DEPRESSION MEDICATION WITHDRAWAL: Man Shoots/Kills Roomate

MY COMMENT: They need to give these expert witnesses these drugs and then pull them off throwing them into withdrawal. Then they will know what they are talking about when they testify as to the effects of withdrawal and what you are and are not capable of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ross pointed to discrepancies in the opinions of doctors who testified for the defense over what effect the drugs Grodio was taking for a knee injury and depression would have had on him.

“The drugs might make the defendant agitated. Another doctor said it would make him calm. If off the medication, he would have been irritable,” the prosecutor said. But “whether he is agitated is irrelevant under the law,” Ross added.
Forth did not dispute the fact that Grodio shot Tarlow, but argued the defendant was not completely responsible for his actions because of the powerful mix of prescription medication he was taking.

Forth pointed to testimony from a psychiatrist that it was not “appropriate for him (Grodio) to have that cocktail of drugs,” and that the combination of medications could have caused blackouts, hallucinations or a psychotic break.

“It is a defense for you to find Michael Grodio not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter,” he told the panel. He conceded that Grodio could have formed the intent to kill, but “it’s equally possible because of the drugs he was taking he did not have the intent to kill.”

http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/200906240300/NEWS0802/906240315

Man found guilty of shooting roommate to death

A man who shot his roommate in the back after the victim ordered him to do the dishes and turn down the air conditioner in the mobile home they shared was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder.

It took the six-man, six-woman jury less than two hours to come back with the verdict against 57-year-old Michael Grodio, who faces 50 years to life in state prison when sentenced on Sept. 11.

Grodio shot 56-year-old David Brian Tarlow on Sept. 9, 2007, in the trailer they had shared for about three months at a mobile home park on Langlois Road outside Desert Hot Springs.

Deputy District Attorney Christopher Ross said outside court that “justice was served.”

“The facts spoke for themselves,” Ross said. “This wasn’t a who-done-it? This was a what-is-it? The jury told us what it was — first-degree murder.”

Deputy Public Defender Joe Forth said he plans to file a motion for a new trial, questioning the speed with which the jury returned its verdict.

“Because of all the expert testimony, we don’t believe they actually deliberated,” Forth said.

In his closing argument earlier Tuesday, Ross told the jury that Grodio shot his roommate because the victim annoyed him.

He also pointed to testimony from doctors who said that even if Grodio was on prescription medication or was going through withdrawals, “he would be able to form an intent” to kill.

Ross said Grodio went into his room to find the gun, then loaded it and placed eight additional bullets in his pocket, showing that he had the intent to kill Tarlow.

“You have to be able to think to do that,” he said.

Grodio showed Tarlow his gun after the victim ordered the defendant to wash his dishes and turn down the air conditioner, the prosecutor said. Tarlow was walking out of the room, with his back to Grodio, when he was shot.

“When he was the most exposed, that’s when the defendant shot the (victim),” the prosecutor said.

Ross pointed to discrepancies in the opinions of doctors who testified for the defense over what effect the drugs Grodio was taking for a knee injury and depression would have had on him.

“The drugs might make the defendant agitated. Another doctor said it would make him calm. If off the medication, he would have been irritable,” the prosecutor said. But “whether he is agitated is irrelevant under the law,” Ross added.

Forth did not dispute the fact that Grodio shot Tarlow, but argued the defendant was not completely responsible for his actions because of the powerful mix of prescription medication he was taking.

Forth pointed to testimony from a psychiatrist that it was not “appropriate for him (Grodio) to have that cocktail of drugs,” and that the combination of medications could have caused blackouts, hallucinations or a psychotic break.

“It is a defense for you to find Michael Grodio not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter,” he told the panel. He conceded that Grodio could have formed the intent to kill, but “it’s equally possible because of the drugs he was taking he did not have the intent to kill.”
“If you can draw two or more reasonable conclusions — one to innocence, one to guilty — you must pick the one that points to innocence,” Forth told the panel.

http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/200906240300/NEWS0802/906240315

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U.S. divorce dip excludes Utah

Ann Blake-Tracy’S COMMENT:
DIVORCE PILLS ARE EFFECTIVE!!! | 9:53 p.m. June 23, 2009

This article is years too late! In the early 90’s something happened that everyone should have noticed as Utah went over the national average in divorce just about seven years after the divorce pills were introduced to the market and Utah became the divorce pill capitol of the nation.

