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Whittemore trial continues Tuesday
Rochester, N.Y. The murder trial of Clayton Whittemore continued Tuesday when Whittemores sister took the stand to recount the years of abuse her brother suffered at the hands of their father.
Whittemore is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Alexandra Kogut in 2012.
A psychiatrist took the stand Tuesday in the defense of Whittemore, testifying that abused children carry PTSD into adulthood, a problem that makes them more likely to lash out against those they love.
Samantha Whittemore said that she and her two brothers were afraid of their father, who once broke her nose and forced her into punishing Clayton by waking him up and beating him for sucking his thumb or wetting his bed.
She said that the children would cover up the bruises and keep the secret because of threats from their father.
He would kill us, Samantha Whittemore said. He would find us. He would find my moms parents and kill them too.
Psychiatrist Dr. Rory Houghtalen considers it the worst cycles of sadistic child abuse he has ever heard. Two months after the fight that killed Alexandra Kogut, Dr. Houghtalen interviewed Clayton Whittemore for 15 hours.
During that interview, Whittemore told Houghtalen he was angry at the tone of voice Kogut was using when they attended a house party.
The argument escalated into a shoving match in Koguts dorm room and that is when Whittemore said that he snapped.
He said that was like a reflex. Something just rose, Houghtalen said. He lost all ability to think-he lost all control of his behavior.