Tales of Greybriar House

Donald Haynes Institute of Mental Health
Patient Record No. 0764-C
Patient Name: Ricci, Joseph A.
Primary Caretaker: Watts, John D.
Date of Transfer: Aug. 4, 1939
Date of Release: n/a

Session No. 1
Date: Aug. 9, 1939
Patient Condition: Stable
    Met with Mr. Ricci for first time. Patient was sullen
but understandably so given circumstances. Seems moderately
receptive to idea of further sessions. Did not attempt to
broach topic of patient's medical or criminal affiliations.

Session No. 2
Date: Aug. 24, 1939
Patient Condition: Stable
    Too early to say if patient will prove amiable.
Conversation was stilted and ceased entirely at the mention
of the late Mrs. Ricci. Will not bring up again. Patient 
seems to be adapting well to new institute after transfer
but struggles to socialize with other patients.

Session No. 3
Date: Sept. 9, 1939
Patient Condition: Agitated
    Patient seems to be developing nervous ticks. Shies away
from interaction, flinches at unexpected noises. Mr. Ricci
declined to comment on whether other patients are being
physically abusive. Session cut short due to extreme
discomfort in patient.

Session No. 4
Date: Sept. 21, 1939
Patient Condition: n/a
    Session postponed following admittance of patient to
infirmary. Patient covered with lacerations, contusions,
etc. Wounds ruled not self-inflicted. Security personnel now
assigned to all regions of institute. Culprit(s) of attack
    Police are impatient for Mr. Ricci's confession.
Patient has neither admitted his own ties to Theodore
Torrio's Prohibition-era liquor empire, nor provided evidence
to incriminate Torrio's extended family in the business.
   Will push these topics in future sessions.

Session No. 5
Date: Oct. 2, 1939
Patient Condition: Poor
    Patient will no longer make eye contact. Mutters to self
during sessions. Largely unintelligible but snippets sound
like, "...not...well..." Potential self-analysis of condition?
    Mr. Ricci was comfortable discussing his transfer from
the Cedar Point Psychological Hospital. Patient became
hysterical at the mention of his insanity plea following the
infamous Fourth Street massacre. Similar
lines of questioning proved fruitless.
    Patient remained hysterical, repeating, 
"...not...well..." until he had to be sedated.

Session No. 6
Date: Oct. 29, 1939
Patient Condition: Stable
    Patient was uncharacteristically clear-headed. Mr. Ricci
addressed me with a smile and calmly walked me through his
involvement with Theodore Torrio's illicit liquor operation
and the planning of the killings to secure Fourth Street from
a rival gang. Torrio's extended family helped hide his
accomplices. Torrio himself paid off the judge and secured
Ricci's innocence-by-insanity ruling, in exchange for Ricci's
silence. Ricci's wife's death served as Torrio's reminder to 
keep quiet when questioning began.
    Transcription of session en route to police. Patient
seemed oddly at peace at end of session.

Session No. n/a
Date: Oct. 31, 1939
Patient Condition: n/a
    Patient was found at the bottom of the well on institute
property at 8:37 a.m. by the postman. Pronounced dead shortly
after. Ruled apparent suicide.
    It is unclear how Mr. Ricci would have escaped from the
institute of his own power.


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