What am I calling the divorce pills? Antidepressants of course. These drugs may cause suicide, but they have killed more families than anything I have seen in my lifetime.

The largest LDS Singles group saw it as early as I did. In the mid 90’s they asked if I would lecture to their clients about antidepressants because they noticed that those who would come in and find a mate, then get divorced and come back to find another mate and cycle through that same way repeatedly were those taking antidepressants.

There are MANY reasons why these drugs produce this family and/or relationship altering effect: mania, impulsiveness, false accusations of abuse, cravings for alcohol and other drugs, inability to feel, argumentative behavior, change in personality, memory loss, etc.

Dr. Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/print/705312312/US-divorce-dip-excludes-Utah.html
U.S. divorce dip excludes Utah

By Michael R. McFall

Deseret News
Published: Monday, June 22, 2009 10:53 p.m. MDT

Troubled Utah families are still separating while the rest of the country on average is postponing divorce in a tough recession.

The number of divorce filings in the state kept steady at about 13,000 from 2006 to 2008, even as the economy tanked and the average number of divorces dropped around the country. As of May 31, there have been about 6,000 filed divorces this year. If the numbers remain steady until the end of the year, 2009 will be more of the same — despite what’s going on across the country.

Layoffs and a suffering housing market apparently have kept a rising number of America’s feuding couples together. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reports that nationally, 37 percent of attorneys said they saw a notable decline in their divorce cases in 2008.

But Utah saw a 1 percent increase the same year. Attorney Paul Mortenson said his firm of Hanks and Mortenson, which serves most of Utah, hasn’t seen any decrease in divorce cases so far this year.

Mortenson isn’t alone. Other Utah divorce attorneys, including David Dolowitz of Cohne Rappaport and Segal, haven’t seen any change in their clientele this year either.

“I’ve been wondering out loud (to my colleagues) why people who have financial issues aren’t more likely to stay together,” said Ellen Maycock of Kruse Landa Maycock and Ricks.

The answer might be in Utah’s relative financial success as a state. According to the results of the Associated Press’ Economic Stress Index, released last week, Utah is faring better than most of America, which may be why the state’s divorce rates remain closer to pre-recession years.

Holowitz theorized that if a couple isn’t as concerned about their finances and local economy, they may be more likely to go through with their divorce.

A divorce involving at least one child usually costs anywhere from $53,000 to $188,000 in attorney’s fees, financial advice and real estate costs for buying or renting separate homes, according to census data from the Web site Divorce360. Apparently, most Utahns can still afford to cut the knot.

But there are still a few hit by the recession who are looking for alternatives to ending their troubled marriage.

Shirley Pappin, owner of the Divorce Mediation Institute of Utah, said she’s seen a marked increase in her business. In 2005, the Utah Legislature passed a bill making one visit to a mediator a requirement for any couple seeking an official divorce.

Still, more people are turning to divorce mediation as an alternative to going through the courts because of the exorbitant costs of divorce and a desire for private control over their family’s separation, she said. The average mediation process costs $3,000 to $4,000.

Pappin suggests that mediation, because it puts a separated family’s future in their hands and not the court’s, is usually a better option for anyone considering divorce.

E-MAIL: mmcfall@desnews.com

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Council MD Had Bizarre Behavior: Still Wins 1 Million P…

Paragraph 4 reads: “Laird’s time at the Council was marked by a series of increasingly bitter disputes with councillors, staff and unions and she spent much of her tenure off sick with stress. Unions claimed she bullied staff and the Council leader told a colleague that her behaviour had the Council ‘at breaking point’.”

Paragraphs 8 through 10 read: “Laird, who was taking anti-depressant medicine, also declared that she had no ongoing medical condition which would affect her employment.”

“‘Medically, whether Mrs Laird had an ongoing medical condition is a difficult question,’ said the ruling. ‘She had a vulnerability to depression but not one that was manifesting itself at that time. The vulnerability was ongoing but not the depression’.”

