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N.Y. Psychiatrist Held on Gun Charges

January 9, 2003

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) _ A psychiatrist was ordered held without bail on weapons charges Thursday after he allegedly told a patient that he planned a killing spree, then bought a pistol and silencer.

Dr. Richard Karpf, 50, pleaded innocent to charges of second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The most serious charges carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

Additional charges of conspiracy to commit murder were being considered, Nassau County Assistant District Attorney Fred Klein said.

The prosecutor said Karpf paid $1,600 for a .22-caliber automatic handgun, a silencer, and four clips of ammunition and told his murder plans to an undercover officer, who he thought was an unlicensed gun dealer.

``He indicated to the undercover police officer ... that he wanted to shoot the people point blank in the head and the heart,″ Klein said.

Karpf was arrested Wednesday outside a Home Depot. ``I deny all of that, none of that is true ... It’s a mistake,″ he said as he was led into court.

Police began monitoring Karpf after the patient told authorities about two weeks ago that the psychiatrist had mentioned the murder plot and had tried to procure a gun from him.

Klein said the patient told authorities that Karpf planned to kill his victims all at one time, dismember them and dispose of them in the ocean.

Investigators have not determined who the intended victims were, although Klein indicated one may have been another of Karpf’s patients. No motive has been determined, Klein said.

Karpf’s next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

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