Is there a pattern here?
Tim Kretschmer, the baby-faced killer who went
on a murderous rampage at the Albertville Secondary
in Winnenden, near Stuttgart, Germany, was on
“medication” for depression, the Scotsman
has revealed. “It emerged that Kretschmer
had been suffering from depression, even attending
a clinic and receiving medication for the condition,”
the newspaper reports. No further details are
Here is a list of recent (September, 2008) shooters
on various antidepressants (compiled by The Bitter
DeKalb, Illinois - February 14, 2008: 27-year-old
Steven Kazmierczak shot and killed five people
and wounded 16 others before killing himself in
a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According
to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking
Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology reports showed
that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his
Omaha, Nebraska - December 5, 2007: 19-year-old
Robert Hawkins killed eight people and wounded
five before committing suicide in an Omaha mall.
Hawkins friend told CNN that the gunman
was on antidepressants, and autopsy results confirmed
he was under the influence of the anti-anxiety
Jokela, Finland - November 7, 2007: 18-year-old
Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen had been taking
antidepressants before he killed eight people
and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School
in southern Finland, then committed suicide.
Cleveland, Ohio - October 10, 2007: 14-year-old
Asa Coon stormed through his school with a gun
in each hand, shooting and wounding four before
taking his own life. court records show Coon had
been placed on the antidepressant Trazadone.
Blacksburg, Virginia - April 16, 2007: The psychiatric
drug history of Seung-Hui Cho in the Virginia
Tech Massacre was never made public. Initial reports
stated that depression medication
was found among Chos belongings. But neither
his toxicology reports, nor his recent medical
history were ever released to find out whether
Cho had been in withdrawal from psychiatric medication.
(33 were killed and 29 injured, but this was not
included in the total of dead and wounded cited
Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota - March
21, 2005: 16-year-old Native American Jeff Weise,
reportedly under the influence of the antidepressant
Prozac, went on a shooting rampage at home and
at his school, killing nine people and wounding
five before committing suicide.
Greenbush, New York - February 2004: 16-year-old
Jon Romano strolled into his high school in east
Greenbush and opened fire with a shotgun. Special
education teacher Michael Bennett was hit in the
leg. Romano had been taking medication for
El Cajon, California - March 22, 2001: 18-year-old
Jason Hoffman was on two antidepressants, Effexor
and Celexa, when he opened fire at his California
high school wounding five. Hoffman had also undergone
an anger management program.
Williamsport, Pennsylvania - March 7, 2000: 14-year-old
Elizabeth Bush was on the antidepressant Prozac
when she blasted away at fellow students in Williamsport,
Pennsylvania, wounding one.
Conyers, Georgia - May 20, 1999: 15-year-old
T.J. Solomon was being treated with a mix of antidepressants
when he opened fire on and wounded 6 of his classmates.
Columbine, Colorado - April 20, 1999: 18-year-old
Eric Harris was on the antidepressant Luvox when
he and his partner Dylan Klebold killed 12 classmates
and a teacher and wounded 23 others before taking
their own lives in the bloodiest school massacre
in history. The coroner confirmed that the antidepressant
was in his system through toxicology reports while
Dylan Klebolds autopsy was never made public.
Harris and Klebold underwent anger management
and death education classes.
Notus, Idaho - April 16, 1999: 15-year-old Shawn
Cooper fired two shotgun rounds in his school
narrowly missing students; he was taking a mix
Springfield, Oregon - May 21, 1998: 15-year-old
Kip Kinkel murdered his own parents and then proceeded
to school where he opened fire on students in the
cafeteria, killing two and wounding 22. Kinkel had
been on Prozac. Kinkel also underwent anger