“‘It is standard practice to go on taking anti-depressants for a considerable period after there has been a period of depression. It is not in itself indicative of any ongoing problem, said the judgment. ‘This was the or at least a correct answer’.”

http://www.out-law.com/page-10117

Council MD did not lie about health in £1m claim, says High Court
OUT-LAW News, 23/06/2009

The managing director of a local authority did not mislead her employer when she failed to tell them that she had suffered from depression, the High Court has ruled. She will not have to repay the nearly £1 million claimed from her by the council.

Christine Laird hit the headlines earlier this year when she was sued by her former employer Cheltenham Borough Council for nearly £1m in a claim that she had misled it in her job application. Laird was the managing director of the Council.

The High Court has said that she did not deliberately mislead the Council in answering a medical questionnaire, even though she made no mention of previous depressive episodes.

Laird’s time at the Council was marked by a series of increasingly bitter disputes with councillors, staff and unions and she spent much of her tenure off sick with stress. Unions claimed she bullied staff and the Council leader told a colleague that her behaviour had the Council “at breaking point”.

The High Court said that Laird did not directly lie, and that the questions asked by the Council were capable of being answered in different ways. Laird’s answers were not untruthful, it said.

The Council had asked ‘do you normally enjoy good health’, to which Laird had answered ‘yes’. “When depressed she did not enjoy good health. When not depressed, she did. But she was only depressed for limited periods prior to January 2002 and this was not her ‘normal’ state of health,” said the ruling. “A reasonable person in Mrs Laird’s position would regard herself as normally enjoying good health. This was the or at least a correct answer.”

Laird answered ‘no’ to the question ‘do you have a physical or mental impairment?’, which the Court also said was a correct answer. “She did not have an impairment in the technical sense – i.e. under the Mental Health Act or the [Disability Discrimination Act],” it said. “She had a vulnerability to episodes of depressive disorder but she did not have an ongoing depressive disorder…this was the or at least a correct answer.”

Laird, who was taking anti-depressant medicine, also declared that she had no ongoing medical condition which would affect her employment.

“Medically, whether Mrs Laird had an ongoing medical condition is a difficult question,” said the ruling. “She had a vulnerability to depression but not one that was manifesting itself at that time. The vulnerability was ongoing but not the depression.”

“It is standard practice to go on taking anti-depressants for a considerable period after there has been a period of depression. It is not in itself indicative of any ongoing problem,” said the judgment. “This was the or at least a correct answer.”

The Court found that regardless of her actual condition, Laird’s assessment of her health was honest. “For this purpose what matters is Mrs Laird’s understanding of her medical condition rather than her actual condition. Her understanding was that she had suffered attacks of anxiety and stress due to specific events, but not that she had suffered or was suffering from a depressive disorder,” said the ruling.

The Court said that Laird had not filled out the questionnaire fraudulently, nor had she wilfully withheld important information.

“Given the ambiguity of the questions asked and Mrs Laird’s reasonable understanding of her medical history, as I have found it to be, it was not negligent of her to answer the questions as she did,” said Mr Justice Hamblen in his ruling.

Laird had argued that the offer of a job was unconditional, and so the medical report was irrelevant. The Court rejected that and found that the job offer was conditional on her medical fitness, but that she had filled in the questionnaire honestly and without fraud or negligence, so the Council’s claim failed.

The Court found that if Laird had disclosed her medical history she probably would not have been offered the job, because she was offered it after winning a Council vote of just 18 votes to 17.

Simon Horsfield is an employment law expert at Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind OUT-LAW.COM. He said that the Council’s claim that it would not have employed Laird could lead it to fall foul of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).

“Depression itself is capable of amounting to a disability. Had this woman disclosed her depression then it seems to me it wouldn’t automatically to have been open to the local authority to refuse to employ her just because she suffered from depression. That would have given rise to a disability discrimination claim,” he said.

“It seems to me that it’s going to be very difficult for the Council to turn round and say that they would not have entered into this contract just because this woman is depressed, and to do so I think they’re treading a very fine line between saying we would automatically have discriminated against this woman and not employed her,” he said.

The Court, though, said that in this case the facts meant that such a case would have been unlikely. It said that had Laird not been offered the job on the grounds of her past depression she would not have been able to make a claim for discrimination under the DDA because by her own evidence she was not disabled at the time of applying for the job.

