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QUEENS, NY — It was the horror that happened among the neighborhood streets of Astoria, with the glittering Manhattan skyline just across the river, that made one of a great city’s best detectives, Dennis Frawley of the NYPD, decide he didn’t want to be a cop anymore.

"Of course, I have very little information to go on … And as I came in, the first thing I noticed was how clean this particular apartment was," Frawley said. "I was directed to the bathroom … there was a little dog protecting whoever was in the bathtub. … And I thought to myself, perhaps this person fell — a home accident.

"And I noticed she had terrible injuries on her head. … And then I looked again. … right by the drain where her feet were, I found several empty ice bags. … Interestingly enough, on top of the toilet tank … there was a large electric fan, and the fan was on … the breeze blowing through this window which opens up.

Detective Frawley soon learned the battered young woman was a vibrant, successful New York City professional. But there was something else — something gnawing at the veteran cop. It was a terrible realization once he learned her name, Danielle Thomas.

Maureen O’Connell submitted papers of her own, saying Jason was verbally abusive, brought knives to school – requested he be placed with social services. Bohn would spend the rest of his youth in group homes. One psychiatrist noted Jason is "seething with rage" and shows resentment particularly in regards to his mother.

"Records from the group homes repeatedly document efforts to engage his mother in Jason’s treatment. And consistently the records indicate that she refuses any involvement. She’s too busy with her work, she can’t come to a meeting, she can’t be part of the treatment planning, she can’t be part of any assessment that has to do with her son," Bardey said. "…she just didn’t wanna have anything to do with them. And Jason knew this. "

Then a miracle happened. Jason Bohn met Dr. John Piacenti, who himself overcame a rough childhood. Dr. Piacenti encouraged Jason to get a GED and go to college. Bohn got a scholarship to Columbia University – the Ivy League. He became a lawyer. But Bohn’s deep-seeded anger, his defense believes, never went away.

Prosecutors Patrick O’Connor and Marilyn Filingeri still can’t quite believe it. They know Jason Bohn brutally beat Danielle Thomas to death. But Bohn’s defense is claiming he’s mentally ill — his anger stemming from his mother abandoning him almost three decades ago.

"It’s ridiculous and it makes a mockery of the judicial system. This is why people … have a problem, with science, psychology, with psychiatry, because they come up with these concepts which are meant to excuse us from taking responsibility for our actions," said O’Connor.

"I think having his mother back in his life was very much … a mixture of emotions for him. On one hand, he was still the child that really wanted his mom. … but at the same token, having her back in his life reignited a lot of the anger," Bardey explained. "He still had, in my opinion, murderous rage toward his mother that was turned to Danielle on the night of the murder."

"There are seven seconds on this voice mail recording that’s silence. That’s a period of time when you hear Snoozer, her dog, bark two times," O’Connor said. "That seven seconds of silence is indicative to me that the defendant has his hands around her throat and was strangling her to the point where she couldn’t even make any sounds.

"Jason has never denied the act of killing Danielle Thomas. It has been the defense’s position that he did so when he was suffering from a mental illness and under extreme emotional disturbance," Greenberg said. "Jason Bohn is a classic case of intermittent explosive disorder."

It’s a rare defense used in less than one percent of murder cases in New York State: Jason Bohn should have a reduced degree of responsibility because he suffered an extreme emotional disturbance. Greenberg likens Bohn’s actions to those of a man who finds his wife in bed with a lover.

"He goes to his drawer. He pulls a gun. ‘You son of a gun!’ Shoots him in the head. ‘You’ll never sleep with my wife again!’ Shoots him in the head," Greenberg said as an example. "You know, he’s in control, but he can’t control his emotions."

"Being out of control doesn’t mean you’re just screaming gibberish and – and — and waving your arms and flailing around," he replied. "You’re just doing something that you really shouldn’t be doing, that you don’t wanna do that your rational reason tells you not to do, but you can’t help yourself."

"I feel he would have been out of control if he would have grabbed her by the neck and that’s it, finish her right there. Then that could have been, like, a moment of madness. But when you release and you go again at it … right there, there’s control," said Rodriguez.

"’Nana," she said, "I would rather die young and do the things that I want to do … and make good memories than to live … with regret and not have done any of the things I’m doing,’" Hardgrove recalled. " So she lived as much in her 27 years as a lotta people do in a lifetime. I think of that often."