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February 13, 2014 Former Cuban Boxer Gregorio Maso Ramirez Kills Nursery Coworker Gregorio Maso Ramirez, 58, of St. Paul, turned himself in and admitted to investigators that he brought a knife to work and stabbed coworker Uriel Navarro Ortiz, 44, of Fridley. The stabbing was at the lunchroom at Bailey Nurseries in Newport Minnesota as Ramirez became enraged after Ortiz turned down an offer for a ride home. According to another worker, the offer was odd because he "hated" Ortiz". Doctors believe he has paranoid delusions due to impairments similar to Dementia Pugilistica caused by head impacts, and that he probably believed Ortiz and prison guards were trying to kill him with poison gas, and only attacked an officer to get a gun to commit suicide. His mental illness may have been due to his career when Ramirez was a member of Cuba's Olympic boxing teams in 1984 and 1988 Olympic teams and later coached its national team
DP, also known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been identified in some professional boxers, football players and others who may have experienced multiple concussions or head trauma. It can cause death, but this is apparently the only case ever linked to a murder.
Doctors concluded he suffers from a psychotic disorder and organic brain impairment similar to Dementia Pugilistica. DP, also known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been identified in some professional boxers, football players and others who may have experienced multiple concussions or head trauma. It can cause death, but this is apparently the only case linked to a murder. doctors have deemed the symptoms severe enough that Ramirez poses a threat to the public.
"(Ramirez's) mental illness has manifested itself in the form of paranoid delusions that others are trying to poison his food and water, or administering poison gases, in an attempt to harm or kill him," the commitment order said. "While incarcerated, (Ramirez) refused to eat and drink, which resulted in a 26-pound weight loss in a six-week period. The Respondent was also observed engaging in head-banging against the jail cell walls and bars." Ramirez also allegedly repeatedly punched a corrections officer until the officer used a stun gun to subdue him. Ramirez subsequently told officers he believed the holding room was filling with poisonous gases and that he attacked the officer to try to get a gun to commit suicide, the judge's order said...
Jeff Astle: West Brom legend 'killed by boxing brain condition' Ex-England striker Jeff Astle died from a brain condition normally linked to boxers rather than Alzheimer's disease as previously thought, a neurosurgeon has claimed. He said Astle, who died, aged 59, in 2002, was killed by chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He said this had been caused by heading footballs. Dr Stewart said CTE was formerly known as dementia pugilistica - a progressive degeneration of the the brain caused by repeated head trauma.
Did heading a ball kill six members of Aston Villa's FA Cup winning side? Call for inquiry after player's family discover he died of condition linked to heading leather balls footballs, a pressure group claimed yesterday. The possible list of victims from the Aston Villa team that beat Manchester United 2-1 was uncovered by the family of West Bromwich Albion legend Jeff Astle. His death, at the age of 59, was due to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and a coroner ruled that the Alzheimer's-like illness was caused by his heading of heavy leather footballs.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke