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Drugs and Mass Murder

by E. Michael Jones


The recent shootings in Connecticut, now known as the Sandy Hook Massacre, spawned a series of reports which were both confusing and predictable. This should come as no surprise because the phenomenon of mass murder in our day is both confusing and predictable as well.

So let's begin with the confusing and move on to the predictable. By now, well into the second decade of routine school shootings, it has become clear that virtually every massacre begins with reports of multiple gunmen, which by the end of the news cycle invariably get reduced to one, lone, deranged gunman, who either kills himself or disappears behind the doors of a mental institution never to re-appear again. Initial reports of the James Holmes Batman movie shooting in Aurora, Colorado claimed that an accomplice opened the door of the movie theater from the inside letting Holmes in to wreak mayhem. The same was true mutatis mutandis of the Sandy Hook Massacre.

The by now predictable reports of the presence of accomplices in the Sandy Hook incident led Veterans Today editor Gordon Duff to claim that it "is now looking like a terrorist attack, not a 'murder suicide.' Was 'lone gunman' Adam Lanza a 'patsy,' the same word Lee Harvey Oswald used to describe himself before being 'silenced' in November 1963"?[1] Citing Michael Harris, former Republican candidate for governor of Arizona and GOP campaign finance chairman as his source," Duff went on to claim that the Sandy Hook Massacre was "Israeli revenge" for the UN vote, which the U.S. didn't hinder, granting Palestinians limited recognition as a first step to statehood:

This is another case where Israel has chosen violence and terrorism where their bullying in Washington has failed. Israel believes the US "threw them under the bus," particularly after the recent Gaza war, allowing Israel to be humiliated in the United Nations. Their response was to stage a terror attack, targeting America in the most hideous and brutal way possible, in fact, an Israeli "signature attack," one that butchers children, one reminiscent of the attacks that killed so many children in Gaza?"[2]

The Israeli "terrorist attack in Connecticut" was intended "to teach America a lesson, knowing that America would take the punishment, keep quiet, and let a 'fall guy' take the blame."[3]

Neither Harris nor Duff provide any evidence to back up their claim, but there is certainly historical precedent for the fall guy theory. On June 28, 1914 Gavrilo Princip murdered Austria's Archduke Ferdinand while on a state visit to Sarajevo, providing the incident which set off World War I. Princip had not acted along. He was part of a conspiracy whose real head was Russian military attache Colonel Victor Artamaov.[4]  But in carrying out what he thought were the goals of Russian foreign policy Artamaov was unwitting playing into the hands of Britain's Lord Grey, who wanted a war which would pit Germany against Russia.

Princip was the first in a long line of "useful idiots," whose "task is to bring to a head decisions matured beforehand by the Elder Statesmen."[5] Notable figures who followed in Princip's footsteps were Martinus van der Lubbe, the Dutch communist who was the fall guy for the Reichstag fire in 1933, Lee Harvey Oswald, who was the fall guy for the John F. Kennedy assassination thirty years later, and Osama bin Laden, who was the fall guy for the 9/11 attacks almost 40 years after the Kennedy assassination. Each of these men was instrumental in orchestrating a coup d'etat which was not of their own making. Each of them ended up being murdered by the perpetrators of the coup d'etat, although the Nazis, unlike the Americans, had the decency to put van der Lubbe on trial first.

Duff's source Mike Harris saw similarities between Sandy Hook and the Breivik attack in Norway:

This is exactly what Israel did in Norway; the political party that voted sanctions against Israel was retaliated against by a "lone gunman" who killed 77 children. This is what Israel always does, they go after the children. It is what they do in Gaza every day. It is what was done in Norway. It is what happened at Sandy Hook. Nobody buys the "lone gunman" story anymore, not with the Gabby Giffords' shooting, not with the Aurora "Batman" shooting, certainly not with Breveik, and certainly not in Connecticut.[6]

The problem with the Duff-Harris thesis is not just lack of factual corroboration.  There is a bigger problem. There are simply too many incidents like this. The sheer number alone precludes any organizational effort behind them. These are incidents that happen all by themselves given certain conditions. The key to understanding them is to understand the both the sufficient and necessary conditions that give rise to them, and the surest way to find that is to find a common denominator to all of them.

