Split personality crime: who is guilty?
By Jessica Hamzelou JOHN WOODS was a smart college student in a loving relationship. That was until he saw an unfamiliar footprint on his girlfriend’s carpet. The couple argued, and Woods suffocated her. He also stabbed her roommate to death when she tried to intervene. But Woods escaped the death penalty. The court took into account a psychiatric assessment performed after the crime, which concluded that Woods had multiple personality disorder – formally known as dissociative identity disorder (DID). The crime was not the work of John, but of his insane “alter”,