Man On Psychiatric Drugs Kills 9 Year Old

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.

2 Responses

  1. Here in Australia there’s generally a daily news item that starts “A mentally ill man/woman …”

    There’s usually a “public service reminder” (advertisement) attached suggesting that the viewer register their assessment of a relative or neighbor as mentally ill. That way the police can compile a list of names of people who can be shot on sight. Makes their job easier. Less paperwork.

    I think the article said the guy had been treated since he was a kid. It is likely that at some time before he served five years for aggravated assault he had committed other offenses. I suspect that he was never given the opportunity to serve a properly rehabilitative custodial sentence drug free. If ever he was locked up he was probably drugged and treated like an idiot.

    Here in Australia you don’t get drugged in regular prison unless you want to be. Some people commit crimes to get away from the drugs. I generally recommend something less than murder and that’s probably also in keeping with the rules of posting on this blog.

  2. In real science a cute hypothesis is shelved or rejected if it is found to be unfalsifiable. An unfalsifiable hypothesis is one such as, “There are fairies at the bottom of the garden”. Scientists understand that if a hypothesis can’t be disproven that it is of no practical use and not a hypothesis at all. It may be given some consideration as a thought experiment but it never forms the basis of any serious theory, much less become a very expensive and damaging policy perpetrated on hundreds of millions of people.

    It’s been allowed to happen because most people are not scientists or even scientifically minded. Real scientists who might object are in the minority and don’t want to comment on something outside of their field.

    I’m not a whiz statistician but there is very good evidence that refutes the effectiveness of psychotropes by critically examining the methods of drug trials and studying the stats on crimes and suicides committed by people on psychotropes.

    The argument that people who misbehave on psychotropes misbehave because they are mentally ill doesn’t cut it.

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