Every incident of mass shooting in recent history is the result of layer upon layer of pathology, and just about every layer came into being as a result of some form of social engineering masquerading as liberation. This form of social engineering almost invariably springs from an attempt to channel human passions as a form of social control. What the controllers fail to realize is that passions evoked in this manner are a lot like trying to control the splitting of the atom or some other powerful natural source of energy. The passions more often than not get out of control once they are evoked, and what results is more akin to an atomic bomb going off than the peaceful production of electricity, which is the analogue closest to the outcome intended by the engineers. Once passion-fueled social engineering gets out of control it invariably harms the person whose passions have been aroused as well as anyone unfortunate enough to be in his immediate vicinity. Just how much damage one of these attempts at controlled nuclear passion reactions will cause depends upon the layers which we have already mentioned and which we will now discuss in greater detail.

The main source of all familial pathology in America is sexual liberation, which became widespread in the past century as a form of control. The Sandy Hook massacre is no exception to this rule. Adam Lanza, the alleged perpetrator, was the child of divorce. His parents were wealthy; the divorce was amicable. His mother, who in the word's of her ex-spouse, Adam's father, "would never have to work a day for the rest of her life," because of the divorce settlement, was an attractive 52-year-old who had no trouble attracting admirers, one of whom was evidently the groundskeeper. If Adam were literarily precocious he might have plumbed D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterly's Lover to figure out what mom was up to, but he wasn't precocious. Because of the chaos of his family life, chaos enabled by the post-World War II experiment in sexual liberation known as easy divorce, he was "troubled." Divorce has been creating "troubled" youth for generations now, but no one is willing to look into divorce as a cause for school shootings because we all want to have the freedom to trade in an old wife for a new model, something which has become part of the definition of the pursuit of happiness over the past 60 years.

The youth who were troubled by their parents' sexual misbehavior in the period immediately following World War II became gang members in places like Chicago if they were black or rebels without a cause if they were white. As part of the cunning of history, especially personal history, they often imitated the sexual mores which caused their problems, but at this point in time they still lived in a social framework that oftentimes made up for the failings of their parents. This state of affairs would change dramatically during the course of the sexual and cultural revolution which swept the country in the wake of the coup d'etat that followed John F. Kennedy's death.

Paralleling the rise of sexual liberation as a form of political control was the development of more and more refined pyschotropic drugs, which were initially proposed as a cure for disease but eventually became a chemical form of political control. One of the pioneers of the chemical panacea that could also function as a form of social control was Sigmund Freud, who became infamous among his medical peers in Vienna for his liberality in prescribing cocaine to his unsuspecting troubled patients. Heroin, the other great recreational drug of our age, also got its start as medicine.

After World War II, when the psy ops that were created to oppose fascism got turned on the unwitting American populace, the euphoria was strained out of the newer drugs in order to make them more effective forms of chemical control. Thorazine was the first big drug success of the post-World War II era. Thorazine was a crude chemical strait-jacket which turned those who took it into zombies, which made it the ideal tool for emptying out the state's expensive-to-maintain mental hospitals and dumping their patients on the street, where they became known as the homeless. It was, however, too debilitating for normal use, and so it was followed by Miltown, which became known as "mother's little helper" after the Rolling Stones wrote a song about it. Miltown in turn was followed by Valium, which still had the stigma of mental illness attached to it.

The real breakthrough came when Big Pharma invented Selective Serotonin Ruptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs, the first and most famous of which was Prozac. SSRIs, which are a refined version of antidepressants and antidepressants:

have been recognized as potential inducers of mania and psychosis since their introduction in the 1950s. Klein and Fink1 described psychosis as an adverse effect of the older tricyclic antidepressant imipramine. Since the introduction of Prozac in December, 1987, there has been a massive increase in the number of people taking antidepressants. Preda and Bowers2 reported that over 200,000 people a year in the U.S. enter a hospital with antidepressant-associated mania and/or psychosis. . . . Before the introduction of Prozac in Dec. 1987, less than one percent of the population in the U.S. was diagnosed with bipolar disorder - also known as manic depression. Now, with the widespread prescribing of antidepressants, the percent of the population in the United States that is diagnosed with bipolar disorder (swing from depression to mania or vice versa) has risen to 4.4%3. This is almost one out of every 23 people in the U.S.[7]

These powerful pschotropic drugs still needed a prescription, but they could be prescribed to just about anybody who felt incapable of dealing with the ordinary ups and downs of life. Big Pharma had discovered that the way to wealth was selling drugs, not to the sick, but to everyone by redefining ordinary conditions of life as a pathology, which was now listed in the DSM. (Parenthetically, it is worth noting that the entrance of fidgeting [ADD or ADHD] as a certified mental illness was paralleled by the de-certification of homosexuality as pathological, by the same group of people.) SSRIs were intended for adults but were soon being prescribed freely to children, who were now routinely being prescribed Ritalin, whenever a teacher felt unable to control a pupil in class.

