Frederick is a thoughtful and quiet man, who also doesn’t have any emotions to share with anyone else. When his attorney tells him that he has to find a legally admissible reason to justify his actions, rather than a moral one, he considers it and comes up with an insanity plea. He then convinces a psychiatrist this is a viable option, by insisting he can’t remember any of the events of that night, much less grasp how he could do such a thing. His relationship with Laura shows a past history of being impulsive, physically aggressive, and sometimes violent; he met, courted, and married her within three days of her divorce. He works all day, then comes home and falls asleep at night, oblivious to her going out around the town. It’s unclear whether Frederick plans to stiff his attorney his legal fees to the tune of thousands of dollars, or if he did it at the spur of the moment; but upon release, within 24 hours he has packed up his stuff and gone. His inferior Fe shows in his limited emotional range. He occasionally flies into a vile temper, but doesn’t otherwise adapt to anyone or anything, is oblivious to his need to be likable in front of the court, and makes no effort to charm them or make them see him as innocent. Instead, he just sits there and answers questions in a distant manner.

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Frederick has a notorious temper; it comes out in court that when another man got too friendly with his wife, he started a fight with him and then slapped his wife “hard enough to knock her into a wall” since he thought she was “encouraging this man.” When he found out either about his wife’s affair or her rape (it’s never clear which story is true), Frederick got so mad, he got his gun and went to the bar to shoot him six times, killing him on the spot. When another man makes a reference about his wife in the prison cell block, Frederick attacks and tries to strangle him until the guard comes to check on them. But the rest of the time he maintains a somewhat quiet, distant, arrogant demeanor. He remains calm and unruffled through most of the court interrogations, but his freedom from prison doesn’t make his wife happy, either; their neighbor says, in the final moments of the film, that she was crying as they left, presumably because he’s now free to continue holding her prisoner and bullying her.