“It was common ground that she was not ‘disabled’ at that time and therefore that there would have been no breach of duty,” the Court ruled.

See: The ruling

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Woman Cuts Baby From Belly of Mother

Paragraph three reads: “The woman accused of killing her, 27-year-old Korena Roberts, had a five-inch scratch on the left side of her neck and arm injuries.”

Last paragraph reads: “The documents say Roberts’ boyfriend told a detective that Roberts informed medical personnel that she had been on antidepressants since her last pregnancy. She has two children from previous relationships.”

http://www.ktvz.com/Global/story.asp?S=10579094

Associated Press – June 23, 2009 9:35 AM ET

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Court documents show that an Oregon woman whose unborn son was cut from her body died after a struggle with her killer.

A search warrant affidavit says 21-year-old Heather Snively had bite marks on the back of her elbow.

The woman accused of killing her, 27-year-old Korena Roberts, had a five-inch scratch on the left side of her neck and arm injuries.

The documents don’t say exactly how Snively was cut open. The baby didn’t survive.

The documents say Roberts’ boyfriend told a detective that Roberts informed medical personnel that she had been on antidepressants since her last pregnancy. She has two children from previous relationships.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Woman Cuts Unborn Son From a Pregnant Mom: Oregon

Paragraph three reads: “The woman accused of killing her, 27-year-old Korena Roberts, had a five-inch scratch on the left side of her neck and arm injuries.”

Last paragraph reads: “The documents say Roberts’ boyfriend told a detective that Roberts informed medical personnel that she had been on antidepressants since her last pregnancy. She has two children from previous relationships.”

http://www.ktvz.com/Global/story.asp?S=10579094

Associated Press – June 23, 2009 9:35 AM ET

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Court documents show that an Oregon woman whose unborn son was cut from her body died after a struggle with her killer.

A search warrant affidavit says 21-year-old Heather Snively had bite marks on the back of her elbow.

The woman accused of killing her, 27-year-old Korena Roberts, had a five-inch scratch on the left side of her neck and arm injuries.

The documents don’t say exactly how Snively was cut open. The baby didn’t survive.

The documents say Roberts’ boyfriend told a detective that Roberts informed medical personnel that she had been on antidepressants since her last pregnancy. She has two children from previous relationships.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Murder Attempt: England

Paragraph 11 reads: “Kiss had claimed that he could not remember the incident and was not criminally responsible for his actions due to the effects of prescribed sleeping tablets and anti-depressants he had been taking at the time as he struggled to come to terms with the fact his wife wanted a divorce.”

http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/4447290.Crossways_husband_guilty_of_attempting_to_murder_wife/

Crossways husband guilty of attempting to murder wife
8:43am Friday 19th June 2009
By Harry Hogger »

WIFE-BEATER Joseph Kiss has been found guilty of attempted murder for a brutal attack which was likened to a ‘scene out of a horror movie’.

Kiss was found guilty of trying to kill his wife of over 20 years by striking her repeatedly with a bottle of sparkling wine while she was lying in bed at their home in Crossways on June 13 last year.

I have never seen injuries of that extent or severity before. I was distressed by her injuries. The bed and the wall were blood soaked to such an extent that I was forced to look away. I could only describe what I saw as a scene from a horror movie.
PC Nicholas Gravenor

The defendant remained passive as the jury revealed its verdict at Dorchester Crown Court and Judge Samuel Wiggs told him sentencing would be delayed while a psychiatric report on him was prepared, which could take several weeks.

Odd job man Kiss, 47, of Brewers Walk, Crossways, was remanded in custody and faces a maximum punishment of life imprisonment for the offence.

Following the verdict police praised the strength of mother-of-three Donna Kiss after her husband was convicted for the brutal attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Marcus Hester, from Weymouth CID, said after the trial: “The verdict was the correct verdict in the eyes of Mrs Kiss’s family and the court.

“I must pay tribute to the strength of Donna Kiss and her family in what has been a horrific year for them.

“In due course the court will deal with Mr Kiss as they see fit.”

DCI Hester added that Mrs Kiss was lucky to survive the attack, which left her with severe facial injuries including lacerations to her ear and face, a broken jaw, nose and eye socket and knocked out several teeth.

