- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon City-area woman who stabbed her husband after deciding he was possessed by Satan has been placed under state mental health supervision for 20 years.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/VRACTh ) that 62-year-old Helen Vendela Fricke was sentenced Monday. A Clackamas County Circuit Judge ruled she will be supervised by the state Psychiatric Security Review Board. She pleaded guilty except for insanity April 7 to attempted murder.

Court records show that Fricke has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was under a physician’s care, but her medications were inadequate, leading to delusions.

Prosecutors say Fricke buried a butcher knife in her husband’s back in April 2014.

According to a mental health evaluation, under proper medications, Fricke has been much better able to control her behavior.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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