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FBI: Rehnquist tried to escape hospital; had hallucinations

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Perry White, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. Perry White

    Perry White Active Member


    A doctor was cited as saying that Rehnquist, an associate justice of the Supreme Court at the time, tried to escape the hospital in his pajamas and imagined that the CIA was plotting against him.
    The FBI investigated his dependence on Placidyl, which Rehnquist had taken for at least 10 years, according to a summary of a 1970 medical examination.

    When Rehnquist checked into a hospital in 1981 for a weeklong stay, doctors stopped administering the drug, causing what a hospital spokesman at the time said was a "disturbance in mental clarity."

    The FBI file, citing one of his physicians, said Rehnquist experienced withdrawal symptoms that included trying to escape the facility and discerning changes in the patterns on the hospital curtains. The justice also thought he heard voices outside his room discussing various plots against him.
  2. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

  3. Crimson Tide

    Crimson Tide Member

    It's not paranoia if they're really out to get you.

    Who's "they?"

    Well, "they." Or sometimes "them."

    Yeah, term limits on justices may be in order.
  4. ondeadline

    ondeadline Well-Known Member

    Well, don't you want the chief justice of the Supreme Court to have vision? Apparently he had a few.
  5. D.Sanchez

    D.Sanchez Member

    Except Rehnquist was only 57 when he had his pajama party.
  6. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    " . . . and he did it hissssssssssss waaaayyyyyyyyyy . . . "

    Those multiple stripes on the judicial robes were probably also on his jammies.
  7. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Just because he was paranoid didn't mean people really weren't out to get him. [/shotglass]
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