How To Prove You Are Insane.
January 12, 2009, 9:32 am
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Pull out your eye and eat it. Yeah, that’s gotta be the easiest way.

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“HOUSTON – A Texas death-row inmate with a history of mental problems pulled out his only good eye, authorities said Friday.

Andre Thomas told officers he ate it.

Thomas, 25, was arrested for fatally stabbing his estranged wife, their young son and her 13-month-old daughter in March 2004, and ripping their hearts from their bodies. He was convicted and condemned for the infant’s death.

While in the Grayson County Jail in Sherman, Thomas plucked out his right eye before his trial later in 2004. A judge subsequently ruled that he was competent to stand trial.

Last month, a death-row officer at the Polunsky Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice found Thomas in his cell with blood on his face and had him taken to the unit infirmary.

“Thomas said he pulled out his eye and subsequently ingested it,” agency spokesman Jason Clark said Friday.

Thomas was treated at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler after the Dec. 9 incident. Then he was transferred and remains at the Jester Unit, a prison psychiatric facility near Richmond, southwest of Houston.

“He will finally be able to receive the mental health care that we had wanted and begged for from day one,” Bobbie Peterson-Cate, Thomas’ trial attorney, told the Sherman Herald Democrat. “He is insane and mentally ill. It is exactly the same reason he pulled out the last one.”

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– JD

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