So, to get back to Adam Lanza, he was a "troubled" youth because of this family life, but by the time he ended up in school and under the observation of teachers and counselors, being "troubled" meant going to a psychiatrist, and going to a psychiatrist meant getting a prescription for an SSRI, marketed under the name of Prozac or Zoloft or Paxil. And this brings us to layer two of the pathology pyramid which finds its pinnacle in what have become routine mass murders in our culture.

One of the side effects of SSRI consumption is rage. This rage manifests itself differently under different circumstances. In most instances, the ingester of the SSRI experiences an overwhelming desire to kill someone. Since the easiest victim anyone can find is himself, SSRIs lead most frequently to suicide, then to murder of a family member or close relative, then to fellow employees at places like post offices and factories, and then to classmates at school. If the victim drives a lot, this compulsion will manifest itself as road rage. If the SSRI ingester is a female teacher, she will be more likely to have sexual relations with one of her male students: "Bipolar disorder, which causes hypersexuality and difficulty forging relationships with age-appropriate men is particularly common among female sex offenders" who have been taking SSRIs.[8] If the SSRI ingester is a soldier, a group which is regularly given drugs like this, his suicide will be attributed to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or if he wanders off the base in Afghanistan and murders an entire family of Pashtuns his behavior will be hushed up in the interests of national security.

The most obvious common denominator for school shootings like the Sandy Hook Massacre is SSRI consumption, but we still have a few layers to go before we reach the pinnacle of the causality pyramid. Back to Adam Lanza.  What do troubled youth do after they have met with their psychiatrists and have some powerful SSRI prescribed to them to deal with their troubles? They play video games for hours on end (or they watch pornography) oftentimes holed up in darkened windowless basements which are complete apartments that obviate the necessity of interaction with the few remaining family members who are still living together. Adam Lanza's favorite video game was Call of Duty, a game which has 40 million monthly users, and so graphic that it is used by the military to train recruits how to shoot.[9]

At one point in the history of pathology we are describing, the geniuses who run the culture of death came up with erotic video games (known as eroge in Japan, where they were especially popular), but this fad did not last. Eventually video games settled down into what they are for the most part today, namely, graphically violent exercises in killing people that are so effective that the armed forces use them to overcome the recruits' natural aversion to killing another human being.

So to recapitulate, Adam's parents' divorce left him troubled (Level I), being troubled led him to a psychiatrist who prescribed powerful psychotropic drugs (Level II) as a way of dealing with his problems. These drugs led to feelings of rage which were exacerbated by the hours Adam spent playing violent video games (Level III), like Call of Duty, which he played for hours on end and which allowed him to focus his rage on killing people, which perhaps gave him some momentary relief from the distress which the drugs had been causing. At this point, Adam's mother, who was troubled by her son's behavior and perhaps even more troubled by the guilty feeling that her own behavior had contributed to his troubles, decided to spend bonding time with her boy by taking him to a shooting range and teaching him how to shoot the guns she owned, because as a single mother she felt vulnerable living in her big house without a man to protect her.

Adam Lanza now knew how to put into practice all of the lessons he had learned by spending five hours a day playing Call of Duty. It was the equivalent of moving from pornography consumption to rape. As one of their side effects, SSRIs suppress the concupiscible passions while exciting at the same time the irascible passions. As a result, SSRIs and video games go together like ham and eggs. Taken together they form a powerful binary weapon that combined with easy access to guns provides the best explanation of the almost routine nature of the massacres that happen in America today.

Adam had now reached Level IV and was a walking time bomb waiting to explode whenever he encountered the stimulus that would set him off. A week after the killings Adam Lanza’s psychiatrist, Rima E. Laibow, M.D., appeared on youtube claiming that she had never prescribed any psychotropic drugs to any of her patients, including Adam Lanza.[10] Laibow had been in a running battle with the local school system, which she claimed had a financial incentive to label pupils as suffering from ADD and ADHD and give them psychotropic drugs.


According to her account, her success in getting Adam off the drugs was undermined by the mother’s desire to put them back on them. When Adam’s re-introduction to psychotropic drugs did not have the desired effect, i.e., when he got worse instead of better and reverted to his old behavior, his mother resolved to commit him to a psychiatric institution. Adam’s mother made this decision because of the influence of the local school system. She was a frequent volunteer at Sandy Hook elementary school, and according to a Fox News report,[11] Adam felt that she loved the school more than she loved him. Once Adam became aware of her decision to commit him, once she chose the school’s good over that of her own son, he acted in a way that had a kind of psychotic rationality to it; he killed his mother to prevent her from institutionalizing him, and he killed as many children as he could at Sandy Hook elementary school because they were rivals for his mother’s love, which he needed desperately, and then he killed himself as a way of finally ending the mental torture that he had been subjected to by the drugs.

