There is a problem with the way that we perceive the mentally ill, namely too many people do not understand that they can be wonderful convincing lairs who can spin very convincing stories. It may be that they them self believe these delusions that makes them so believable but it is also the case that amongst the general public there is this underlying belief that its easy to tell when someone is bonkers. Its of course not so at all. With this thought in mind lest consider the case of Samantha Azzopardi who has been leading the authorities in Dublin such a merry chase aground the gooseberry bush. Not only was she not the 14 year old abuse victim that they thought she was but she is in fact more than a decade older than they believed her to be:
Sadly during my life I have come in to contact with a number of individuals who were suffering from mental illness and I know how hard it can be to tell that they are in fact not thinking clearly .They can be most convincing to strangers even when their behaviour and story does not quite add up . As sad as the case of Cornelia Rau is hers seems to very much be a case of people taking her at face value.-
Then as now a young woman has been taken at face value and had her liberty curtailed as a result from the story it seems that she is at least mentally challenged if not mentally ill. I am just waiting for someone to insist that its the fault of the Australian government on some rather shaky pretext and I wonder how long it will be until there is an ambulance chasing lawyer seeking damages form the Irsh and Australian governments.because they failed to find the truth about this woman sooner.
- Mystery woman Samantha idenitified (heraldsun.com.au)
- Mysterious Dublin woman’s 40 aliases (smh.com.au)
- Mystery girl found wandering Dublin streets is Australian Samantha Azzopardi (dailymail.co.uk)