Kiss had claimed that he could not remember the incident and was not criminally responsible for his actions due to the effects of prescribed sleeping tablets and anti-depressants he had been taking at the time as he struggled to come to terms with the fact his wife wanted a divorce.

He said he remembered going to bed that evening and the next thing he recalled was hearing a dog barking and leaving his wife’s bedroom before realising he was covered in blood.

The prosecution case claimed the effects of the medication was just a convenient excuse, and Kiss had intended to kill his wife because he was angry about the impending break-up of their marriage.

DCI Hester said: “This was a sustained, pre-planned attack on a mother whilst she was asleep in her bed with the intention of killing her.

“It is fortuitous, I believe that on June 13 last year Donna Kiss didn’t lose her life.”

In a brief statement issued through DCI Hester after the trial, Mrs Kiss selflessly paid tribute to the jurors in the trial and Detective Sergeant Paul Auger, who was in charge of the investigation.

She said: “I am very grateful to the jury for the verdict and would like to personally thank DS Paul Auger for his excellent work over the past year.”

Police and paramedics who were first called to the scene of the attack have been commended for keeping their cool when faced with ‘a scene of horror’.

The ferocious nature of Kiss’s attack on his wife even left 999 service crews shocked.

Earlier in the trial, one police officer called out to the Kiss home in Crossways said the bedroom was like ‘a scene from a horror movie’ and a paramedic who treated Donna Kiss said it was one of the most horrific things she had witnessed in her career.

Jurors heard a statement from PC Nicholas Gravenor, who helped the ambulance crew escort Mrs Kiss to an ambulance and stayed at the property to investigate the crime scene.

He said: “I have never seen injuries of that extent or severity before. I was distressed by her injuries.”

He added: “The bed and the wall were blood soaked to such an extent that I was forced to look away. I could only describe what I saw as a scene from a horror movie.”

The jury also heard from paramedic Tamisa Hicks, who had been working in the ambulance service for 17 years, who treated Mrs Kiss at the scene.

She said: “I was led into the bedroom, the lights were on, and I saw one of the most horrific sights I have ever seen in my career.

“A lady who I now know to be Donna Kiss was sat up on the bed, covered from head to toe in blood.

“She was sat with congealed blood all around her head, there was blood on the walls and spatters of blood on the ceiling.”

DCI Marcus Hester praised all those who attended, as well as staff at Dorset County Hospital where Mrs Kiss was treated, for keeping their heads and carrying out their duties in the circumstances.

He said: “The officers attending the scene along with the paramedics faced a scene of horror but acted professionally and quickly along with casualty staff in saving Mrs Kiss’ life.

“I would like to thank all those involved in all agencies.”

Residents of Brewers Walk in Crossways said they were shocked to learn of Joseph Kiss’s vicious attack behind closed doors.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “Mrs Kiss is a lovely person.

“Everyone around here feels so sorry for her.

“After it happened I didn’t see her for a while. I’d always see her walking her labrador before that.”

Another neighbour remembers hearing voices and seeing paramedics come to Mrs Kiss’s rescue after she received life-threatening injuries.

Drinkers at the Tavern Social Club in Crossways remember seeing Kiss visit the club on Friday evenings to play pool.

A club committee member said: “He was very quiet and always kept himself to himself.

“He didn’t drink much.”

A club regular, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was stunned that Kiss was capable of committing the crime.

He added: “It’s against his nature. I never saw him with his wife.”

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Made Actor Worse: California

Paragraphs 7 & 8 read: “For awhile, he didn’t know what to do with his life, especially because a doctor put him on antidepressants that made things worse. Only in 2008 did he take a chance and quit the antidepressants and finally, apparently could see a light at the end of a dark tunnel.”

