The Feather Thief - Chapters 15-17 Summary & Analysis

Kirk Wallace Johnson
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Edwin is given a psychological evaluation by Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen, "Britain's leading authority on autism and Asperger's syndrome" (138). In Dr. Baron-Cohen's report to the court, he stresses that Edwin was not motivated by money but by "an 'obsessional' interest in fly-tying" that made him "so over-focused on this art-form [...] that he developed 'tunnel vision'" (139). The doctor also writes that "it had not dawned on him that he had done anything bad in taking the stuffed birds" (139). Dr. Baron-Cohen diagnoses Edwin with Asperger's syndrome and writes that the condition "also prevents the individual from conforming to social norms and leaves the individual vulnerable to getting into trouble withe the law through social naiveté or poor decision-making" (139).

On April 8, 2011, Edwin returns to court. The prosecution argues that "'the offense was committed for financial gain' and that it was not impulsive but carefully planned" and introduces...

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