by DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - A man who said he killed seven co-workers
prevent the Holocaust acknowledged Friday that he had researched
fake mental illness.
Michael McDermott admitted in testimony Friday that he lied to
for years to get the antidepressants he preferred. He also
said he typed
"how to fake mental illness" into an Internet search
engine and ordered
a book on malingering.
During cross-examination, prosecutor Tom O'Reilly accused
of making up a complex tale to convince jurors he's insane.
"After many years of playing these games, after many years of
to doctors, after doing research on how to fake mental illness
very good at concocting elaborate fantasy tales, aren't
said. "This is just one big game for you, isn't it?"
"Of course not," McDermott replied.
McDermott repeated his insistence that the archangel St. Michael
to him 12 days before he shot colleagues at Edgewater
Technology Inc. in
Wakefield. He said St. Michael told him he could
travel back in time and
prevent millions of deaths if he killed Adolf
Hitler and the "architects"
of the Holocaust.
In one exchange, McDermott acknowledged that in test-firing
two days before the attacks, he was concerned the noise would
attention of police.
"Because you were doing something wrong?" O'Reilly asked.
"That's the reason they would have arrested me, yes," McDermott
McDermott, 43, finished his testimony Friday morning after
for four hours Thursday about the shooting the day after
Prosecutors say McDermott planned the slayings in retaliation for
company's plan to withhold some of his wages to pay $5,600 in
The defense says McDermott is a deeply disturbed man. In
Thursday, defense lawyer Kevin Reddington walked his
client through his
history of mental problems. He tried to show a
pattern of hallucinations
that culminated in the office shootings.
Testifying about the shootings, McDermott said he had been
to 1940 and was in Hitler's bunker, hearing Hitler's
"The whole idea was to prevent Nazi supremacy," McDermott said.
McDermott described how he walked through the office firing his
and shotgun, but he claimed he saw Nazis, not colleagues.
"There were two men and a woman in front of me. Both of the men
swastika armbands. I immediately shot both of the men," McDermott
Under questioning from his attorney, McDermott said he shot three
"Nazis," then heard "Hitler's thoughts" coming from the
where victims Paul Marceau and Rose Manfredi were
"The last Nazi was there. I shot and killed him. And Hitler was
I shot and killed him. My mission was complete. I knew at this
had a soul."
After the shootings, McDermott returned to the reception area,
he was arrested. He told the jury he died at a police station
from the painkillers and vodka he downed before the
Nearly a dozen family members of the shooting victims got up and
the courtroom during McDermott's explanation of the killings,
some in tears.
McDermott testified that he hears voices telling him what to do.
also said he's tried to commit suicide at least three times and
several times as a boy.
McDermott told the jury the archangel St. Michael gave him his
moments after Edgewater informed him that his wages would be
"I felt great. For the first time in my life I felt I could
what everyone takes for granted - that I could have a soul
and go to heaven,"
When police arrived at Edgewater moments after the slayings, they
McDermott with the weapons at his feet.
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"I don't speak German," was all he said as he was being arrested,