Woman committed for Port Orange killings may return

Port Orange, Fla.   A psychiatrist had said that a paranoid schizophrenic woman who gunned down two neighbors in Port Orange would likely spend the rest of her life in a mental health hospital but now seven years after the killings the hospital wants to release her, outraging the victims’ family.

The Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee wants to release Linda Sue Anderson to an assisted living facility in Daytona Beach. Anderson was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 2007 for shooting to death Shirley and Robert Goerlich in Port Orange.
“I think the state hospital’s proposal to release Linda Anderson is irresponsible and reckless,” said Daniel Goerlich, the son of the slain couple.
The 61-year-old Anderson, whose mental illness and gun use date back to her college years in Wisconsin, killed the couple because she claimed that they were torturing her and feeding her cookies with green mothballs. When she was committed in 2007 even her sister said she was afraid of her and thought she should be hospitalized. And that’s where she should stay, Goerlich said.
“Quite frankly, I’m amazed that this proposal is being made based on what we know,” Goerlich said. “Nothing is going to bring mom and dad back but we certainly can do the best that we can to prevent another family from being placed in the same position in the future.
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