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PTSD, Psychopathy, Temporary Insanity & Murder

Oregon Newspaper prints Pulitzer Prize Worthy Story.


(MOLALLA, Ore.) - PTSD as a psychosis is a demon most of us Combat Veterans carry in our brains. It is started and cultivated mostly in Army and Marine Combat Training in which we are trained to be near psychopathic killers with hair triggers. This is the only means to survive in battle in which a one second delay in response can get one DEAD.

The article in The Oregonian November 1, 2009 by Ann Sullivan presents an excellent but grisly story titled DID AN OREGON VET BRING THE WAR HOME. Ms. Sullivan’s research on this subject was excellent. If anyone has any doubts about what PTSD Veteran Victims problems are, they should read or reread her story.

Jessie Bratcher, an Oregon National Guard Veteran/Victim of the Iraq War, was severely psychologically traumatized by his combat experiences. He was trained as a Combat Infantryman and suffered the usual mortar fire, grenades, bursting bombs and rifle fire of combat. His closest friend was crushed before his eyes by an Iraq truck hitting their Humvee. Two weeks later his Humvee was bombed and he suffered brain injuring and worsening PTSD.

Back home he got the usual denial of PTSD symptoms by the VA and for awhile camped out like a hermit, a typical reaction, nightmares with hallucinations of his Iraq service. He finally was amply/correctly diagnosed and got a PTSD pension from the VA. He continued to have nightmares and flashbacks.

When his pregnant, near term wife, told him the baby might be from rape, he flipped. He considered suicide but then in a justifiable rage killed the rapist.

At trial the Prosecuting Attorney, Ryan Joslin, who had no clue and even total disbelief of Bratchers PTSD, was trying to make a name for himself by denigrating Bratchers service and battle trauma. Joslin found a hired gun expert witness who agreed with Joslin.

The defense was able to contradict Joslin’s witness by pointing out that at least 122 Iraq Veterans have been charged or convicted of murders since coming home.

Bratcher’s Defense Attorney, Markku Sario, brought psychologist Rober Stanulis who testified as I have stated that the Army trains soldiers to be instantaneous killers of any perceived enemy and another psychologist, Anne-Marie Smith stated that Bratcher was criminally, legally insane at the time of the murder. Stanulis also stated “soldiers are not de-programmed after coming home”.

The Prosecuter, Joslin, scoffed at the argument that “anyone who serves in the military is a trained killer who we cannot trust”. I have news for Attorney Joslin – Combat Infantryment are trained to kill within a micro-second to danger or they will be killed.

Bratcher was fortunate to have VA Victim Veterans on his jury. They knew of VA denial and malpractice.

The jury found Jessie Bratcher guilty by reason of insanity. He will now possibly get the proper care which was denied him by the VA.

THE REAL VICTIM OF THIS CASE WAS JESSIE BRATCHER. The main defendants should have been the Army and the VA for denying care and not treating him.


Dr. Phillip Leveque has degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and minors in physiology and biochemistry. He was a Professor of Pharmacology, employed by the University of London for 20 years, during which time he trained the first doctors in Tanzania. After training doctors, he became an Osteopathic Physician, as well as a Forensic Toxicologist.

Before any of that, Phil Leveque was a Combat Infantryman in the U.S. Army in WWII. He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 60 years after the war, and specialized in treating Veterans with PTSD during his years as a doctor in Molalla, Oregon.

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Vic November 4, 2009 2:40 pm (Pacific time)

I agree with Chuck....100% !! I felt like I learned something from this article.Thank you.

Chuck Palazzo November 4, 2009 12:15 am (Pacific time)

Great story - revealing, of course sad...but the truth must continue to be revealed and told. And those truly responsible, assume responsibility: namely the US Government! Thank you Doctor, for another great article! Chuck

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