“Then came to his mind that, despite being blind, he could be an actor like he always wanted to be, especially considering that he actually lives right in the heart of Hollywood.”

http://www.brazzilmag.com/content/view/10834/1/

Blind Brazilian Actor Plays Keen-Sighted Title Character in Hollywood http://www.brazzilmag.com/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=10834 http://www.brazzilmag.com/index2.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10834&pop=1&page=0&Itemid=1 http://www.brazzilmag.com/index2.php?option=com_content&task=emailform&id=10834&itemid=1
Written by Heredy Bono
Monday, 22 June 2009
The longest running play in Hollywood is Eavesdropper. The ensemble is made up of 16 actors on stage to tell the story of a sex, drugs, and rock and roll-type party that ends with two people being killed. Every “eavesdropper” show has a different cast. So, it is never the same show twice. This is because, usually, at least three people rotate in each role.

Director Andy Libby estimates that at least 600 actors have been part of “the “Eavesdropper” cast in the past three years, with some of them continuously being part of the show during all seasons. Like Pedro Shanahan and Drue Delio, while others drop out of the cast after a few performances.

Presently meanwhile, “Eavesdropper” features a unique actor who happens to be totally blind and requires a white cane to walk around in real life. But on stage performs a sighted role, making the audience never wonder he ever has been blind.

Brazilian actor Gustavo Brasileiro leaves his cane in the dressing room and walks into the stage without any help. Gustavo joined the cast last February to perform the Eavesdropper, the title character , which requires to remain two hours in front of the audience without any break backstage.

Since he rotates that role with two other actors, he later took over another two roles so he could be present in all shows: the cowboy stripper and Quinton, a crazy gay man who talks with his dead boyfriend on the phone.

Gustavo Brasileiro started acting when he was a teenager in Brazil, but later got a degree in economics and became a banker. Later, he moved to Los Angeles as an investment advisor for S corporations. In 2005, after struggling for over 10 years to save his eyesight, Gustavo lost his vision permanently and went through difficult times to readjust to his situation.

For awhile, he didn’t know what to do with his life, especially because a doctor put him on antidepressants that made things worse. Only in 2008 did he take a chance and quit the antidepressants and finally, apparently could see a light at the end of a dark tunnel.

Then came to his mind that, despite being blind, he could be an actor like he always wanted to be, especially considering that he actually lives right in the heart of Hollywood.

Late in 2008, he started attending Andy Libby’s acting class, and quickly got the attention of his teacher, who invited him to join the cast of Lysystrata, and later, Eavesdropper.

In interview with Brazzil magazine, Gustavo explains that even before he knew he would be blind someday, he used to think it was unfair that entertainment producers use sighted actors to perform blind people roles.

So, today, Gustavo believes that his mission might be a blind actor who acts like a sighted person in a way to empower disabled people. Following some highlights of our interview:

Brazzil – How do you feel sharing the stage with 15 sighted actors?

Gustavo – Actually, in the beginning, I had no idea how it would work out. I even considered to use an earwig to receive directions during the shows. But, Andy Libby said it would not be necessary. In fact, I gave a chance with a five-minute appearance last year on Lysistrata at Hollywood’s Complex Theater. And all casting members were extremely supportive and helpful. Then last February, a bigger challenge came up with an invitation to star in “Eavesdropper”. Again, my mobility on stage turned out to be impeccable, or according to some, maybe better than some sighted actors.

Brazzil – Do you want to be a movie star?

Gustavo – Actually, that would be great! I have started on stage because it’s the best way to prove that a blind actor who can do well in a live performance probably will have no issues in front of the camera. I believe my life experience, and especially the fact that I have been more focused and spiritual since I became totally blind, has made me much better actor than I was in my 20s back in Recife. On top of that, now, I can be a full-time actor. Since I have retired from my banking and investment advising careers, well – I hope.

Brazzil – A couple years ago, we reported that you had been a victim of assault and imprisonment and theft. What happened after that? Did the suspects get convicted?

Gustavo – Despite all my efforts, the Los Angeles District Attorney said it would be very difficult to investigate a crime whose weapons happened to be syringes filled with methamphetamines. However, the credit card companies and banks have been prosecuting them. For me, it was an experience that empowered a lot. After being able to get rid of a bunch of criminals with one of them jumping from my third floor window and breaking his ankles on the ground, I am only proud of myself and ashamed of Los Angeles’s Police Department. If they had done exactly what I told them to do, no suspects would be able to escape and our city would now be safer.

Brazzil – How do you see the ongoing recession?

