Going from working in a high-demand profession to a hospital stay for severe depression can happen to even the most driven, confident employees. Katrien Deboodt of De Haan on the Flemish coast is a well-educated businesswoman. When she became pregnant with her son in 2007, this change, along with stress from her work, caused Deboodt to have an “emotional and psychological crash,” including thoughts of suicide.
During the month-long trial, De Gelder never denied that he entered the crèche armed with a knife and an axe, striking out at anyone within reach. One week earlier, De Gelder had murdered an elderly woman in her home in Vrasene in order, he said, to still the voices in his head urging him to kill.