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Selected Articles By Robert Perske. Printed in Mental Retardation and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (previously Mental Retardation) All articles are posted with permission from The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (formally AAMR), 503 3rd Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001.



"Colorado Governor Pardons Joe Arridy"
by Robert Perske. Vol. 49, No. 3, pp. 192-196. June, 2011

"Perske's List: False Confessions From 75 Persons With Intellectual Disability"
by Robert Perske. Vol. 49, No. 5, pp. 468–479, October 2011




Misunderstood Responses in Police Interrogation Rooms
by Robert Perske. Vol. 48, No. 1, pp. 75–77. February, 2010




Joe Arridy, "The Happiest Man Who Ever Lived on Death Row"
By Robert Perske. Vol. 47, No. 3. October, 2009.


Richard Lapointe—An Unlikely Killer.
By Robert Perske. Vol. 47, No. 2. April 2009.




False Confessions From 53 Persons With Intellectual Disabilities: The List Keeps Growing
By Robert Perske. Vol. 46, No. 6. December 2008.




Coming Out of the Darkness: America's Criminal Justice System and Persons With Intellectual Disabilities in the 20th Century
By Robert Perske. Vol. 45, No. 3, June 2007.

Gisli Gudjonsson's Penchant for Corroboration
By Robert Perske. Vol 45. No. 2, April 2007.




The Big Bang Theory and Down Syndrome
By Robert Perske. Vol. 44, No. 6, December 2006.


Power of a Poet: Karl Williams
By Robert Perske. Vol. 44, No.3, February 2008.




Strange Shift in the Case of Daryl Atkins
By Robert Perske. Vol. 43, No. 6, December 2005.


Unlikely Heroes (Officers Whose Honesty Forced Them to Move Against the Tide)
By Robert Perske. Vol. 43, No. 5: 369-372, October 2005.


Simple Decency: The U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Atkins v. Virginia
By Robert Perske. Vol 43, No. 2, April 2005.




Understanding Persons With Intellectual Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System: Indicators of Progress
By Robert Perske. Vol. 42, No. 6, December 2004.

Thoughts After the Fatal Beating of Ricky Whistnant
By Robert Perske. Vol 42, No. 3, June 2004.


Nirje's Eight Planks
By Robert Perske. Vol. 42, No.2, April 2004.


Earl Washington Jr. lives: Margaret Edds Shows Why
By Robert Perske. Vol. 42, No. 1, February 2004.




Observations of a Water Boy
By Robert Perske. Vol 41, No. 1, February 2003.


Parents Who Moved Against the Tide
By Robert Perske. Vol. 41, No. 2, April 2003.




People With Mental Retardation are Dying Legally: At least 44 Have Been Executed
by Denis Keyes,William Edwards, Robert Perske
Vol. 40, No. 3, June 2002.




We Believe Richard Lapointe Did Not Kill Bernice Martin
By Robert Perske. Vol. 39, No. 1, October 2001.


A Joint Statement: Stop the Execution of Persons with Mental Retardation.
Vol. 19, No. 4, June 2001.


The troubling interrogation of Travis Lee Wright
By Robert Perske. Vol. 39, No. 3, June 2001.




Deception in the interrogation room: Sometimes Tragic for Persons with Mental Retardation and Other Developmental Disabilities.
By Robert Perske. Vol. 38, No. 6, December 2000.


The Ballad of David Wayne Lee. Vol. 38, No. 5, October 2000.
Lyrics from the song by Karl Williams and Robert Perske.  The CD is available at




Prisoners with mental disabilities in 1692 Salem and Today
By Robert Perske. Vol 35, No. 4, August 1997.




The Battle for Richard Lapointe's Life
By Robert Perske. Vol. 34, No. 3, October 1997.



Thoughts on the Police Interrogation of Individuals With Mental Retardation. 
By Robert Perske. Vol. 32, No. 5, October 1994.


Johnny Lee Wilson Did Not Kill Anybody
By Robert Perske. Vol. 12, No. 2, April 1994.




The Dignity of Risk and the Mentally Retarded
By Robert Perske. Vol. 10, No. 1, February 1972.


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This website has been enriched by the caring services of Elaine Banzhaf. Elaine recently retired as the Director and Vice President of the Waukesha [WI] Memorial Hospital. When the need arose for the transforming of certain early printed documents into electronic ones, she gallantly volunteered for this tedious but exacting task.