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Saving Worcester State Hospital
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As published in Worcester Magazine on Jan. 20, 2005

During a sticky hot summer in 1989, Richard “Rick” LaFortune thought he was the Messiah. “Jesus” descended on the park in downtown Leominster, where, to begin saving the world, he stripped naked, and folded his clothes neatly in a pile. The local police spotted him, pulled a fast U-ey, swooped him into a blanket and off to jail.

LaFortune had been under a lot of stress, coaching at the Special Olympics, and was getting sloppy about the small dose of medication he was supposed to take. Stress and med changes preceded many of his breakdowns, which had initially started to rear in 1968, when he was 16 attending high school in Fitchburg. Read more..