Prescribed drugs and violence

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  1. Rommelvon

    Rommelvon New Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Goldsboro, NC
    List started Feb 05, regularly updated. Current version:

    19th AUGUST 2006.

    Christopher Pittman, 12, with the
    grandfather he loved so much but
    killed shortly after starting Zoloft.

    Christopher Pittman, aged 12, (Paxil then Zoloft). Known amongst family as 'pop-pops shadow', he
    had always been very close to his grandfather. Shortly after being prescribed Zoloft he shot both his
    grandparents dead and burned the house down. Imprisoned, he waited 3 years for trial, and was then
    tried as an adult - a practice acceptable in the USA. [Defence pleaded involuntary intoxication.
    Preparing for the expected homicidality-Zoloft link, Pfizer lawyers involved themselves early into the
    case with prosecution. Jury opted for murder verdict. Ongoing appeal against the sentence lodged].
    See the defence manual Pfizer used with added comments on some of their tactics evident therein
    at: and the online video regarding
    Christopher’s case at his lawyers’ site:

    Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work
    using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s file, then attacked his younger brothers
    and sister.

    David Hari, aged 43, (Zoloft) Illinois, shot and wounded his wife and shot and killed Jeffrey Thomas.
    Convicted in 2002 and sentenced to 73 years.
    (In January 2006 the Supreme Court overturned the
    convictions on the grounds that Judge Bernardi erred by not giving the jury instruction on involuntary
    intoxication. New trial commenced in March 2006).

    Andrew Myers, 28 (Zoloft) Within two weeks of starting on Zoloft he hit a long-time friend in the
    head with a spiked, pronged brass knuckle-type weapon known as a "ninja key ring" during an
    argument. Attempted murder charges.
    (Acquitted - Zoloft induced).

    David John Hawkins aged 76, Australia (Zoloft) strangled his much loved wife with no warning.
    (Judge found: "I am satisfied that but for the Zoloft he had taken, he would not have strangled his

    Leslie Demeniuk, Florida, (Zoloft then Paxil) killed her four-year-old twin sons in 2001. (Trial was
    put on hold while prosecutors appeal a judge’s ruling that two defence experts could testify that
    Demeniuk was “involuntarily intoxicated” and “psychotic” as a result of taking Zoloft and then Paxil,
    but in Feb 2006, she was found guilt of 1st degree murder).

    Christopher Bernaiche, 26, (Prozac) of South Rockwood in 2002. Two days after Prozac dosage
    doubled, fired wildly around killing 2 men, and wounded 3 others after pool game argument. (Defense
    pleaded mentally ill and prozac induced rage, jury verdict 1st degree murder. Judge has recently
    ordered a retrial as prosecution withheld info sent to them relating to evidence linking prozac and
    violence. Retrial Pending)

    Donald Schell, (Paxil). 48 hours after starting Paxil, he killed his wife, daughter, granddaughter and
    himself. (Jury found Paxil at cause and ordered GlaxoSmithKline to pay $6.4 million to surviving
    family members).
    Merrilee Bentley Australia, (Paxil then Effexor) attempted murder (with suicide) of her young
    daughters. (Judge ruled that Effexor had "gravely impaired" Merrilee Bentley's capacity for rational
    thought and action. He imposed a two-year suspended jail sentence and told her she was free to go

    Cody Posey, aged 14 (Zoloft) killed his abusive father, step mother and stepsister 2004. [Ongoing:
    Found guilty 2005 and as at February 2006, now aged 16, he awaits sentencing - possibly as an adult.]

    Victor Brancaccio (Zoloft) aged 16, Florida, Learning disability. 2 months into Zoloft & with
    increasing hostility and anger, killed a woman who said something which upset him while he was
    taking a walk to try to calm down.

    Andrew Golden, aged 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people killing
    four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.

    Brian Storey aged 17 (Zoloft). Described as the All-American boy, Brian killed a woman 5 days after
    starting the prescribed medication. Arresting authorities found only Zoloft in his system. At his trial,
    the examining psychiatrist that Brian had described events as like being in a dream, and had suffered a
    manic reaction to the drug. Found guilty, he was sentenced to life without parole.

    Daryl Dempsay, 35, (Zoloft) stabbed his wife and two children at their home in Burlington, Kan., then
    shot and killed himself.

    Mark Barton, Atlanta day trader, (Prozac) killed his family and others in a shooting spree before taking
    his own life.

    Neal Furrow, (Prozac) in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on
    Prozac along with several other medications.

    Cory Baadesgaard (Paxil then 300 mgs Effexor) in Matawa, WA school standoff. This was not long
    after being taken off Paxil cold turkey and changed over to Effexor.
    See GSK’s confidential internal memo with its cartoon re Paxil withdrawal agitation at:

    Eric Harris aged 17 (Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Zoloft & Paxil) in Colombine
    school shooting in Littleton, Colorado, killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and injured 23 others, before
    killing themselves.

    Barbara Mortenson aged 66 (Prozac) attacked her 81-year-old mother, biting her more than 20 times
    and leaving chunks of flesh strewn on the floor after being on prozac for two weeks.

    Dr. Debra Green (Prozac) Kansas City, MO, set her home on fire, killing her children

    Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) - school shooting in El Cajon, California

    Jarred Viktor aged 15 (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.

    Chris Shanahan aged 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.

    Matthew Beck (Luvox) shooting at the lottery in Connecticut that left five dead in a murder/suicide.

    Edward Leary aged 49 (Prozac, Effexor, and 2 other psych drugs) computer consultant. Bombings
    in NY subway, 50 injured. (Defense pleaded drug intoxication, verdict of guilty, 94 years prison

    Elizabeth Bush aged 13 (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania.
    See GSK’s other confidential internal Paxil memos at:

    Nick Mansies aged 16 (Paxil) in New Jersey who was convicted of killing a 6 year old boy selling
    cookies door to door.

    Sue Gray, Orange County, CA (Paxil) who co-workers described as a very caring nurse, killed several
    elderly people.
    Officer Stephen Christian (Prozac) one of the finest officers on the Dallas Police force, who ran into a
    police substation shooting at fellow officers and was killed.

    William Evans (Zoloft) shot one co-worker at the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services before
    shooting himself in Columbus, OH.

    Emiri Padrone (Zoloft) smothered her 10 month old baby girl with a soft toy then committed suicide by
    stabbed herself in the chest with a knife. She was under psychiatric care and prescribed Zoloft.

    Christina Fetters aged 14 (Prozac) in Iowa who killed her favourite aunt.

    Christopher Brockman aged 16 (Zoloft, Risperdal, Adderall) killed a woman by frenzied stabbing.
    Several months previously he had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and his mother told how
    his condition had deteriorated in that he was having severe emotional outbursts and other symptoms of
    akathisia. Experts testified that he had been improperly diagnosed with ADHD and inappropriately
    prescribed Adderall and Zoloft and that the combination could cause a psychotic state. He was found
    guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. Various psych drugs were prescribed in the prison with
    little regard to the effects of, or withdrawal from, the same and Christopher hung himself in prison 2
    years later.

    David Rothman (Prozac), a Vietnam war veteran, killed two co-workers and himself at the Dept. of
    Agriculture in Inglewood, California, US.

    Timmy Becton, 10, (Prozac) aimed a shotgun at a Sheriff a month after starting the prescribed drug..
    See FDA 1996 Prozac Adverse Reaction Reports at:

    Christopher Vasquez (Zoloft) killed Michael McMorrow in Central Park.

    Megan Hogg (Prozac) duct taped the mouths and noses of her three little girls and took a handful of

    Steven Leith (Prozac), teacher of Chelsea, Michigan, shot dead the school superintendent and
    wounded two others including a fellow teacher.

    Alex Yun, 26, (Antidepressant), Georgia, called at the door of an apartment asking for a cigarette.
    When the resident of that apartment told him that she did not smoke, he pulled out a gun and shot her
    twice in the abdomen.

    Vera Espinoza (Prozac) in Randolph, VT shot her small son and daughter before shooting herself.

