Date: November 1976
On Thanksgiving Day, 1976, Officer Robert Torsney shot 15-year-old Randolph Evans in the head outside of a Brooklyn housing project. He then got into his vehicle and calmly drove back to the police station, where he was arrested. Torney would later describe the killing as an out-of-body experience. When the case went to trial, Torsney's defense was that he was stricken with a rare form of epilepsy, and Dr. Daniel Schwartz—who had been appointed to examine the "Son of Sam" killer David Berkowitz—declared that Torsney had suffered a psychomotor seizure when he shot Evans. However, Torsney's testimony had nothing to do with Schwartz's diagnosis, as he claimed he killed Evans in self-defense. This is a form of "mini-stroke" that has no indicative signs, and may never return again. The defense worked, and Torsney was acquitted by reason of insanity. He was committed to a mental institution.
In 1978, Torsney was released, as a Brooklyn State Supreme Court said he was no longer a threat to society. He showed no signs of mental illness.