 19, 1997

Tracy Nesdoly

p. News 5.

Shrink rapped on Doe report

Analysis commissioned by cops 'skewed'

A police report suggesting Jane Doe is delusional and suffers from a personality disorder is "extremely skewed and very dangerous," her psychiatrist said yesterday.

"I have serious concerns about the accuracy of the report," Dr. Vincent De Marco said. the report, commissioned by the police is "a result of personality disorder... there's no basis for it (that opinion)," testified De Marco, who said he has known Doe almost 13 years.

He said he has serious concerns about the diagnosis of Dr. Graham Glancy, hired by the police defence team to examine Doe. Glancy interviewed Doe over a period of a few hours, court heard.

Glancy determined Doe has a mixed personality disorder, which is characterized by histrionics, narcissism and paranoia, court heard.

"There is absolutely no evidence for any of that," De Marco said.

De Marco also told court he dismissed as "nonsense" another psychiatrist's assessment that Doe had sado-masochistic tendencies.

He told court he began treating Doe for depression in June 1985 and saw her through much of her trauma after her August 1986 sexual assault. He said he diagnosed her as having major depressive disorder, which he described as a "chronic depressed feeling... insomnia, panic and anxiety."

He said the rape -- made more horrible by the fact that the "rapist was talking to her in an intimate fashion (throughout), which is like a devise used in horror films" -- was deeply traumatizing, similar to the effect of torture. De Marco said Doe suffered from a very severe form of post traumatic stress disorder as a result of the attack, and said some of its effects include distrust in men and institutions.

"She was just keeping her head above the water," De Marco said of the months after the attack. De Marco told court he felt Doe would be on anti-depressants for the rest of her life.

Doe is suing the Metro Police for $1.2 million, claiming she should have been warned that a serial rapist was attacking women in her Church and Wellesley Sts. neighborhood. She said the police used her as "bait" to capture Paul Douglas Callow, known as the Balcony Rapist, now serving 20 years for five assaults.

"Balcony Rapist" case... [Fiona Stewart]

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