    Mr Cunningham (Prozac) in Layton, UT axed his wife and daughter to death.

    Mary Moffitt, 37 (Paxil and Painkillers) was prescribed Paxil for post-natal depression, but suffocated
    her 5 week old baby and killed herself whilst on the ‘medication’. Police found her on the bed with a
    bin-liner over her head, and the baby’s body under some cushions wrapped in a blanket.

    Margaret Kastanis (Prozac) used a knife and hammer to kill her three children before stabbing herself
    to death.

    Raymond Noll, 58, (Effexor) a man with no history of violence, complained to his doctor of “difficulty
    sleeping, anxiety and worsening depression” on July 1st

    2003 and was prescribed Effexor. The
    following evening his wife, Cynthia, called their son Tony to ask him if he would visit as “Dad was
    getting bad” but wanted first to see how he was by morning and said that she would phone Tony again
    then. At 7.45 on 3
    July a 911 operator received a call from Raymond saying, “I have just killed my
    wife and by the time you get here I will kill myself.” Raymond had shot his wife and himself and both
    bodies were found on the bed, the bottle of Effexor was found with the two previous days’ pills
    missing. The call Tony received that morning was not from his mother but from the Police who told
    him that both his parents were dead.
    See how Wyeth failed to warn of homicidality and suicidality resulting from the use of Effexor at

    Andrea Yates (Effexor and Remeron) of Houston, TX, drowned her five children in the bathtub. The
    drugs had been prescribed at one and a half times the maximum recommended dose. In the first trial at
    which prosecution were seeking the death penalty, their expert witness, psychiatrist Park Dietz, gave
    false testimony under oath re an episode of Law & Order showing a mother drowning her children
    and escaping conviction by pleading insanity. It was discovered in the last stages of the trial that no
    such episode existed. In the retrial that ensued, incredibly prosecutors were allowed to used Park Dietz
    as their witness again and Judge Hill barred his previous false testimony being mentioned in court,
    thus leaving the jury unaware of the question of reliability, credibility & honesty issues in any
    testimony given by prosecution witness Dietz’. Wyeth list “homicidal ideation” as a “rare” side
    effect of Effexor on page 36: and
    in the UK the MHRA have received 3 yellow card submissions of homicidal ideation on Effexor.

    Robert W "Wes" Boner, (Effexor), strangled his girlfriend. Boner told police he was agitated at the
    time of the slaying on April 2, 2004, but did not know why.

    Graduate student Mulumba, 26, (Effexor) of NY killed his father, Dr Joseph Kazigo, in effexor
    withdrawal, by beating him repeatedly with a bat before cutting his throat. Malumba’s mother and
    siblings testified that Dr Kazigo was a sadistic, violent and abusive husband and father. Dr Kazigo had
    cut off his son’s Effexor prescription when Mulumba had resisted his assault. (Ongoing. His attorney
    announced he has agreed to plead guilty to manslaughter, 1st degree)

    Elderly man (Paxil) in Dallas, TX strangled his wife before shooting himself twice in the chest.

    Sergi Babarin (Luvox withdrawal) The Salt Lake Family History Library shooting leaving three dead.
    Withdrawal should be undertaken with great care. See generic advice on how to taper off SSRIs at:

    Lynwood Drake III, (Prozac and Valium) of California, shot and killed six people before shooting

    Larry Ashbrook (Prozac) killed seven people and himself in a Forth Worth, Texas, church.

    Dr. Joseph Coladonato, 61, (Antidepressant) a retired neurosurgeon shot his wife, Eileen, 57, and
    unsuccessfully fired at his brother-in-law outside their home while in withdrawal from the medication.
    Mrs. Coladonato survived her injuries.
    Withdrawal agitation/akathisia can be life threatening to self or others. See Dr Lucire’s article at:

    Seth Privacky, 18 (Wellbutrin) shot his parents, his grandfather, his brother and his brother’s girlfriend
    during a late Thanksgiving celebration.

    Larramie Huntzinger (Zoloft) ran his car into three young girls killing two in Salt Lake City, UT.

    Mary Hinkelman (Prozac), a nurse in Baroda, MI shot her two small daughters and her sister before
    shooting herself.

    Lisa Fox (Prozac) shot her small son and her dog before shooting herself in Brighton, MI.

    Debi Louselle (Zoloft) Salt Lake City, Utah, US, shot her daughter and then herself.

    Gloria B. (Prozac) in Pleasant Grove, UT killed her 17 year old son with a sledge hammer while he
    slept before she attempted suicide by drinking drain cleaner.
    Larry Butzz, (Prozac) a superintendent of schools in Ames, IA shot his wife, son and daughter before
    shooting himself.

    Brandon Bare, 19 (Psychiatric Prescription), Tacoma, accused of stabbed his wife 71 times using
    knives and a meat cleaver. Prior to the murder he had been awarded the Purple Heart after being
    injured in Iraq in 2005 and was enrolled in an Army “intensive outpatient” therapy program and was
    taking a new prescription. Bare cannot recall the attack. He said "I kissed her goodnight last night
    when she was on the computer, and this morning when I woke up she was in the kitchen. She was
    dead." (Ongoing).

    Shawn Cooper, (An SSRI) Notus Idaho, stand off at school.
    Joseph T Wesbecker, Kentucky (Prozac) went into work with an AK-47 and a couple of pistols, killed
    7 co-workers injured 12. A few days earlier his psychiatrist noted that he was exhibiting an “increased
    level of agitation and anger” and recorded in the patient record: "Plan - Discontinue Prozac which may
    be cause."

    Rod Mathews aged 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.

    James Wilson, aged 19, (Psychiatric Drugs – various, including Xanax) Breenwood, South

    Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing two young girls, and wounding
    seven other children and two teachers.

    Gail Ann Ransom. (Prozac) Became increasingly violent after beginning Prozac treatment culminating
    in the strangulation of her mother.

    Jeremy Srohmeyer, aged 18, (Dexedrine) raped and murdered a 7 year old African girl shortly after
    commencing Dexedrine ‘treatment’.

    Kip Kinkel (Prozac) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2
    classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.
    Hank Adams: (Prozac) Former San Diego Deputy Sheriff shot his wife and himself to death in front of
    his seventeen-year-old daughter.

    Reginald Payne (Prozac) UK teacher aged 63 who, eleven days into Prozac, suffocated his wife and
    then committed suicide by jumping off a cliff.

    Vernal Ash, aged 60 (Paxil) of Indiana, shot and killed 22 year old Craig Jenks, and fired at Mr Jenks’
    friend, from his sunroom after calling out and asking them if they were “ready to die”. He then
    committed suicide by turning the gun on himself. Neighbours expressed surprise at the homicide and
    many said that he was a friendly man and not prone to violence. Police confirmed at the time that “he
    may have been on heavy medication at the time of the shooting.”
    Duncan Murchison, (Prozac) threatened to murder his girlfriend while on a rampage. He had no prior
    history of violence but had become increasingly aggressive while on Prozac.

    Jeff Franklin (Prozac/Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work. He
    used a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s file, then attacked his younger brothers
    and sister.

    Luke Woodham aged 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.

    TJ Solomon, aged 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded
    six of his class mates.

    Michael Carneal, aged 14, (Ritalin) opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West
    Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded, and one of whom was

    Boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 who in seizure activity from Zoloft had a stand off at the school.
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    Robert Joseph (Paxil, Celexa and Neurontin) from West Virginia shot and killed a man. The court
    excluded testimony of 'diminished responsibility' for the defence from a forensic psychologist, a
    psychiatrist and one other doctor. (Eventually the case was overturned and remanded for a new trial).

    Mrs. Phil Hartman (Zoloft) killed her husband and then herself. (Wrongful death court case was filed
    but settled by the Zoloft manufacturer).

    Marilyn Lemak (Zoloft) from Chicago and a former surgical nurse, smothered and killed her three
    children believing it to be an altruistic act and then attempted suicide.

    Kristine Marie Cushing, age 39 (Prozac) shot and killed her two children, then shot herself in failed
    suicide attempt.

