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Patient stabs psychiatrist 40 times in Italy, killing her: police
September 4, 2013

Psychiatrist Paola Labriola

Italian psychiatrist Paola Labriola was found stabbed to death in Italy on Wednesday. Police in Puglia say the attacker sat patiently in the waiting room before his deadly appointment.

ROME — Investigators in Italy say a patient stabbed his psychiatrist some 40 times, killing the woman during their appointment at a public health facility.

Police said the attacker, a man in his 40s with a history of drug and alcohol abuse and a criminal record for drug dealing, was subdued by a colleague of 53-year-old psychiatrist Paola Labriola. She had been meeting privately with the patient Wednesday in Bari, a city in the southern region of Puglia.

Prosecutors said investigators were examining the attacker’s medical records to learn why he was under treatment. No motive for the attack was immediately known.

Puglia’s health commissioner, Elena Gentile, said she was told that the attacker had sat calmly in the waiting room for 30 minutes before his appointment, showing no signs of agitation.