Â© Copyright 2010, The Oklahoman The Nichols Hills doctor accused of fatally stabbing his 9-year-old son said he has hallucinated since his arrest about seeing his dead boy and about seeing a "little devil,” a state psychologist has reported. Dr. Stephen Paul Wolf was arrested Nov. 16 after a police officer found him straddling his stabbed son in the kitchen of their home, according to a police affidavit. He repeatedly told the police officer, "He’s got the devil in him and you know it,” according to the affidavit. Wolf, 51, was examined Jan. 6 by the psychologist for two hours because of concerns about his mental competency to face prosecution. The psychologist, Shawn Roberson, reported to a judge that Wolf understands the charge against him and can assist his defense attorney but must continue to receive treatment to stay competent. The 10-page report provides new details about Wolf, his remorse since his arrest and his long mental illness involving religious beliefs. Oklahoma County District Judge Don Deason scheduled a hearing for Tuesday on whether the case against Wolf can move forward. Wolf’s son, Tommy, died from multiple stab wounds. His wife, Mary Wolf, suffered cuts to her hands and face when she intervened. Wolf is charged with first-degree murder in his son’s death and assault and battery with a deadly weapon in his wife’s injuries. Defense attorney Mack Martin declined comment. The attorney had been expected to try an insanity defense. However, the psychologist reported Wolf "stated that he firmly disagreed with one potential defense strategy they had discussed.” Wolf is being held in the Oklahoma County jail. He was hospitalized for a week in December for low blood pressure after he was observed in the jail to be babbling and incoherent. Wolf told the psychologist he first experienced hallucinations in 1984. "He provided one example, describing how he had left church one day and believed the priest was communicating with him from across the church, saying, ‘You’ll be damned.’ Mr. Wolf also described having past paranoid and delusional religious beliefs that he was ‘evil’ and ‘the devil,’” the psychologist reported. "Mr. Wolf stated that while hospitalized … he experienced both hallucinations and delusions. He related that he saw his deceased son and wife present in the room, although he now understands that they were not present. He also indicated he frequently saw a ‘little devil’ which he described as a small ‘body creature’ inside his hospital room.”
‘Cycling of emotions’Wolf said a psychiatrist he has seen since 1991 diagnosed him as having a bipolar II disorder, according to the report to the judge. He said he had been prescribed a mood stabilizer and antipsychotic medication before his arrest. Relatives told police he took his medication inconsistently and, in the days prior to his arrest, vacillated between being on cloud nine to being significantly depressed, according to the report. "It was also noted that his ‘typical response pattern to stress was to focus on religion’ and that Mr. Wolf ‘felt his spiritual soul was in danger,’” according to the report. Jail records show Wolf behaved oddly, had delusions and was "religiously preoccupied” in the first weeks after his arrest, according to the report. The psychologist reported Wolf described himself as being "very depressed.” "He indicated he felt hopeless since his son’s death and felt he had little to live for,” the psychologist reported. Wolf also told the psychologist he cried in jail four to five times a day and slept terribly. Wolf "displays significant difficulty discussing the death of his son without wailing very loudly for brief periods of time. When allowed to compose himself, he was able to do so during this interview,” the psychologist wrote. "At times he exhibited some indifference to what might happen and voiced a feeling that he should be punished,” the psychologist also told the judge. Wolf told the psychologist he had thoughts of suicide as recently as the day before their interview "but denied any plans or intentions of harming himself.” For ethical reasons, the psychologist did not disclose what Wolf said about the stabbing. The psychologist reported Wolf said he had been hospitalized for mental health treatment three times before his arrest, the first in 1984, his first year in medical school, when "he was found by police ‘acutely psychotic’ at a convenience store.” The psychologist who examined Wolf is with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Wolf reported some details about his mental troubles to the state medical licensure board in 1991 when he applied to become a doctor and in 1996 when he renewed his license. The psychologist reported Wolf described having a "rapid cycling of emotions” before his incarceration. "He stated that sometimes he felt ‘high’ and believed he had developed excellent ideas related to relatively unimportant tasks, such as organizing football for his son or restructuring his medical practice,” the psychologist wrote. Wolf also said he had sometimes before his arrest went one to two weeks only sleeping two to four hours each night and had difficulty concentrating, according to the report. "He indicated that more often he felt depressed to a point that he was in an ‘abyss’ and considered suicide,” the psychologist wrote.
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