Last night, Camille Marino was once again arrested at her home in Florida. You will perhaps remember that, in recent months, she has been repeatedly arrested and incarcerated for violating a restraining order that prohibits her from contacting, threatening and harassing a researcher in Michigan. Despite this order, her behavior persisted and, indeed, escalated.
This time, the charge was the same, but the restraining order involved was surprisingly different. It seems her former friend and confidant – and fellow animal rights extremist – Professor Steve Best sought and obtained this restraining order, and when she defied it, he cooperated with the courts and the police to have her arrested. Note that the police and courts are often the sworn enemy of animal rights terrorists – at least until they need the help of the law themselves.
His filed request for the restraining order makes the facts clear enough. In describing Marino’s abusive behavior, he cites:
verbal, mental, emotional… Just the threats alone because I feel like it’s a fatal attraction thing and it’s getting real bad I fear her and what she will do, since she is known to do this and has serious charges against for it.
I’ve had the misfortune of being aware of Marino’s behavior over the last 3 yrs, and I must admit that it is long clear that there is a distinct pattern of psychopathology at work in her case. Her tendency to rapidly switch between idealizing and demonizing people (as she has done in the case of Dr. Best), her chaotic and unstable inter-personal relationships with other “activists”, her black-or-white thinking and irritability and the overall instability of her mood all point to borderline personality disorder (sometimes called emotionally unstable personality disorder).
Note, this is not the same thing as saying Marino is insane. The personality disorders are not recognized by psychologists and psychiatrists as in the same category as the clinical brain disorders like schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorders. Instead, the personality disorders are disruptions of personality or behavior that are associated with distress or disability and that deviate from the norms of human society. Borderline personality disorder is linked with other personality disorders that share its features: antisocial personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder; one can see aspects of all of these so-called Cluster B disorders in Marino’s behavior. Her reported substance abuse problems are yet another common manifestation of her disorder.
These traits are not, of course, unique to Camille Marino. Rather, other visible animal rights extremists – from Jerry Vlasak to Peter Young to Rick Bogle – share many of these same tendencies and patterns of behavior.
The obvious question is: does this mitigate their responsibility for their criminal and uncivil behavior? I believe the answer is “no” for the following reasons.
First and foremost, there are many people who suffer from conditions like this that do not inflict harm and terror on others, certainly not to the degree that Marino does. Instead, many choose to take advantage of psychologists or psychiatrists to achieve good mental health. Marino has chosen a different path – to inflict her psychopathology on others.
And second, Marino is explicitly aware of the consequences of her behavior. She is not mentally incompetent or unable to defend herself. She knows that she is causing harm, and she takes pleasure in it. This is not insanity.
Marino is (to borrow a word from one of her emails to Best) “spiraling”, and it is likely that this spiral of destructive behaviors won’t stop until she or someone else gets seriously hurt. Unfortunately, there is a large number of people in the Negotiation is Over cabal who are working actively to enable Marino’s psychopathology, rather than to intervene to assist her in getting the psychological help she so obviously needs. They are each responsible for all the human damage done by her behavior, but it seems that they are unlikely to do anything but throw more fuel on the destructive emotional fire that rages inside of her.
Postscript: My statements here do not amount to a professional opinion. Formal diagnoses for psychological or psychiatric problems require a structured, personal interview between a patient and a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. The statements here are my personal opinions, only.