    Kenneth Seguin (Prozac) drugged his two children, cut their wrists and dumped their bodies in a
    nearby pond before driving home and killing his wife with an axe while she slept.

    Michael Luebrecht (Effexor, Wellbutrin, Zyprexa, Ativan) drowned his 13 month old baby. (As at
    time of listing the case is ongoing with sentencing due on 6
    March 2006).

    Nathan Cheatham, aged 23, (Medication, as yet not known which) shot and killed his mother, Sheila,
    and then drove to a close friend's house in Great Fall and shot three others, before turning the gun on
    himself. Known to be gentle and caring towards people and animals.

    Art Henderson (Ativan) former Police Officer, shortly after being taken off the drug cold turkey went
    on a shooting spree. On 20th April 2006, 3 months after imprisonment he hung himself in jail.

    David Lauren Crespi, 45 (Prozac), a “peaceful and family loving man” stabbed and killed his 5 year
    old twin daughters. (Ongoing, on suicide watch in jail).

    Peter Roberts, respected British Diplomat, (Paxil), attacked cabin crew on flight threatening to kill
    them. For the safety of all and to avoid a major aircraft tragedy he had to be restrained by binding his
    hands and feet. Could not remember the incident. (25th Jan 06 - jury found him not guilty of
    drunkenness and agreed that his behaviour was due to the anti-depressants he was taking and post-
    traumatic stress).

    Ray Furlough, aged 21, (Effexor), in Ellicott City, poisoned his friend with cyanide. Convicted and
    now serving a life sentence.

    Douglas Fathke, (Antidepressants and Other Medication), Hawaii, shot his 8 year old daughter,
    Kelsie, and threatened to kill his friend’s 16 year old son who managed to get away. Has no memory
    of the incident. Found guilty of reduced charge of manslaughter.

    William Davies, 59, (Psychiatric Medication) Wales, UK. Within days of stopping his medication
    cold turkey due to side effects, he shot a six-month pregnant woman and then committed suicide by
    turning the gun on himself.

    Eric Jerror, aged 20, (Effexor prescribed at twice the recommended dose) described as passive and
    non-aggressive, attacked his father with an axe. Could not remember the incident as he had ‘blanked
    out’. September 05 indicted for attempted murder, December 05 was sentenced to a “mental health
    facility for treatment” with stay to be determined by State Commissioner of Mental Health.

    David Zacher, (Paxil) part of a ‘normal functioning family’, stabbed his wife and 4 year old daughter
    to death. A second child survived the attack. (Ongoing).

    Sheila Dawson, 54, (Antidepressants, Sleeping Tablets and other) UK, killed her husband by
    pouring petrol over him and setting him alight, then minutes later committed suicide by driving to a
    motorway bridge and jumping in the path of an oncoming lorry.

    Dawn Serrena Young, aged 34, (Effexor) in Eugene, killed her 17 month old daughter to “protect her
    from spirits” who she believed were sexually abusing her. (Ongoing).

    Richard Staszewski, aged 21, (Antidepressants) attempted to take his own life but could not so went
    to fetch a larger kitchen knife. His mother disarmed him but in the ensuing struggle he regained
    control of the knife and murdered his mother by stabbing her. (Ongoing).

    David Carmichael, (Paxil) from Canada, drugged and strangled his 11 year old son in a motel room.
    Found not criminally responsible because of “depression”.

    Lance Ossman, aged 37, (Effexor) Schuylkill County, fired a barrage of bullets into a truck killing the
    driver. Stated that he didn’t know what he was doing, and that he guessed he “must have gotten out
    and smoked him”. Charged with homicide. (Ongoing).

    Cheryl Green, 40, (Psych medication) London UK, killed her 3 week old son by placing him on the
    gas cooker and turning the hobs up to high. The baby died of 90% burns. In the days prior to the
    killing Cheryl Brown had stopped taking her medication cold turkey. She was made the subject of a
    "guardianship order" at the Old Bailey, presumably similar to sectioning for treatment under the mental
    health act.

    Sarah Johnson, aged 16, (Zoloft and Ambien) shot both her parents and killed them. She was
    sentenced to life imprisonment on both counts of first degree murder without parole and 15 years for
    using a rifle as the murder weapon.

    Robert Lee Harvey (Antidepressants) Shortly after undergoing psychiatric treatment, Harvey cut his
    six-year-old son's throat then stabbed him to death, before stabbing himself.

    Louis Darrell Kinyon (Paxil, Trazodone, Celebrex & others) took a gun to work and shot his boss
    and then turned the gun on himself. He survived and is now in jail. (Ongoing)

    Ryan Ehlis, college student, (Adderall) North Dakota, killed his infant daughter in a psychotic episode
    shortly after commencing adderall ‘treatment’.

    Jeff Weise, 16, (Prozac) Minnesota School shootings March 2005, killed his Grandfather and
    Grandmother, and then went on a rampage at the school. He killed a teacher, a security officer and 5
    students, wounding 7 others (2 critically), before exchanging gunfire with police and shooting himself.

    Michael McDermott (Prozac) - Software Quality Assurance tester who walked into work and shot
    seven co-workers, then waited patiently in the lobby to be arrested. He was described by others at his
    work as a pretty friendly guy.

    Vince Gilmer, 42, (Antidepressant withdrawal) of Fletcher, N.C. strangled his father and mutilated
    the corpse. Withdrawal from an antidepressant medication left him unable to resist the impulse to kill.

    Arthur James Charland, 42, (Effexor), shot to death Linda Faye Owens, with whom he had an 11-year
    affair. He had complained about the side effects of anxiety, nervousness and dizziness.

    A 10-year-old boy (Prozac) shot his father, Dr. Rick Lohstroh. The week before the shooting the boy
    started taking a once-a-week, time-release dosage of 90 milligrams. He took his second 90-milligram
    pill just hours before the shooting. [Ongoing: child has been charged with murder]

    Lakeisha Adams, 18, (Antidepressants) killed her 3-month-old son by putting him in a clothes dryer
    and turning it on for several minutes. A bottle of antidepressant medication was found in the home.
    "she remained calm throughout the whole situation and never really showed much emotion."

    Socorro Caro, 44 (Prozac) California, shot three of her children in their beds and unsuccessfully
    attempted suicide by shooting herself in the head. The fourth and youngest child was unharmed.

    Eric Attwood, 82, (Wellbutrin). Twelve days after taking the first pill, Eric attacked his wife of 60
    years marriage by plunging a kitchen knife into her neck (not fatal), and was planning to kill himself.
    [Ongoing court case: His family, now aware of recent governmental warnings about potential risks
    associated with antidepressants, suspect there is a connection between the drug and Eric’s violent
    outburst UPDATE Aug 2006 – Defence attorney argued insanity due to “adverse reaction to an
    antidepressant”. Was Found NOT guilty due to insanity and not hospitalized, though conditions were
    placed on his release.]

    Gavin Hogg. 34, (Prozac) Dewsbury, UK murdered a businessman and injured two of his relatives in a
    knife attack. He said that Prozac made him feel “cold and calculating” and also told the jury that he
    “never meant to stab any of them”. Life sentence, minimum of 20 years to be served.

    Christopher Ross aged 29 (Antidepressants), Mount Olive, US, shot his wife in the wrist. He said that
    the antidepressants “had the effect of making him feel suicidal”. (Ongoing, Prosecution agreed to drop
    charge of attempted murder, and Ross is now being charged with aggravated assault with sentencing
    expected on 21st April 06)

    Walter Bishop, 60, (Paxil and Wellbutrin), Brockton US, who was described as a perfect neighbour
    and a well-liked grandfather shot a young father multiple times in a road rage incident. The victim died
    shortly afterwards but although he had been holding his baby daughter at the time he was shot, she was

    Stephen Forenz, 42, (Psychiatric Medication) two weeks into withdrawal stabbed his mother at their
    home. His father stated that when he “goes off the drug, he can’t control himself” and that this was the
    “only time he got violent”.
    See various articles on drug-induced violence and the clinical management of akathisia at:

    Stanley Jurgevich (Sinequan). During his murder trial a medical expert testified that "aggressiveness,
    assaultiveness, and agitation" caused by Sinequan had played a significant role in the crime.

