I wish to point out to Margaret Wente that the defence of "not criminally responsible due to a state of dissociative automatism" is not for women only. In January of 1992, Wayne Sullivan shot his wife, Maureen, in the head with his handgun in their home in Prince George, B.C. As she lay dying, he sexually assaulted her female friend at gunpoint. About two years later, a jury said that he had killed his wife and sexually assaulted her friend but found him not guilty by reason of mental disorder, dissociative automatism. Mr. Sullivan remains a free man and has no restrictions on his life.
Voodoo diagnoses allow men as well as women to get away with murder.