Anthony Barnwell

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Anthony Barnwell
SentenceIndefinite detention
MotiveMental illness
IncentiveTelepathic communication
Fictional idealizationStargate SG-1

Anthony Barnwell (born 1981)[1][2] is a British murderer and schizophreniac responsible for the murder of six-year-old James Brennan. In 2006, he was sent to a secure mental hospital indefinitely.[1][2]

Murder[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

On 1 September 2005, Anthony was babysitting for Brennan and by grabbing a bread knife he was stabbing Brennan 73 times[1][2] as he laid sleeping.[1]

Stargate SG-1[edit | hide | edit source]

Anthony was receiving telepathic messages from the television show Stargate SG-1 which led him to the attack.[2] These messages told him implicitly that young Brennan needed to be killed.[1]

Pathology[edit | hide | edit source]

Barnwell had been diagnosed by paranoid schizophrenia[1] in 2004. Following his trial Barnwell pleaded gulity on the grounds of manslaughter through diminished responsibility due to schizophrenia.[1][2]

References[edit | hide | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "STABBED 73 TIMES BY A CRAZED BABYSITTER". The Mirror. 27 April 2006. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Boy killer's death threat". Manchester Evening News. 4 May 2006. Retrieved 16 July 2017.