    Dustin Lynch, 15, (Paxil) Ohio, ran away from home and was taken in by Jolynn Mishne aged 17 and
    her family. A week later the girl was found at the home beaten in the head and stabbed with a kitchen
    knife which was left protruding from her abdomen.

    Louise Wheldon, 34, (Prozac), Scotland UK stabbed a man in an argument. The High Court heard that
    the stabbing was out of character and a psychiatrist testified that Wheldon was not mentally ill but that
    one of the side effects of Prozac was violent behaviour.

    Gilbert Cano, 32 (Prozac), USA, murdered his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn child by stabbing
    her in the abdomen 3 times and strangling her. Family members believed he was on drugs due to his
    blank stare but authorities found the only drug in his system was prozac. His attorney stated that he
    had no previous convictions of violence and no reason to kill his girlfriend.

    Robert Hill, Australia (Zoloft **and cold/flu meds), shortly after his dose of Zoloft was doubled and
    agitated by loud music from an industrial unit next door, went on a rampage smashing through a
    partition wall armed with a gun and ammunition, killing 2 people and wounding 2 others.

    James Joseph Cain, 40, (Prozac) El Cajon, US, obsessively harrassed his girlfriend, finally murdering
    her by shooting her in the neck. When prosecution refuted his being a good father to his two young
    sons he became extremely "agitated" in the Courtroom and had to be removed. Life sentence.

    Philip Wayne, 20, (Antidepressants) Devon, UK, killed his mother in a frenzied attack, stabbing her
    10 times. 7 months earlier he was diagnosed as schizophrenic and prescribed “strong anti-depressants”
    since which his relationship with his family had “deteriorated”. Admitted manslaughter on grounds of
    diminished responsibility. (Ongoing, awaiting independent report, treatment & circumstances review).
    Man (R.W.C) from Australia, (Effexor, Valium, Amitriptyline and Painkillers), fired at, but missed,
    a friend after an argument at a dinner party. He shot and killed a police officer when his home was
    subsequently surrounded. During examination after his arrest a psychiatrist noted that he was
    "agitated, confused and suffering from disorganised thought" and had no memory of the incident.

    13-year-old boy (Prozac), South Seattle, US, killed his grandmother Louise Frazier who was raising
    him, by hitting her with a baseball bat and then stabbing her to death. The boy couldn't remember
    doing it - but remembers returning from a walk and finding his grandmother covered in blood.

    Patrice Garner, 35 (Prescribed Antidepressant) of Dalton, USA, faces 1st degree murder charges
    after she was found unconscious and her 6 year old girl dead, due to what the toxicology report stated
    as “overdose of an antidepressant”. (Ongoing. Arraignment date set for 24th April 2006)

    Young man in Amarillo, TX, (Prozac, Ritalin and another antidepressant) burned down a church
    and pastor’s home.

    Jason Molacek, 19, (various psychiatric drugs) shot his mother in the abdomen at close range; she
    died 2 months later from the injury. Jason had been taking various prescribed psych drugs since he was
    7 and "took his medication faithfully." In court Jason said that he regretted an act that he could
    “hardly remember doing” and that he couldn’t get over the fact that it wasn’t “some horrible

    Jeanette Swanson, 46 (Paxil and sleeping pills) a week after starting the “treatment” shot her 14 and
    10 year old children while they slept. Her 2 older sons and husband were sleeping nearby.

    James Classen, (Serzone and Wellbutrin), a dental surgeon in Canada, stabbed his wife with sewing
    scissors in their bedroom. His employees said that in the days before the homicide his moods had
    become “unpredictable and a rollercoaster”, “out of character” and a “downward spiral”. When
    questioned, Classen “reported the experience as if in a dream or fog and that he was watching it
    happen”. (Ongoing, physician testified that the “antidepressants could have propelled him into a
    manic state”)

    Alison Davies, 40 (Antidepressant), UK, a caring single parent finding it increasingly difficult to cope
    with her 12 year old autistic child sought, but was unable to get, practical help and eventually was
    prescribed antidepressants. Alison jumped off the Humber Bridge with her son Ryan. Both drowned.

    Albert Boyd, 57 (Zoloft) Indiana, He was first prescribed Zoloft in 1992 and remained on this for 13
    years. In 2005 in cold turkey withdrawal he murdering his wife by striking her several times with a
    skillet and unsuccessfully attempted suicide by drinking bleach, taking an overdose and cutting his
    wrist. He said that his pills had recently run out and he had no insurance. Previously, in 1995 while on
    Zoloft, he had attacked a woman with a knife and served a prison sentence ending in 2002. (Ongoing,trial due June 2006)

    Daniella Dawes (Antidepressant) Sydney Australia, unable to get adequate help with her 10 year old
    autistic son Jason and with various other family problems was prescribed medication for depression in
    July 2003. In August 2003 she suffocated her son and attempted suicide by cutting her wrists. She
    said: “I don’t know why it happened, whatever happened I had no control. My soul had left my body. I
    was just watching through my eyes. It wasn’t me. I knew it was me not having control over myself, it
    was like being on autopilot. I wish I had my boy back. I love him so much. It’s not right I should be
    here. I should be with him. My children mean the world to me. I didn’t do it because I didn’t want
    Jason, I didn’t hate the trauma he caused. It wasn’t about Jason. I never wanted that morning to end
    my life. It’s never that I hated Jason or his disability. I loved him the way he was. It just happened. I
    never had the experience of loss of control, I never experienced that before, I just snapped.”
    Sentenced to 5 year good behaviour bond.

    Maryanne Cooper (Prozac) Australia, diagnosed with post natal depression when her baby was 5 days
    old. Within 3 months she had started to experience signs of deterioration and she eventually killed the
    baby girl at 6 months by suffocation when she couldn’t stop her crying loudly during a feed.

    Kevin Underwood, 26, (Zoloft then Lexapro) started getting ‘weird fantasies’ after withdrawal from
    Lexapro. He restarted Lexapro 6 weeks prior to murdering a 10 year old girl to fulfil a cannibalism
    fantasy. (Ongoing, 1st degree murder charges)

    Mother, 31, (“Psychiatric Treatment”), Spain, drowned her 14 month old baby in the bathtub and
    then attempted to hang herself with an electric cable. Neighbours were alerted to a problem by her
    ‘manic screams’. (Ongoing)

    Jeff Lehner, 42, (“Mental Health Treatment”) former marine sergeant who had originally received
    treatment for PTSD in a psychiatric hospital and was receiving ‘treatment’ at a clinic at the time of the
    incident, shot his father and then himself.
    Lucy MacMartin (Antidepressants and Sleeping Pills), UK, was pregnant and “seriously depressed”
    when she killed her 6 year old son with sleeping pills and committed suicide by cutting her throat with
    a circular saw.

    Ann Marie Gosling, 49, (“Psychiatric Treatment”) an Isle of Man bank worker, stabbed her partner
    several times with a kitchen knife and then unsuccessfully attempted suicide. She had been receiving
    treatment for bouts of “depression and anxiety”. (Ongoing, court awaiting psychiatric report).

    Saheeda Kapde (Mental Health Treatment) set her home on fire killing her 6 year old son Nihaal
    while under the ‘care’ of mental health services in Durham, UK.

    Jason Davidson, 33, (Zoloft and Ambien) Warsaw, shot Samuel Creekmore. His attorney said: “In certain
    circumstances, these drugs (SSRIs) can cause homicide or suicide. Couple that with Ambien, and you get a
    hypnotic state like disassociative reaction.”

    Linda Woo, 40, (Under “Care of a Psychiatrist”) was receiving psychiatric treatment for depression when
    she took put her 2 young children in the family car, got in herself and lit a gas barbecue grill in a
    homicide/suicide attempt. One child died from the fumes, mother and other child survived. (Ongoing trial).

