Interview: Sun-Times' Dave McKinney On St. James/Wolcott Case

Aug 9, 2013

Dr. St. James

Last month, an investigation by the Georgetown Advocate revealed that James St. James - psychology chair at Millikin University in Decatur - once went by the name Jim Wolcott. 

According to the newspaper, Wolcott shot and killed his parents and teenage sister when he was fifteen and living in Georgetown, Texas.

In the 1960s, a Texas jury declared Wolcott not guilty by reason of insanity, and he spent six years in a Texas state hospital before rehabilitation and release.  He legally changed his name, and earned three psychology degrees, including a doctorate from the University of Illinois.

Illinois Public Radio's Jeff Bossert talked with the Chicago Sun-Times' Dave McKinney about the reaction the news has generated in the community.  McKinney and other Sun-Times staff reporters picked up St. James' story from Illinois.  

Illinois Public Radio reached out to Professor St. James this week.  He declined to comment on the details of his case.