The sensational murder that revealed cracks in the system

Michael Laudor was living in lockdown at a mental health facility when he received his acceptance letter to Yale Law School. Before his paranoid schizophrenia had flared out of control, he had been admitted to the top seven law schools in the country. Michael deferred his admission and enrolled the next year. He was about to experience the best — and worst — years of his life. 

A Terrible Turn

Friends had warned Caroline Costello against dating Michael. But she couldn’t be dissuaded, even when she learned about his violent delusions. Michael was ostensibly doing well, with a big story in The New York Times about his success in academia. A movie deal soon followed, with Brad Pitt set to portray Michael. 

When Michael stabbed Caroline to death, everything changed.

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