    Dr Karen McCarron, 37, (Antidepressants) a pathologist and dedicated and loving mother, suffocated her 3
    year old autistic child, and took an overdose in a failed suicide attempt. Dr McCarron ran an autism support
    group, helping many families to cope. Prior to killing her child, a friend noticed that she had lately seemed
    desperate and that she was “always crying’ whereupon Dr McCarron confided that she was on
    antidepressants. (Ongoing, on 2 charges of 1st degree murder).

    Leslie Pepall, 28, (“Treatment”) murdered his 4 year old boy and attempted to murder his baby daughter,
    both of whom he was said to idolised, by battering them with a lamp stand and stabbing them before
    plunging the knife into his own neck which he survived. He was being “treated” for suicidal feelings after
    his wife left him and committed the murder within hours of being released from the hospital. He hung
    himself in prison aged 29.

    James Atkinson, (Prozac and other Antidepressants) Army Veteran in Leeds, UK, shot at police, firing 53
    times into the street with a rifle, hitting a police officer who survived due to body armour. He stopped the
    rampage when police shot him in the hand. (Ongoing: Charged on two counts of attempted murder)

    Laurie Dann, 30, (Lithium and Anafranil) on a shooting rampage at an Illinois school, killed one child and
    wounded 5 others before killing herself.

    Martin Diez, 34 (Prozac, Klonopin, Neurontin and Painkillers) dressed as a police officer, carried a tazer
    gun and carried out an armed kidnapping of a 5 year old child. He said he did so because he had “psychic
    powers and had dreamed” the child was abused. He testified that Prozac was for depression, Klonopin was
    for anxiety and Neurontin and painkillers were for an injury. (Ongoing. Facing possible life sentence for
    armed kidnapping, burglary and interference with custody.)

    Kurt Danysh, 18, (Prozac) was prescribed prozac by his GP without any psychological testing. In the first
    few days of taking the drug Kurt, known as an outgoing boy with no record of violent behaviour, became
    moody and withdrawn. In the second week he showed signs of drug-induced hostility and aggression, falling
    out with his best friend then intentionally crashing his truck into a stone wall. After just 17 days on Prozac
    Kurt shot and killed the father everyone knew he loved more than anyone in the world. Kurt said: "I didn't
    realize I did it until after it was done, and then I realized it. This might sound weird, but it felt like I had no
    control of what I was doing, like I was left there just holding a gun." (Kurt was sentenced to 22.5 to 60 years
    in prison. 8 years after his conviction the FDA warned that these drugs can cause suicidal and/or violent
    behaviour, especially in adolescents and children. Despite this there has been no review of the issue of
    involuntary intoxication, verdicts or jail sentences and Kurt, like many others, remains in prison.)
    William Cruse, (Psychiatric Drugs) went on a shooting rampage killing 6 people in Florida. He had been
    under the care of a psychiatrist and on psychiatric drugs for several years.

    Sharon Radtke, 56, (Antidepressants), Michigan, shot her student daughter, 23, as she slept while on a
    weekend visit. Sharon was in withdrawal shortly after losing her job and so unable to afford “her anti-
    depression medication” and had become afraid of losing her home. After the killing she rang the police and
    surrendered on their arrival. (Ongoing, on charges of 1st degree murder).

    Bartley Dobben (Psychiatric Drugs) killed his two children by putting them in a 1,300 degs, foundry ladle.
    Prior to the murder he had been placed on a regimen of psychiatric drugs.
    Kathleen Gannon, (Tranquilizer) Arizona, stabbed her mother to death with garden shears before beating
    her father to death with the butt of a rifle. The day before Gannon murdered her parents, she was “injected
    with a major tranquilizer and given a prescription for the same drug in pill form”.

    Atiba Farquharson, 17 (Prozac) Miami, robbed a gas station and shot the attendant in the arm. Atiba had
    “been on Prozac for years”.

    Luis Avalos, 28, (Treatment for Mental Illness) killed a woman by multiple stabbings and beating her only
    3 weeks after having received treatment for mental illness in a psychiatric hospital. He was fined $10,000
    and sentenced to life in prison.

    Betty Hahn (Pamelor and Xanax) California, bludgeoned her mother to death with a while in withdrawal from Xanax.

    Emanuel Tsegaye (Psychiatric Drugs) a bank employee of Bethesda, MD, opened fire on his fellow
    employees killing three women, critically wounding a male employee and finally committing suicide.
    Tsegaye had been on “psychiatric drugs” for the previous three years after having received psychiatric
    treatment in a mental hospital.

    Mary Feurst, (Antidepressants and other Psychiatric Treatment) a “loving mother and spouse” felt
    homicidal urges towards her children while on Antidepressants and was admitted to hospital for “psychiatric
    treatment”. In June 1982 Mary was discharged after psychiatrists felt that she had made a "significant
    recovery." A month later, Mary Feurst shot and killed her two children aged 6 and 9 years of age.

    Mark Storm (Psychiatric Medication) of Ohio admitted himself to a psychiatric ward in 1997 complaining
    of "stress and panic disorder" and was given "three different types of medication". After 4 days of treatment
    he arranged a follow-up appointment and discharged himself. Later that day he attended a party but the host
    said that he appeared "stressed out" and within half an hour he left the party. That night Mark killed his wife
    aged 26, following which he shot his two daughters aged 8 and 3 as they slept, and drove 2 miles to his
    mother's house where he shot both his mother and his brother. He then went to a favourite childhood spot by
    the Ohio River and shot himself with his last bullet.

    Betty Whitten (Antidepressant) described by her doctor as “usually bright and happy and easy going”
    stabbed her disabled daughter to death with a kitchen knife, then drove her car containing the body off a
    bridge into Fox River, only “two to three days” after being prescribed an antidepressant having complained
    to her doctor that she felt as if “she couldn’t get out of a hole”. (Ongoing: She has been on suicide watch
    since her arrest and transferred to a state facility for “treatment” after being declared mentally unfit to stand
    trial on the murder charge. A state psychologist has indicated that she could become mentally fit for trial.
    Update, June 2006 has been found fit to stand trial.)

    John Hinkley, 26 (Prescribed Tranquilizer) gunned down and seriously wounded President Reagan, a
    Secret Service agent, a police officer and press secretary, James Brady, all of whom survived. Hinkley had
    been under a psychiatrist who had prescribed a “well known tranquilizer”. Two hours prior to shooting the
    president, Hinkley took four of his tablets, which were said in court to have induced the rage. The court
    found him insane and he was sentenced to a max security mental institution.

    Terry Todd Wedding, 27, (Psychiatric Medication) killed his parents, a police officer and the police
    officer's wife. 15 months earlier he had been diagnosed with 'bipolar disorder' and eventually had an
    altercation with his parents who had him committed to a psychiatric unit for 'treatment' which he left just
    prior to the killings.

    Sandi Nieves (Phentermine - diet pill - and Zoloft), a mother who loved being with her children, killed four
    of those children, aged 5, 7, 11 and 12, by gassing them overnight, and later setting fire to the house. Nieves
    and her 14 year old son survived when they were found and taken to hospital suffering from smoke
    inhalation. In court on murder charges she testified about having a 'flashback' of the moment she started the
    fire but stated that she was "hoping it was a dream" and that other than that, she had no memory of what had
    happened. A witness for the defense described her as being in an "unconscious, sleepwalking-like state" at
    the time she set the fire that the combination of phentermine and Zoloft that she had been prescribed was akin
    to a car motor being "accelerated to top speed". Sentenced to death she remains on Death Row in California.

    Cecilia Scoggins, 54, (Psychiatric Treatment) took a kitchen knife and stabbed both parents in the chest.
    Her mother survived the injuries but her father died. A few days prior to the killings she had phoned the
    police saying that "hell was coming through the power lines" and that Jesus had given her the information
    "through several dreams”. (Ongoing).

    Susan Eubanks, 33 (Valium) shot and killed her four children before shooting herself in the abdomen in a
    failed suicide attempt. She survived her own injuries and on recovery was charged with the murders. She
    was found guilty and sentenced to death.