The chain of causality I have just described is something we'll never discover because the point of print journalism and TV reporting these days is working the viewing public into the appropriate political reaction to the crisis the culture of death has manufactured via more and more intrusive forms of social engineering and which they now propose to solve by proposing more control, more social engineering of the sort that led to this massacre in the first place.

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings, both the mainstream media and the federal government were poised to propose gun control. After a week of silence, the NRA proposed hiring armed guards for every school in the country. Not content to hire more armed guards, Senator Barbara Boxer proposed stationing National Guard troops in every school. The irony of hearing those who are the first to ban prayer from the schools now admit in spite of themselves that the net result of their actions is a state of chaos approaching warfare in its effect was evidently lost on Senator Boxer. Also lost on her was the equally ironic fact that she felt that the National Guard had proven itself as suitable for this task for the role by simultaneously mentioning the role which the National Guard had previously played in drug interdiction but ignoring its relevance to psychotropic drugs, and the fact that no one in any position of power was looking into the role which Big Pharma has played in school shootings. This is surprising because all of the 4,800 stories of mayhem listed at sites like have one common denominator: drugs like Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil.

On the other hand, this failure to look at the real cause of the shootings is not surprising for a number of reasons. To begin with, the government cannot look into the workings of Big Pharma because, if we focus on the Food and Drug Administration which is supposed to regulate it, Big Pharma and the government are one and the same thing.


As with Big Agriculture, the employees of big corporations like Monsanto and Smith, Klein, Glaxo end up staffing the government agencies which are supposed to police, which are also the same firms they will return to after their term in public office ends.  The job of the media is to keep us mystified about atrocities of this sort by focusing their cameras on candles and flowers and teddy bears but never asking the right questions, questions like what prescription drugs had Adam been taking.

The irony was not lost on Mike Adams of Natural News, who wrote:

In tragic mass shootings involving guns and mind-altering medications, politicians immediately seek to blame guns but never the medication. Nearly every mass shooting that has taken place in America over the last two decades has a link to psychiatric medication, and it appears the recent Newtown event is headed in the same direction. . . . According to ABC News, Adam Lanza, the alleged shooter, has been labeled as having "mental illness" and a "personality disorder." These are precisely the words typically heard in a person who is being "treated" with mind-altering psychiatric drugs. . . . One of the most common side effects of psychiatric drugs is violent outbursts and thoughts of suicide. . . . If there is to be any legitimate debate on so-called "gun control" in the aftermath of this shooting, the only idea that makes any sense at all would be to restrict gun purchases by people currently taking psychiatric medications. But even that restriction would of course be abused by the government to take guns away from perfectly healthy, law-abiding citizens who innocently seek treatment for mild depression and who honestly have no clue that psychiatric drugs can cause violent behavior. . . . A far better solution here would be to outlaw psychiatric drugs that cause the violent behavior in the first place. After all, if you only outlaw guns but fail to eliminate the drugs that cause the violence, people dosed up on mind-altering meds will simply find alternate weapons to commit the same acts of violence.[12]

Kelly Patricia O'Meara called for "a sweeping investigation" into "all the possible causes" of the massacre, "including the mental health system itself,"[13] claiming that:

 Adam Lanza, was a product of the mental health system and had been taking "medication" since the age of ten and reportedly seeing a psychiatrist from at least the age of 15. Lanza's mother reportedly told friends that Lanza "was getting worse" and "she was having trouble reaching him." The questions that need to be answered is when did Adam Lanza first receive mental health treatment, what diagnoses did he receive and what drugs had he been prescribed over his short life.

The larger question is how many times does this senseless scenario have to play out before lawmakers finally acknowledge that the supporting data already exist and, to date, has repeatedly and deliberately been ignored. Between 1998 and 2012, fourteen school shootings occurred, taking the lives of 58 and wounding 109. All fourteen of those shooters were taking or withdrawing from a psychiatric drug and seven of them had been under the "care" of a psychiatrist or psychologist.

In other mass shootings, such as James Holmes, the suspected perpetrator of the July 20, 2012 mass shooting at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, it is known that Holmes was seeing psychiatrist Lynne Fenton, yet no mention has been made of what psychiatric drugs he had been prescribed.

