WI Triple Murder Raises Issues of Jails’ Evaluating Mental Problems


Jaren Kuester of Wisconsin hadn’t made sense for days, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Demons were following him. His dead puppy was alive, he thought, and being used in dog fights at the humane society. He was God’s “chosen one.” His father tried to get him a psychiatric evaluation last month, but he wouldn’t cooperate. After he was arrested, he went to jail, where his father told an officer he needed help. But Kuester was released, and he allegedly drove 100 miles, broke into a farmhouse, and stabbed to death three people he never had seen before. Waukesha County Sheriff Daniel Trawicki said Kuester was asked a standard set of questions when he was booked into the jail. Do you think about harming yourself? Do you have any injuries? “There was nothing out of the ordinary that would cause any concern,” Trawicki said.

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