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Aaron Schaffhausen leaves the courtroom during a break in the trial to determine if he was insane when he killed his three young daughters.

Attorneys wrap up Schaffhausen trial: Rare illness or revenge?

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The defense's expert witness, a clinical psychologist who claims Aaron Schaffhausen suffers from a rare mental illness and was insane when he killed his daughters, offered the only reasonable explanation for the murders, claimed public defender John Kucinski.


Lead prosecutor Gary Freyberg called the defense's diagnosis of catathymia "a wild and unsupported opinion." He said the evidence shows Schaffhausen acted out of anger and revenge.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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