    Adrian Camacho, (Paxil) shot and killed a police officer during a ‘traffic stop’, then broke into his
    mother's home, cut his wrists in a failed suicide attempt and "scrawled apologetic messages on the
    bathroom tiles in blood". In court his psychiatrist testified that Camacho had been receiving treatment
    for heroin addiction and depression for the 15 months prior to the killing. Paxil, methamphetamine and
    heroin were found in his blood. The jury recommended that Camacho receive the death penalty, and a
    Superior Court endorsed that recommendation.

    Dr Mine Ener, 38, (Antidepressant) a Philadelphia history professor, killed her 6 month old daughter
    by cutting her throat with a 12" kitchen knife. The baby was born with Down’s syndrome and while Dr
    Ener was devoted to her care, she became distressed and was treated for postpartum depression. 3 days
    before the killing she was described a “strong antidepressant” and her family are recorded as having
    wondered “if a new medication regime contributed to Ener’s downward spiral”. After the killing she
    stated that she did it because she did not want the child to go through life suffering. She was arrested and charged with 2nd
    degree murder and admitted to and held in the County jail on suicide watch but in
    less than a month was found dead in the jail's day room having committed suicide by suffocating
    herself with a plastic 'trash bag'.

    Peter Odighizuwa, 42, (Treatment for Depression & Stress) went on a rampage at the Appalachian
    Law School he attended, killing the dean, a professor and a student and seriously wounding three
    others. The doctor who first attended the scene described the killings as “executions”. He was the same
    doctor that had treated Odighizuwa for depression and stress in the previous six months.

    Simon Ranteesi, (Paxil) sought help from his doctor after his wife, Milia, expressed her wish for a
    divorce and left home. The doctor prescribed Paxil which he took on a daily basis. During an argument
    when his wife visited, Ranteesi bludgeoned her to death by repeated blows with an 8lb welder’s jack.
    Ranteesi’s only recollection of the homicide is "My wife came at me and she fell down on the ground.
    Tony [his son] said 'Look at what you did.' I didn't know what I did." (Ongoing: Ranteesi has been
    convicted of pre-meditated murder and is due to be sentenced in August 06)

    Jack Saunders, (Zoloft) stabbed his wife who was filing for divorce, severely injuring her, then shot
    and killed his two children aged 5 and 10 years before shooting and killing himself. The coroner
    report stated that his blood tests showed sertraline (Zoloft) in his blood at a ‘therapeutic’ level, which
    indicates a usual dose at prescribed levels.

    Starleen Rutkowski, 47 (Anti-depressants, Mood Stabilizers and Other Meds), angry when her
    husband had not kept her informed as to where he had been, repeatedly ran over him with a mini-van,
    causing his death. She had a history of suicidality, been hospitalised, been diagnosed with bipolar
    disorder, mania and depression, medicated, and suffered psychosis. Found guilty and sentenced to life without parole.

    Navjeet Didhu, 27, (Antidepressants) carried her child of 23 months and held the hand of her 5 year
    old while jumping in front of an express train at Heathrow, UK, killing her children and herself. She
    had re-commenced treatment for depression 3 months prior to the incident. Her antidepressants in
    those three months had been “changed repeatedly without explanation”.

    Sonita Barkley (Antidepressants) of Norfolk US drowned her three children in the family home before
    drowning herself in the Elizabeth River. She had started ‘treatment’ for postpartum depression a few
    days earlier.

    Magdalena Lopez, 29, (Bipolar Depression Treatment) US, killed her two sons aged 9 and 2 by
    beating them with a barbell. She was described by friends as “very kind and loving”, “the sweetest
    and kindest friend”, “a mom …who loved her little boys”. Already diagnosed as ‘bipolar’ and
    receiving treatment, shortly before the homicides she had attempted suicide and been “briefly
    institutionalized”. (Ongoing)

    Lynn Giovanni, 45 (Depression Medication) US author of “Judicial System Loopholes” battered her
    14 year old daughter to death with a hammer and shovel, then drove her own car into a highway
    guardrail in an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Friends described how she had suffered a lot of
    misfortunes, had become depressed as a result and was on “a lot of medication”.

    Isabel Sherr, 31, (Zoloft) tried unsuccessfully to drown her two children aged 4 and 19 months. She
    had been treated for postpartum depression after her youngest child was born and a few days prior to
    the incident had been prescribed Zoloft but a defence expert stated that this had “exacerbated her

    Tonya Vasilev, 34, (Psychiatric treatment) Chicago, US, killed her 9 year old son and 3 year old
    daughter in a frenzied attack , stabbing them approximately 500 times. Later that day her husband
    arrived home to find his children killed and his wife still there covered in blood. She had been
    undergoing treatment for mental illness “for several years”.

    John Hogan, 32, (Antidepressants) from the UK while on holiday in Crete, pushed his 6 year old child
    Liam over the balcony killing him and jumped with his 2 year old child Mia immediately after. He and
    Mia survived. Friends and family were quoted as saying ““Liam and his Mum and Dad were lovely
    and we just can’t believe that this has happened.” John Hogan had a history of “depression and
    antidepressant use”and media report police blood tests revealed antidepressants and alcohol. (Ongoing
    Aug 2006 recovering from fall in hospital, facing murder and attempted murder charges when well)

    Marianne Streeter, 33, (Antidepressants) NY, took her children aged 8 and 5 to a motel and fed them
    an applesauce mixture laced with OTC and prescription drugs, then went to a cemetery and overdosed
    on her antidepressants. All survived but the mother faces attempted murder charges. She had recently
    been discharged from a psychiatric hospital where she had been undergoing 'treatment'.

    Louise Desnoyers, 46, (Antidepressants), Canada, drowned her 8 year old son in a lake then
    unsuccessfully attempted suicide by stabbing herself and drinking windshield washer fluid. She had
    been having “problems with depression during the past four years and was taking medication”.
    (Ongoing – still recovering from her injuries)

    Valeria Maxon, 32, (Zoloft) US, is alleged to have killed her 1 year old son, Alexander, in a hot tub
    while her husband was out shopping. Valeria was taking the Zoloft. (Ongoing, charged).

    Earl Putbress, 79 (Antidepressant & cancer med) killed his 77 year old wife, Gloria, by strangling her
    with a lamp cord before committing suicide. There were obvious signs of a struggle. Police found a
    large knife in his right hand and 6 empty medicine bottles near his body. Neighbours described them
    as “the sweetest people”, “wonderful neighbours” who helped everyone, “very happy together” and
    that there was “no way this could have been about them having problems with each other”. The police
    chief stated that Earl had been “treated for cancer and depression”.

    Naveed Haq, 30, (Bipolar Medication) went on a shooting rampage at a Jewish charity. One woman
    was killed and five wounded. Ten years earlier Haq had been diagnosed as bipolar for which he
    received, and has continued to receive, medication. Shortly after the diagnosis he dropped out of a
    dentistry course worried that he might “clumsily hurt someone with his shaking hands” and family
    friends described how he became ‘distant from his family’ and how “not being able to finish college
    had a big impact on him”. In March 2006 Haq was arrested for exposing himself and 2 weeks before
    the shootings was described by someone who knew him well as not seeming “to be the one [the
    person] I know of”.

    Cody Jakeman, 20, (Antidepressant medication), Melton South, Australia, killed a couple in a
    frenzied stabbing attack, orphaning their 5 year old disabled daughter who was found in the garden by
    neighbours. Cody Jakeman had, according to his uncle, “been struggling on medication for long term
    depression and had been increasingly erratic in his behaviour in the past few months”. (Ongoing)

    Christopher Francis, 25 (Antidepressants) Southampton, UK, killed his grandmother and aunt in 2003
    in a frenzied attack using a house brick and a kitchen knife ‘for no obvious reason’, before driving 20
    miles to a police station where, covered in blood, he told officers “I have just killed two people”.
    Christopher was an old Etonian and a professional golfer. He had “seemed quite normal when
    making dinner” only “minutes” before the attack.

