Psychiatry’s Phillip Resnick explains interviews with crime suspects

Can you fake mental illness?

Slate: After a person is arrested for committing a horrific crime, sometimes people question if he or she can fake insanity for a defense. After the initial background check of the suspect’s history and a review of the crime scene report come lengthy interviews with the suspect. Phillip J. Resnick, professor of psychiatry, said he asks the suspect to talk at length about his history before even mentioning the crime.