Woman's request to change name to Lucifer denied

November 19, 1995|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,SUN STAFF

Susan Elizabeth Gohl will remain known as Susan Elizabeth Gohl.

In a rare legal dispute over a change-of-name petition, Ms. Gohl -- a 42-year-old patient at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, a state facility for the criminally insane in Jessup -- has lost her bid to change her name legally to Lucifer Nuranu Adonis.

Howard County Circuit Judge James Dudley denied on Friday Ms. Gohl's request to use the new moniker formally. He voiced concern that the requested name would aggravate Ms. Gohl's mental illness.

Judge Dudley said Ms. Gohl could try to change her name again if she is released from Perkins, where she was committed after setting fire to her mother's Kent County home in 1991.

Ms. Gohl testified that her mental condition has nothing to do with her requested name.

"I like the name," said Ms. Gohl.

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