    Rody Phillips, 14, (Effexor), Fort Belvoir, stabbed “7-Eleven clerk” Sun Ku Kwon to death in a
    robbery. Rody had “woken at 3 am and couldn’t get back to sleep”. As he had “battled depression”
    since his move from his father and stepmother’s home to his mother and stepfather’s home a few
    months earlier, his parents sent him to a psychiatrist one month before the murder who prescribed
    Effexor. Since his arrest in 2005 he has been taken off the medication, he is no longer homicidal and
    school grades have improved. (Ongoing- a ‘motion’ of ‘involuntary intoxication’ may be argued)

    * (also used off-label for headaches etc due to Pfizer’s criminal activity. In 2004 Pfizer were found guilty
    but punishment for them was the usual affordable fine. See

    Gerard Moray, 47, (SEROQUEL), USA jail guard, shot his wife before killing himself. His wife survived
    the attack. He started taking Seroquel, an antipsychotic drug commonly used to treat bipolar disorder and
    schizophrenia, only four days before the shootings

    Steven Abrams (LITHIUM) of California rammed his car into a preschool playground killing two children
    and wounding five. He was taking the Lithium under court order.

    Eric Foster, 36, (“SCHIZOPHRENIA and Bipolar Medication”) killed his father by beating him to
    death with a hammer 2 weeks after his medication was increased but has no recall of the incident. He
    had previously assaulted his father and stepmother in withdrawal from ‘medication’ prescribed for a
    diagnosis of ‘bipolar’ and ‘schizophrenia’ and had attempted suicide.

    Anthony Barnwell, 25, (ANTIPSYCHOTIC) diagnosed as a non-violent schizophrenic and prescribed
    medication in 2004 when he was offered a place to live by a Mr Broomhead. In 2005 while babysitting and
    in a frenzied attack he stabbed and killed Mr Broomhead’s 6 year old son.

    Phillip Hall (SCHIZOPHRENIA and Manic Depression “Treatment”), Company Marketing Manager,
    Wales UK, fatally stabbed his 12 year old daughter, Emma, after he returned from a visit to India which had
    been set up as a hoax by a rival company through emails. Mr Hall believed at the time of the killing that the
    death of his daughter would save others and that she would be reincarnated. He was “being treated for
    schizophrenia and Manic Depression”.

    Mark Laguna, aged 42, (Celexa, SEROQUEL and other psych medications) fatally shot his wife
    who was one of the “two most important things in his life” and then walked to the local library and
    called the police to report what he had done. He was described as being in the state of “an emotional
    basket case” during questioning and was could not appreciate the effect of the Miranda waiver.
    (Ongoing, an involuntary intoxication defence will be presented. UPDATE: found guilty of 2nd Degree Homicide).

    Charles McKinley, 46, (SCHIZOPHRENIA Medication) attacked two nurses, 3 days apart, punching
    one 10 times in the face and hitting another over the head with a chair. Both survived. McKinley had
    been in mental hospitals for 26 years and “didn’t like being medicated”. He told the Jury “I snapped.
    That’s what happened.” He also said “I took it until I couldn’t take it anymore.” Two psychologists
    rather oddly “determined that McKinley was sane when he committed the assaults advising the Court
    that “except for his history of schizophrenia, McKinley showed no indication of the disease.”
    Would this then reflect a gleam of intelligent recognition that his bouts of homicidal behaviour were
    down to documented adverse effects of antipsychotic medications such as ‘akathisia’, ‘agitation’,
    ‘delusions’, ‘schizophrenic reaction’ ‘mania’ etc, rather than to a ‘mental illness’? (On May 24
    2006, Mckinley was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for on two counts of felonious assault.)

    Raymond Wills, 29, (OLANZAPINE and Paxil) UK. Involved with psychiatric services and various
    medications at a young age, his condition and behaviour deteriorated and he eventually became agitated and
    aggressive with impulsive behaviour leading to his being prescribed olanzapine. In Jan 2000 his prescription
    of olanzapine was increased leading to further deterioration in his mental health. On March 7th 2000, with
    suicidal ideas of hanging himself emerging, he was prescribed paxil alongside the olanzapine and on 20th
    March 2000 he killed both his sister and his 5 year old nephew in a frenzied knife attack.

    William Freund, 19, (GEODON) California went on a shooting rampage, killing two of his neighbors
    and then turning the gun on himself.

    Frederick Williams, 41, (SCHIZOPHRENIA ‘treatment’) a 6-year fire-fighter veteran in Memphis
    who, in March 2000, shot his new wife 4 times in their garage, killing her, then set his house on fire
    and ambushed the emergency crews who responded, killing two fire-fighters, a sheriff’s deputy and
    wounded a neighbour by a shot to her face, before being brought down by police with a shot in the
    thigh. A few months earlier a lifelong friend noted that Williams started to show signs of instability
    and paranoia. He was on sickness leave and was being ‘treated’ by psychiatrists for a “variety of
    problems, including paranoid schizophrenia” and returned to work just two days prior to the killings
    but apparently left the same morning due to ‘sickness’. (Williams found not guilty of 1st degree murder
    by reason of insanity, sentenced to an indefinite time at a max security mental health institute.
    Families have” filed a civil lawsuit against the psychiatrists for allowing Williams to return to

    Patrick Purdy, 25 (Amitriptyline and CHLORPROMAZINE) in California, opened fire on a school
    playground killing 5 children and wounding 30 others before killing himself.
    Benjamin Holiday (ANTIPSYCHOTIC by Depot Injections), a former UK law student who had used
    Ecstasy at university, following which he presented symptoms of auditory hallucinations and suicidal
    ideation. He was diagnosed as having a ‘serotonin imbalance’ due to the use of Ecstasy, and then further
    diagnosed in 2001 as schizophrenic and prescribed depot injections of an antipsychotic drug. A period of
    mental health deterioration followed which included incidents that he could not recall. In 2004 he threatened
    a visiting nurse and 3 months later in withdrawal after missing a depot injection the day before, he stabbed a
    passing pregnant mother to death.

    Naomi Gaines (ANTIPSYCHOTIC / Neuroleptic medication) threw her 14 month twins off a bridge
    into the Mississippi river, killing one of them, and unsuccessfully attempted suicide by jumping off the
    bridge herself.

    Lenny Gall, 16, (Paxil then ZYPREXA) Utah, killed his mother with an axe. He had been prescribed
    Zyprexa shortly before the murder because he had suffered serious adverse effects from Paxil. His
    father said that Lenny "never had a shred of violence in him."

    Sabrina Wright, 31, (ANTIPSYCHOTICS and Tranquilizers) NY, drowned one of her 4 year old
    twin girls in the bath because she thought the girl was possessed.
    Christopher Brockman aged 16 (Zoloft, RISPERDAL, Adderall) killed a woman by frenzied
    stabbing…. (Also in SSRI Section, dual entry)
    Andrew Robinson, (in-hospital SCHIZOPHRENIA “treatment”) UK, stabbed an occupational
    therapist to death in 1993 at the centre for acute psychiatric care.
    Michael Luebrecht (Effexor, Wellbutrin, ZYPREXA, and Ativan) drowned his 13 month old baby.
    He was said to have “a history of serious mental health issues”. (As at time of listing the case is
    ongoing with sentencing due on 6th March 2006) (Also in SSRI Section, dual entry)

    Mike Stagner (Schizophrenic 'Treatment') went on a shooting rampage in Colorado, killing 4 people
    and wounding 3 others. He had "recently been treated for schizophrenia" and prior to the shootings
    may have stopped taking his 'medication' and been in withdrawal.
    Robert Joseph (Paxil, Celexa and NEURONTIN) from West Virginia shot and killed a man. The
    court excluded testimony of 'diminished responsibility' for the defence from a forensic psychologist, a
    psychiatrist and one other doctor. (Eventually the case was overturned and remanded for a new trial).
    (Also in SSRI Section, dual entry)

    Marvin Lister,35, (Schizophrenic ‘Treatment’) had a history of sexual assaults on patients and
    physical assaults on staff during his two decades in hospitals receiving ‘treatment’, culminating in him
    being held in the Mental Health Unit of a US jail on charges of assault. While there he killed a
    cellmate by stamping on him over 100 times. 2 guards were suspended without pay re not discovering
    the incident for a further 25 minutes despite the screams of the victim. Lister was found not guilty of
    murder by reason of insanity, ordered to be held indefinitely in a mental institution.