The majority of these shooters had been prescribed psychiatric mind-altering drugs that had not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, for treatment of children under the age of 18. Yet, antidepressants are at the top of the list of drugs indicted in these shootings, including Prozac, Trazodone, Effexor, Celexa and Luvox, to name a few.

According to CCHR, SSRIs are the "hallmark of mass shooters," including incidents like the following:

1. Huntsville, Alabama - February 5, 2010: 15-year-old Hammad Memon shot and killed another Discover Middle School student Todd Brown. Memon had a history for being treated for ADHD and depression. He was taking the antidepressant Zoloft and "other drugs for the conditions." He had been seeing a psychiatrist and psychologist.

2. Kauhajoki, Finland - September 23, 2008: 22-year-old culinary student Matti Saari shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine. He was also seeing a psychologist.

3. Dekalb, Illinois - February 14, 2008: 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amount of Xanax in his system. He had been seeing a psychiatrist.

4. 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.

5. 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 Trazodone.

6. Red Lake, Minnesota - March 2005: 16-year-old Jeff Weise, on Prozac, shot and killed his grandparents, then went to his school on the Red Lake Indian Reservation where he shot dead 7 students and a teacher, and wounded 7 before killing himself.

7. 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 depression". He had previously seen a psychiatrist.

8. Wahluke, Washington - April 10, 2001: Sixteen-year-old Cory Baadsgaard took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates and a teacher hostage. He had been taking the antidepressant Effexor.

9. El Cajon, California - March 22, 2001: 18-year-old Jason Hoffman, on the antidepressants Celexa and Effexor, opened fire on his classmates, wounding three students and two teachers at Granite Hills High School. He had been seeing a psychiatrist before the shooting.

10. Williamsport, Pennsylvania - March 7, 2001: 14-year-old Elizabeth Bush was taking the antidepressant Prozac when she shot at fellow students, wounding one.

11. Conyers, Georgia - May 20, 1999: 15-year-old T.J. Solomon was being treated with the stimulant Ritalin when he opened fire on and wounded six of his classmates.

12. Columbine, Colorado - April 20, 1999: 18-year-old Eric Harris and his accomplice, Dylan Klebold, killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 26 others before killing themselves. Harris was on the antidepressant Luvox. Klebold's medical records remain sealed. Both shooters had been in anger-management classes and had undergone counseling. Harris had been seeing a psychiatrist before the shooting.

13. Notus, Idaho - April 16, 1999: 15-year-old Shawn Cooper fired two shotgun rounds in his school, narrowly missing students. He was taking a prescribed SSRI antidepressant and Ritalin.

14. Springfield, Oregon - May 21, 1998: 15-year-old Kip Kinkel murdered his parents and then proceeded to school where he opened fire on students in the cafeteria, killing two and wounding 25. Kinkel had been taking the antidepressant Prozac. Kinkel had been attending "anger control classes" and was under the care of a psychologist.[14]

The connection between SSRIs and school massacres has become so common that the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan has discovered a causal connection linking them. “There are cases where we cannot rule out a causal relationship with the medication.”[15]

The reason that drugs don't get mentioned as the cause of shootings and the reason they won't be banned in the way that guns evidently will is simple enough: it is known as capitalism, the system that puts profits before people and has a corrupting effect on everything it touches. The documentary The Marketing of Madness, which is available on youtube, points out just how lucrative Big Pharma is and how it spends billions to bribe doctors to prescribe their toxic medications and legislators and TV stations, journals, etc. (whose advertising income derives in large part from Big Pharma) to look the other way when something like the Sandy Hook Massacre happens.

One week after the shootings the American Psychiatric Association announced that it planned to reverse past practice and prescribe Wellbutrin for grief. The Washington Post article that announced the change in policy also announced that massive financial conflicts of interest were involved in the decision.


President Obama provided one of the cruelest ironies of the Sandy Hook Massacre news cycle when he held a press conference and claimed that, "We are going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to getting a gun," a statement that was taken as manna from heaven by the SSRI pushers. When the folks at Lee Health Services heard Obama's statement, they responded by saying that "to help more people and make access" to mental health services easier, "they need more money."[16] Mental health services in our day is another word for pushing drugs, and one of the main side-effects of the drugs that get pushed when people get access to mental health care is mass murder of the sort that took place in Newtown, Connecticut.CW

E. Michael Jones is the editor of Culture Wars.

This article was published in the February 2013 issue of Culture Wars.

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[4] Guido Preparata, Conjuring Hitler (London: Pluto Press, 2005), p. 21.

[5] Preparata, p. 22.













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