Guilty Plea Entered in Psychiatrist's Murder

A former Honors student has pleaded guilty in the October 2015 killing of a Delaware psychiatrist.  Christopher Frick, 22, admitted to stabbing 55-year-old Caroline Ekong to death after he broke into her Hockessin, DE home in the middle of the night.    He then drove to his parents' home where he phoned 911 and confessed to the murder.   Frick, a long-time psychiatric patient, had first met Ekong three years before when he was admitted to Rockford Centre, a private psychiatric hospital in Stanton, Delaware.  At the time of his admission, he had been a student at the University of Delaware but was placed in Rockford following what has been referred to as a "crisis" at the university. 

Frick apparently developed a hatred for his psychiatrist following her refusal to let him leave the hospital.   After being forcibly held for six days, he apparently  became obsessed with Ekong and conceived the murder scheme as a way of getting back at her.  On one online site, he described Rockford as "a prison which is owned by a for-profit company, Universal Health Services.  Even the most virtuous and non-suicidal person in the world will be imprisoned so that the staff can keep their corrupt jobs and aid in UHS's endeavor to exploit as many people as possible..... The person who imprisoned me was Caroline Ekong, whose ego is so large that she would never be able to admit that she was doing wrong."

After his release from Rockford, Frick refused all medical treatment, including basic medical and dental checkups.   He also reportedly began hearing voices that mocked him for not having the nerve to kill her.  Believing the voices would stop after her death, he drove to her home and broke in around 4 am.  After confronting the doctor, he stabbed her numerous time before driving to his parents' home to confess the murder.   Dr. Ekong's daughter found the body a short time later.   Police later found emails, journal entries, and letter showing Frick's obsession with the psychiatrist though he had no contact with her and showed no indication that he was planning murder. 

Following his arrest, Christopher Frick was charged with first-degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, first-degree burglary, home invasion and possession of burglary tools.   The last three charges were eventually dropped.  While in custody, he has been receiving psychiatric treatment at the Delaware Psychiatric Center.   When appearing in court, Frick responded to all questions appropriately and appears to be stabilized under his current medication.  Three medical doctors have submitted reports with a series of diagnoses including autism-spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. 

He is expected to be sentenced on November 18 and will likely receive a mandatory life sentence for the murder charge and 25 years for the weapon charge.  He has already announced that he has embraced Christianity while in prison and studies the Bible every day. 

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