    Charles Knowles (Psychiatric Drugs including HALDOL), Detroit, killed two police officers before
    he was shot to death. Michigan State Mental Health Director Thomas Watkins confirmed that Knowles
    had "no real history of acts of violence" prior to his psychiatric treatment.

    Daniel Williams, 27 (In-hospital Psychiatric “Treatment”) UK, stabbed another patient to death in
    1998 after an argument. He pleaded guilty and was jailed for life.
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    Raymond Wood (Antipsychotic and Antidepressant) was described by those who knew him as a
    good, kind, gentle man who was devoted to his family. He shot and killed his wife and four of their six
    children, wounding the two youngest aged 3 and 18 months and unsuccessfully shot himself. Raymond
    had been diagnosed with mental illness fifteen years earlier after a breakdown, and was hospitalised
    and medicated which led to 13 admissions over that period for psychotic episodes. A short while
    before the incident he again started exhibiting psychotic symptoms and just 3 days prior to the killing
    he was prescribed 'an antidepressant and an antipsychotic", whereupon his condition deteriorated
    and he complained of 'hearing voices' and being 'possessed by the devil'. Prosecution intended to
    request the death penalty, but after intervention by Amnesty International this was withdrawn.

    Nathan Webb, 23 (ANTIPSYCHOTICS) stabbed his friend to death in a halfway house they both
    resided in. Nathan was diagnosed with a 'mental illness' at the age of 11. Nathan had been receiving
    medication and periods of hospitalisation for paranoid schizophrenia over the two years before the
    killing and 6 weeks prior to the incident had asked to be readmitted to hospital due to homicidal and
    suicidal urges and had slashed his own face. He killed his friend because he "heard voices telling him
    to be violent". (Found not guilty of murder due to 'mental illness' and committed indefinitely to a
    Security Hospital.)

    Lashuan Harris, 23, (Haldol). Lashuan killed her 3 young children by dropping them into San
    Francisco Bay after twice being admitted to hospital and “treated” for Schizophrenia in the previous
    twelve months and 3 months into withdrawal from the prescribed medication, Haldol. She
    experienced “command hallucinations” instructing her to sacrifice her children to God.
    As with all the drugs listed herein, toxic effects both on, and/or in withdrawal from, the drug are part and parcel
    of the ‘prescription’ and to protect the drugs and the profits the onus for the results of those toxic effects MUST
    remain with the patient, be blamed on a ‘disorder’. Haldol predictably include CNS side effects of:
    restlessness, anxiety, euphoria, agitation, drowsiness, depression, lethargy, headache, confusion,
    vertigo, grand mal seizures, exacerbation of psychotic symptoms including hallucinations, and
    catatonic-like behavioural states which may be responsive to drug withdrawal and/or treatment with
    anticholinergic drugs (On
  2. Bruce FLinch

    Bruce FLinch New Member

    Aug 27, 2005
    Bay Point, Kali..aka Gun Point
    Dang, you bummed me out. Too many quack doctors prescibing drugs. I have to feel in some of those cases, the person was using drugs or mental illness as an excuse.

    But it's funny how the drug commercials list all the side effects, most not pleasant. My wife & I always say, "If there are more side effects than sympton reliefs, then you shouldn't take it"

  3. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    Dang Romm, that is a long list and I bet that it isn't close to covering them all.
  4. RahiemPT100

    RahiemPT100 New Member

    Apr 1, 2007
    FRNT Range Colorado
  5. pawn

    pawn Active Member

    Jan 31, 2007
    Crossville, TN
    That is quite a list and an interesting post Rommelvon.

    My opinion is that the list in which prescribed anti-drepressant drugs has helped the patient would be exponentially longer.

    It's possible lots of the folks cited as examples had a propensity to engage in violent or anit-social behavior prior to receiving treatment. At the same time, it does appear that a significant number individuals may not respond well to certain drugs and in fact their condition is made worse.
  6. obxned

    obxned Active Member

    Mar 4, 2007
    The drastic increase in suicide and murder, particularly amoung the young, including school shootings occurred shortly after the widespread use of these drugs.

    My only question: What did the docs give the VT shooter?
  7. obxned

    obxned Active Member

    Mar 4, 2007
    The FDA just added additional warning on this class of drugs, but only for suicide, no mention in the warnigs of these other 'minor' complications.
  8. wpage

    wpage Active Member

    Aug 25, 2009
    Resurrected this one seemed relevant in light of some recent news stories of bizare behaviors.
  9. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    I don't think they should deny anyone the 2nd amendment unless they HAVE gone out and done any of these criminal acts. Because some people get on these anti-depressants and other medications, then go out and do something bad doesn't mean we ought to just take away everyone's rights does it? If so, then why don't we just outlaw guns because some people choose to commit crimes with them?

    If people on these perscriptions go out and do these things, that's why more people should buy guns and learn proper use and training on firearms so they can defend themselves.

    The Bill Of Rights specifically says that Congress cannot abridge, or "erase" or "put a line through" any of the amendments to the Bill Of Rights. Everyone has a right to keep and bear arms. If someone fears guns may fall into the wrong hands, exercise your rights. Get a gun and shoot back.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2010
  10. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    I think that the more we mass market to the consumer; "do you feel listless., etc. the more there are problems.

    For the most part the sensationalist reports by the OP are nothing more than fodder for the Trial Lawyers who are always looking for the next asbestos class action windfall. If we got rid of these slimy underbelly lizards, the better off this country would be.
  11. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    I agree.
    I HATE those constant commercials ending with "Ask your doctor if ScrewZUup is for you!"

    Side effects may include sweating, dizziness, comma, irregular heartbeat, fainting spells, loss of hair, cramps, mass murder, meyham, or death.
  12. walien

    walien Former Guest

    May 5, 2009
    Increase? Based on what data? Violent crime rates have been falling for a long time.

    Well most of the drugs in question do bear warnings of risks of such behavior. The drug companies know about it. If a drug has a slight chance of pushing someone to violent acts, then somewhere someone is going to do something violent with the drug being the cause. Of course, in a defense, that's hard to prove. That is, even if you're a 12 year old that's hard to prove and everyone in this country is mad about everyone towards everything.
  13. Blue Tiger

    Blue Tiger New Member

    Feb 2, 2010
    There has been an exponential increase in school shootings. The SSRIs r prescribed on purpose to cause them. The goal is to get people to oppose guns n get them banned or something similar which has occured in Australia n Britain with many restrictions coming in other countries. The perpetrator at Dawson was excluded from the list but he was taking anti-depressants but I don't know if they were SSRIs.
  14. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    When I was a child, there was no such thing as ADD or ADHD.
    Back then, you'd simply get a hack administered by the VP in the boiler room.
    Lesson learned.

    I recall sitting in a boring class one day that overlooked the football/track field. It was a nice day, and I was staring out the window. Something caught my hair, and a piece of chalk shattered against the window.

    It was the last time I didn't 'appear' to be paying attention.:p

    We've gone from discipline to drugs, and folks wonder why we're so screwed up.:rolleyes::mad:
  15. mncarpenter

    mncarpenter Member

    Nov 14, 2009
    Antidepressant drugs are far to easy to get prescriptions for these days,used to be a psychiatrist would need to spend considerable time with an individual before prescribing meds. Now, General Practitioners and who knows, maybe even dentists can and will prescribe drugs they know little about, with very little information about a patient. Why? Spiff. Anyone who has ever worked as a manufacturers rep or salesperson knows what a spiff is. I designed kitchens and sold cabinets for a company in Iowa for a couple yrs, and reps used to give spiffs all the time, ie: you sell this particular style, model, etc, I'll give you 15.00 a box.
    Besides, it's a lot easier to medicate than treat.Ask any drunk. Oh, and as far as people using mood altering, thought altering chemicals... might want to re-think that whole guns and drug combination.:rolleyes:
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