In this September 2014, photo, Willow Short is pictured center at four months old, along with her parents Megan and Mark and sister then six-year-old sister Liana and three-year-old brother Mark

Mark and Megan Short Family

This morning the nation learned that Mark Short (40) and his wife Megan (33) and their three small children, 8-year-old Liana, 5-year-old Mark and 2-year-old Willow were all found shot in another murder/suicide. Two families by the last name of Short dead in less than a year due to an antidepressant-induced murder/suicide. (Were they possibly related?) The family had been in the news the past couple of years due to the youngest child Willow being one of the youngest heart transplant cases in the country getting a new heart only six days after birth.

The family (pictured) were found dead on Thursday in different rooms of their luxury home

Brian & Karen Short Family

Next month it will be a year ago the nation learned that in Minnesota Brian Short, 45, head of the online group for nurses, had shot his entire family – his wife Karen Short, 48, and their three children – Cole, 17, Madison, 15, and Brooklyn, 14, before shooting himself. A week later the news came out that Brian was taking an antidepressant – drugs which include warnings of suicidal and homicidal obsessive compulsive thoughts and actions.


Willow Short (pictured) had survived a heart-transplant for two years before she was killed along with her parents and two siblings in an apparent murder-suicide on Saturday

Willow’s Heart Journey featured on Facebook:


In this case, although it has not yet been announced yet, all day I have had the feeling that the shooter was Megan. Although we yet await that confirmation and it is clear that both parents had been through so much and either of them could have been medicated for that kind of trauma. But after authorities seemed to be holding back what was in the suicide note left behind and the not disclosing whose body the gun was found near….People still have trouble believing that women can be this violent – something that really stood out for me as I began gathering these antidepressant-induced tragedies. Well I just got confirmation on the 10:00 local news in PA that I may be correct as they stated that Megan was open on her Facebook page about suffering PTSD from all they went through with baby Williow’s heart transplant and was taking medication for it.  “Megan Short said anxiety over her daughter’s condition had left her with post-traumatic stress disorder. She said she suffered from “anxiety and nightmares” triggered by smells, hallways or even the beeping sound of a phone. She also said she experienced “survivor’s guilt” when children with similar problems from other families passed away. I don’t think PTSD ever truly goes away but, with therapy, medication, and the right support, I have begun to loosen its grip on me,” … “As I work on my own mental healing, I wanted to share my experience so that other heart parents know they are not alone.”  What they give in the way of medication for PTSD is an antidepressant. Which is ironic considering PTSD is so often caused by antidepressants. There is a Facebook group titled “Antidepressant-Induced PTSD” located at

According to an excellent investigative report posted at Megan said she was on Paxil.

You can watch the latest news report with that information documented on the following link to that news report here which I would encourage you to watch as it is the latest news as of Sunday 10:00 PM Eastern:

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And another news report as well here:


In this PA murder/suicide of the Mark Short family as I said when they withheld mentioning what was in the suicide note and which of the two adults the gun was found near I immediately thought of a case I am very familiar with in Flower Mound, TX. In that case in yet another affluent neighborhood as all three of these were, Andrea Roberts, 41, shot her sleeping husband Michael, 41, and two young children Micayla, 11, and Dylan, 7, before shooting herself only two weeks after starting on the antidepressant Zoloft. Andrea left a rambling suicide note about how she had to kill her family and herself because they all had AIDS. Of course their the autopsies showed none of them had any sign of AIDS. But the extremely vivid nightmares produced by these drugs, which patients say are more real to them than reality, become their new reality and they begin to question what is real. In Andrea’s mind it had become real that they all had AIDS and her only choice was to shoot everyone.

Such are the horrific delusions brought on by these drugs…a new reality that produces these real life nightmares that no one who knows them can believe are real. In Megan Short’s case she was on the drug I refer to as Prozac #3, Paxil. It has horrific withdrawal and is the same drug found to be responsible in the mass murder/suicide of the Donald Schell family in Gillette,  WY in which the jury found only two pills mainly responsible in a wrongful death suit and awarded $6.4 Million to the two remaining family members. It happened in February of 1998 just a few months before I was in Western Wyoming on a Paxil-induced murder case where a woman shot her husband while he slept and had no memory of it. All she knew was that she when she was conscious of where she was and what was going on her husband was lying in his bed with a gunshot through his head and she was standing at the top of the stairs with a “smoking gun” in her hand. So she said, “I figured I must have done it so I walked over to the sheriff’s office and turned myself in. While there for her trial I learned of the Donald Schell case in Eastern Wyoming and contacted the woman in Jerry Spence’s office (the famous cowboy attorney with the leather jacket who was the one attorney interviewed throughout the OJ Simpson case which also involved one of these drugs, Prozac.  According to OJ’s best friend if OJ committed the killing of his wife and friend, Prozac was the reason it happened.) who was working with the family in the Donald Schell murder/suicide.

