"'I should say this,' federal judge Joseph Lord said solemnly at the sentencing of former anthropology professor John Buettner-Janusch at the end of his 1987 trial. ... 'I don't know of any sentence that has caused me more difficulty, more thought than this one.'" - In the Introduction to book "The Strange Case ... Mad Professor: A True Tale of Endangered Species, Illegal Drugs, and Attempted Murder" by Peter Kobel. Here you can order it from Amazon.
Judge Joseph Lord sentenced academic star John Buettner-Janusch to 20 years in prison. That was for the attempted murder of the federal judge, Charles Brieant, who had previously sentenced him for manufacturing illegal drugs in his laboratory at New York University.
After he served two of those years and was on parole, he put together a Valentine's box of candy which contained poison. He had the background knowledge on how to do that. After all, he had been operating a kind of drug factory at NYU. That might have been a prototype of "Breaking Bad."
His objective was offing the judge and his wife. The goal was to achieve justice, at least in the way his troubled mind designed the parameters for that. When he was just starting out in the work world, Buettner-Janusch had been fired at the University of Michigan Psychiatric facility for his inappropriate behavior.
In his U of M personnel file, it was recommended that he receive psychiatric treatment. Continually, throughout his prestigious career, he was alienating colleagues through his verbal abrasiveness. Probably partly because of that he didn't get tenure at Yale.
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