Spiders Eat Their Young

Spiders Kill Their Young

A Feast of Tears shows life behind the stout walls and triple-locked doors of an inpatient forensic unit at a State Hospital, how some patients are rendered legally competent and others broken in this close air of stifled brutality. Until such time as treatment is effective or the question of mental illness is resolved, all the patients on Admissions wait in a legal Purgatory. It is a story told by a forensic psychologist who has grappled with the professional and philosophical issues raised by the criminally mentally ill.