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‘Love you more than life itself’

Mother Amy Bruce of Caratunk, Maine, had a note in her purse to her son, Will.

In it, she wrote, “I love you more than life itself.”

Her husband, Joe, and she had been trying to get treatment for their son, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He was discharged from a psychiatric hospital at the recommendation of a “patient advocate.” Out of the hospital, on June 20, 2006, he killed his mother on her 48th birthday.

In custody, he finally received the treatment his mother was seeking for him. In a 2010 article in the Bangor Daily News by journalists Christopher Cousins and Judy Harrison, Will expressed regret and sorrow.

“I don’t ever want to go back to that state of mind,” Will said.

Will is now treated and stable. His father advocates for #treatmentB4tragedy. So does Will.

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