A longtime psychology professor at Millikin University in Illinois will be allowed to keep teaching at the school despite reports that he killed his family in 1967 and was committed to a state mental hospital for six years.
According to the Chicago Tribune, a story last week in a Texas newspaper, the Georgetown Advocate, identified Millikin University professor James St. James as the person who fatally shot his father, mother and teenage sister in the family's home.
The murders took place when St. James was 15 years old. He reportedly sniffed airplane glue before the shooting and had paranoid schizophrenia. Jurors found him not guilty by reason of insanity and ordered him held in a state hospital until he became sane.
At the time of the killings his name was James Wolcott, but he changed it after his release from the mental facility. St. James has taught at Millikin since 1986 and is the chairman of the university’s Department of Behavioral Sciences.
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“Millikin University has only recently been made aware of Dr. St. James’ past,” said a statement issued by the university, according to the Austin American-Statesman. “Given the traumatic experiences of his childhood, Dr. St. James’ efforts to rebuild his life and obtain a successful professional career have been remarkable. The university expects Dr. St. James to teach at Millikin this fall.”
St. James earned a doctorate in psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, according to his biography on the Millikin website.