Fonds BC1589 - Demitrios Tsafendas Psychiatric Papers

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Demitrios Tsafendas Psychiatric Papers


  • 1944-1966 (Creation)

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One archival box comprising 13 folders

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Donated jointly in 2019 by the children of Dr Aubrey Zabow, Phillip Zabow, Frank Zabow, Louise Sebba and Steven Zabow.

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The papers were received or gathered by psychiatrist Dr Aubrey Zabow as a member of a panel of psychiatrists appointed by the defence team of Demitrios Tsafendas, who had been charged with the assassination of Dr Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd on 6 September 1966. The papers include the initial state medical and psychiatric reports; transcript of police interrogation and statement by Tsafendas; transcripts of the defence lawyer's initial interviews with Tsafendas; transcripts of psychiatric examinations by psychiatrists and a clinical psychologist appointed by the defence team; statements of witnesses; historical medical reports on Tsafendas from overseas and Somerset and Groote Schuur Hospitals; and published professional articles.


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A related archival collection in Special Collections is BVF15 Liza Key Collection. This includes extensive archival footage of interviews as well as transcripts created in researching a film about Demitrios Tsafendas, "The Furiosus" (alternative title "A Question of Madness").

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