Zodiac Suspect Ross Sullivan started at Riverside City community College on 9/11/1961, he was gone from the area (Glendale-Riverside CA) from 11/1/1961 to 2/1/1964. Zodiac Suspect Ross Sullivan gleefully claimed to students at RCC that he had been in the Patton State Mental Hospital for the criminally insane in Patton CA from 11/1/1961 to 2/1/1964, he was a dangerous schizophrenic.
Patton State Hospital is a large mental hospital in Highland that houses the court ordered criminally insane, it serves five Southern California counties including Riverside County. Around 1,300 severely ill patients are treated here each year, confined to a cluster of beige buildings with a terrible history of violence and death. Court-ordered patients, often called "forensic patients," are sent to Patton in one of several ways. The vast majority are deemed incompetent to stand trial, so a judge sends them to the hospital until they are sane enough to return to court, usually a 3 year stay. Others have used an insanity defense, which means they will stay in Patton for years, if not decades. Zodiac Suspect Ross Sullivan gleefully claimed he had been in the Patton State Mental Hospital for the criminally insane from 11/1/1961 to 2/1/1964, Patton State Mental Hospital patients received electric shock treatments in the 1960's.
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