This is a question that plays on my mind a lot. I often wonder if people would be more forgiving towards a person who killed whilst suffering from a psychotic episode/some other extreme form of mental distress. Does committing such an act whilst suffering from extreme mental illness make a person more worthy of forgiveness? Or are they just as bad as every other murderer? I often think of the moors murderer Ian Brady when I ask myself this question.. I don't think that he's responsible for the murders he committed because he has the inability to think rationally and is clearly psychopathic. Edit: I mean if the murder was directly influenced by their illness. Ie if they were extremely deluded at the time of the killing.