You’ve probably heard the one, or ones, about the person who was labeled ‘mentally ill’, went off his or her psychiatric drugs, and killed somebody. The mainstream media loves that kind of thing, and licks it up. What you might not have heard so much about is how some of these killers, Eric Harris of the Columbine shootings, for instance, were on psychiatric drugs at the time of the commission of their crimes.
Well, here’s another one for you. The subject of this Manhattan Local News story has confessed.
A mentally ill man accused of fatally stabbing a 9-year-old in Morningside Heights over a video game had consumed a mix of psychiatric drugs and marijuana before the attack, his attorney said Tuesday.
A mix of psychiatric drugs!? Doesn’t sound like the guy was ‘off his meds’, does it?
Alejandro Morales, 25, who family members said suffered from schizophrenia, was thrown further off balance by the drugs when he stabbed fourth grader Anthony Maldonado in the early hours of Jan. 2, his attorney Frederick Sosinsky said at an arraignment hearing.
Is this primarily an instance of ‘reefer madness?! Cult films aside, I have never heard of pot heads being a particularly violent bunch, but a 9 year old lies dead. I imagine that’s a little worse than advancing to heroin and needles.
I will spare you the gruesome details of the crime. I just want you to know that some of us feel that we should be looking more closely into how some of these psychiatric drugs might be the impetus for crimes of violence rather than the preventors of such. There have, in fact, been studies into the subject, such as one I’ve heard was taking place in Scandinavia not long ago. This would mean that we should be doing more research of the sort that certain members of the law enforcement community, and the biologically minded psychiatric profession, aren’t particularly prone to pursue. We have a word for this reluctance, it’s called bias, and it’s one of those traits that members of any legitimate scientific field are expected to rise above.