know, then, that Tommy lied to the police as well. He
lied to them over and over. Not only did he lie to
them, but he was laying it on thick. With Lesse, Tommy
even went as far as claiming he never had sexual
relations with girls or masturbated. Even more
remarkable is the fact that Lesse seems to have bought
it--all of it. He states, from his report:
I was particularly observant with regard to his reactions to my questions and to his overall demeanor during the repeated questioning. The patient responded promptly to all questions. He did not appear to take questions lightly on the one hand, nor did he appear to be extremely apprehensive on the other hand. He was questioned intensively as to who he felt might have committed the crime. He had no specific comments with regard to specific individuals. The patient did mention that there had been some kind of prowler in the area some time prior to October 30th.
There is no need to speculate. Dr. Lesse was fooled. Period. Does this indicate incompetence? Not necessarily. It certainly indicaates that Tommy's capacity for willful deceit is formidable. After all, Dr. Lesse isn't the only professional who he successfully snowed. However, I also suspect Dr. Lesse's examination may have been tainted by a sympathetic disposition towards the patient which precluded his ability to notice obvious inconsistencies--such as the Martha conversation v.s. Tommy [Tommy's] studying recall. The most glaring example of Dr. Lesse's inadequacy as an examiner, however, is evident in the sodium amytal interview section of his report:
[Tommy] was queried on a point by point basis as to the events that had taken place on the night of October 30th and on October 31st. He was repeatedly questioned with regard [^] his attitudes and emotions prior to, during and since October 30th. The patient's responses did not deviate from that which he [sic] had been obtained by direct questioning when he was fully awake as they pertained to the Martha Moxley murder.
The patient was questioned intensively with regard to any referential trends towards his peers or towards Martha Moxley. He was questioned intensively with regard to strong sexual desires towards girls or to Martha Moxley. I could not elicit any evidence of strong feelings towards the murdered girl. Indeed, this young man appears to be psychosexually very immature. I believe this interview is very valid. The patient was so anxious in relationship to the needle that the level of anxiety that was present would have tended to block or prevent a deliberate falsification of the response.
Again, Lesse is wrong. Period. We know that now. What is extremely negligent about this section, however, are its unsupported conclusions. Lesse does not include any quotes from Tommy's testimony under sodium amytal, nor does he explain what exactly Tommy's "attitudes and emotions" were. Moreover, he seems just about willing to overlook even the obvious when it comes to evaluating Tommy's behavior. For example:
The test was performed in the patient's room. As the needle was inserted, he became extremely apprehensive once again, began to whimper and at times cried openly. "Please take it out, please take it out!" he held his body rigid and had to be reassured that nothing would go amiss.