Donald Schell was a non-violent family man and a doting grandfather, who after being prescribed Paxil took only two pills over a two day period. After that second dose he got up in the middle of the night and took a .22 caliber pistol and a 357 magnum and shot and killed the three people he loved the most in the world – his wife Rita, his daughter Deb and his only grand-baby Alyssa. He then shot himself. These are only a handful of cases that are related to these drugs which is why there is a Facebook group titled: Paxil (Paroxetine, Seroxat) Should Be Illegal located at this link:

There were other indications Paxil was taking its toll on Megan. They mentioned marital issues between Mark and Megan. Those marital issues according to additional documentation on the link above was that she had left her husband for a while for an affair with another transplant mom. This is something we often see in cases involving antidepressants. According to some more recent scientific research serotonin is what determines sexual preference. And beyond that 2000 scientists joined together in the year 2000 to voice their grave concerns that male fish were being born with ovaries due to their exposure to Prozac in the water supply.



ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Brian Short, CEO of killed his wife and three children before killing himself


SSRIstories.NET is a database of the cases our group at the International Coalition for Drug Awareness has gathered over the past 2 1/2 decades, including nearly every school shooter and mass shooter in the country. The question remains in all of these cases as to the level of consciousness of the perpetrator – something that is never tested in the court cases and should be. (Tragically in this case that is no longer an option.) Testing is still back in the dark ages with blood levels of drugs rather than brain waves which will detect the level of consciousness and therefore culpability. These are drugs that accumulate in brain tissue at an alarming rate. Testing the blood tells us nothing about the level of toxicity.



Tragically the answer is simple. Antidepressants strongly impair sleep producing a disorder known as a REM Sleep Disorder (RBD) where you act out nightmares in a sleep state. And who gets hurt in your nightmares if not those you care about the most? Of those being diagnosed with RBD 86% are taking an antidepressant and 80% of them hurt themselves or someone else. It has long been know that this includes both murder and suicide as a result. RBD was known basically as a drug withdrawal state before the SSRI antidepressants hit the market. So having someone withdraw slowly enough to avoid serious withdrawal is key in prevention.

Take the case of Andrea Yates, also a nurse, and the third nurse in a three month period to go to court for killing her children – all while on antidepressants. The other two nurses were married to doctors. Just the day before Andrea drowned all five of her children she had two huge dosage changes in her antidepressants (which the FDA warns can produced suicide, hostility, and/or psychosis) so she was on two antidepressants, both at maximum dose when she drowned her children. Rusty Yates will tell you in a heartbeat that losing her children was Andrea’s very worst nightmare. She had even quit her nursing career so she could spend more time with them. (Also during Andrea’s second trial a female doctor in Illinois on one of the antidepressants Andrea was taking stabbed her two sons.)




What the world remains unaware of is the fact is that 86% of those who are diagnosed with the most deadly sleep disorder known as REM Sleep Disorder (RBD) are currently taking antidepressants. REM Sleep Disorder is a condition in which there is no paralysis during sleep thus allowing the patient to act out the dreams or nightmares they are having. Tragically 80% of those going into this sleep disorder hurt themselves or others including both murder and suicide as a result.

This is possibly the most deadly of all reactions one can have to antidepressants. Even more frightening though is to learn that before the introduction of the SSRI antidepressants RBD was known mainly as a drug withdrawal effect. Thus the chances of going into this dangerous reaction should be expected to increase as one goes into withdrawal. This is why it is so important to avoid as much of the withdrawal effects as possible by tapering off the antidepressant very, very slowly.


What so many were not aware of is that an increase in serotonin by an accompanying decrease in one’s ability to metabolize serotonin was long known to produce both impulsive murder and suicide. See this study out of the Southern California:

1996 – Mutant Mice May Hold Key To Human Violence – An Excess Of Serotonin.

08/11/1996 – Mutant Mice May Hold Key To Human Violence – An Excess Of Serotonin, A Chemical That Helps Regulate Mood And Mental Health, Causes Mayhem


Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness & ssristories.NET
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

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