Gustavo – I was suspecting the United States to go into a depression already in the middle of the Bush Administration. However, they were able to keep filling the market with cash originating from those crazy sub-prime mortgages. I have to tell you that a banker has to be very high on cocaine, methamphetamines, or psychiatric drugs to lend money the way they did. Wall Street and the big multinationals really now to manipulate the American Media class.

I’m glad Brazil, meanwhile, didn’t follow U.S.’s path, but rather took its own course. I remember when, in the 1990s they wanted to privatize my BANCO do Brasil. Thank God we didn’t let that happen! Brazil is getting out of the recession must faster than the U.S. because the Brazilian government has its own banks. Here in the U.S., the treasury provides over 1 trillion dollars to private banks, which do not take orders from the government, so they do whatever they want to do with our money.

Brazzil – What do you foresee for the U.S. economy?

Gustavo – I think Obama is doing the right thing: once the Chinese and the OPEC countries decided to hold our U.S. dollar, why not print more dollars to prevent a terrible depression? I expect the U.S. dollar to depreciate further until the point that the U.S. will become cheaper and more competitive, bring back many of those industries that moved abroad in the past few decades. Of course, the best of America is the ability to re-invent itself in a way that no one else can do. That is what, in my view guarantees U.S. leadership. During the George W. Bush era, there was less freedom and no incentives to do what Americans best can do: innovation.

Brazzil – So, for how long will you be in the show, and how can people gain attendance?

Gustavo – The Eavesdropper is L.A.s longest running play, and we will probably keep it going for many years to come. The producers are now making a feature film based on the same story, and I’m hoping to be cast for it.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Murder Attempt: England

Paragraph 11 reads: “Kiss had claimed that he could not remember the incident and was not criminally responsible for his actions due to the effects of prescribed sleeping tablets and anti-depressants he had been taking at the time as he struggled to come to terms with the fact his wife wanted a divorce.”

http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/4447290.Crossways_husband_guilty_of_attempting_to_murder_wife/

Crossways husband guilty of attempting to murder wife
8:43am Friday 19th June 2009
By Harry Hogger »

WIFE-BEATER Joseph Kiss has been found guilty of attempted murder for a brutal attack which was likened to a ‘scene out of a horror movie’.

Kiss was found guilty of trying to kill his wife of over 20 years by striking her repeatedly with a bottle of sparkling wine while she was lying in bed at their home in Crossways on June 13 last year.

I have never seen injuries of that extent or severity before. I was distressed by her injuries. The bed and the wall were blood soaked to such an extent that I was forced to look away. I could only describe what I saw as a scene from a horror movie.
PC Nicholas Gravenor

The defendant remained passive as the jury revealed its verdict at Dorchester Crown Court and Judge Samuel Wiggs told him sentencing would be delayed while a psychiatric report on him was prepared, which could take several weeks.

Odd job man Kiss, 47, of Brewers Walk, Crossways, was remanded in custody and faces a maximum punishment of life imprisonment for the offence.

Following the verdict police praised the strength of mother-of-three Donna Kiss after her husband was convicted for the brutal attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Marcus Hester, from Weymouth CID, said after the trial: “The verdict was the correct verdict in the eyes of Mrs Kiss’s family and the court.

“I must pay tribute to the strength of Donna Kiss and her family in what has been a horrific year for them.

“In due course the court will deal with Mr Kiss as they see fit.”

DCI Hester added that Mrs Kiss was lucky to survive the attack, which left her with severe facial injuries including lacerations to her ear and face, a broken jaw, nose and eye socket and knocked out several teeth.

Kiss had claimed that he could not remember the incident and was not criminally responsible for his actions due to the effects of prescribed sleeping tablets and anti-depressants he had been taking at the time as he struggled to come to terms with the fact his wife wanted a divorce.

He said he remembered going to bed that evening and the next thing he recalled was hearing a dog barking and leaving his wife’s bedroom before realising he was covered in blood.

The prosecution case claimed the effects of the medication was just a convenient excuse, and Kiss had intended to kill his wife because he was angry about the impending break-up of their marriage.

DCI Hester said: “This was a sustained, pre-planned attack on a mother whilst she was asleep in her bed with the intention of killing her.

“It is fortuitous, I believe that on June 13 last year Donna Kiss didn’t lose her life.”

In a brief statement issued through DCI Hester after the trial, Mrs Kiss selflessly paid tribute to the jurors in the trial and Detective Sergeant Paul Auger, who was in charge of the investigation.

She said: “I am very grateful to the jury for the verdict and would like to personally thank DS Paul Auger for his excellent work over the past year.”

Police and paramedics who were first called to the scene of the attack have been commended for keeping their cool when faced with ‘a scene of horror’.

The ferocious nature of Kiss’s attack on his wife even left 999 service crews shocked.

Earlier in the trial, one police officer called out to the Kiss home in Crossways said the bedroom was like ‘a scene from a horror movie’ and a paramedic who treated Donna Kiss said it was one of the most horrific things she had witnessed in her career.

Jurors heard a statement from PC Nicholas Gravenor, who helped the ambulance crew escort Mrs Kiss to an ambulance and stayed at the property to investigate the crime scene.

He said: “I have never seen injuries of that extent or severity before. I was distressed by her injuries.”

He added: “The bed and the wall were blood soaked to such an extent that I was forced to look away. I could only describe what I saw as a scene from a horror movie.”

The jury also heard from paramedic Tamisa Hicks, who had been working in the ambulance service for 17 years, who treated Mrs Kiss at the scene.

She said: “I was led into the bedroom, the lights were on, and I saw one of the most horrific sights I have ever seen in my career.

“A lady who I now know to be Donna Kiss was sat up on the bed, covered from head to toe in blood.

“She was sat with congealed blood all around her head, there was blood on the walls and spatters of blood on the ceiling.”

DCI Marcus Hester praised all those who attended, as well as staff at Dorset County Hospital where Mrs Kiss was treated, for keeping their heads and carrying out their duties in the circumstances.

He said: “The officers attending the scene along with the paramedics faced a scene of horror but acted professionally and quickly along with casualty staff in saving Mrs Kiss’ life.

“I would like to thank all those involved in all agencies.”

Residents of Brewers Walk in Crossways said they were shocked to learn of Joseph Kiss’s vicious attack behind closed doors.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “Mrs Kiss is a lovely person.

“Everyone around here feels so sorry for her.

“After it happened I didn’t see her for a while. I’d always see her walking her labrador before that.”

Another neighbour remembers hearing voices and seeing paramedics come to Mrs Kiss’s rescue after she received life-threatening injuries.

Drinkers at the Tavern Social Club in Crossways remember seeing Kiss visit the club on Friday evenings to play pool.

A club committee member said: “He was very quiet and always kept himself to himself.

“He didn’t drink much.”

A club regular, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was stunned that Kiss was capable of committing the crime.

He added: “It’s against his nature. I never saw him with his wife.”

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Inpatient in Psych Hospital Kills Self: England

Paragraphs 10 & 11 read: “He was given anti-depressants, only allowed to leave on escorted visits and monitored every 10 minutes, for his own safety.”

“But on the day before he died, mental health staff ruled Mr Boss’s condition had improved and he could be allowed out on short, unescorted visits.”

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/homenews/Procedures-followed-teacher-suicide/article-1089798-detail/article.html

Teacher killed himself after leaving ward for cigarette
Friday, June 19, 2009, 10:01

PROPER procedures were not followed before a Nottingham teacher hanged himself in hospital, a coroner has said.

Adam Boss was found hanged in a toilet at the Queen’s Medical Centre, where he was being treated in a Notts Healthcare Trust-run psychiatric ward for depression and anxiety.

The 36-year-old, from Carrington, was allowed to leave the ward for a cigarette on November 12, but his name was not written on a board to show he had left.

Staff should have passed the information to a senior nurse, to make sure he was back before a 15-minute time limit.

But an inquest in Nottingham was told they did not notice Mr Boss had not returned until 25 to 35 minutes after he left.

Minutes later, the English teacher was found hanged in a toilet.

He had been acting deputy head teacher of Greenwood Dale School in Sneinton before moving to Elliott Durham School in Mapperley.

A father-of-two, he was admitted to hospital voluntarily, suffering from depression and anxiety.

He had told a GP he had detailed plans to kill himself.

He was given anti-depressants, only allowed to leave on escorted visits and monitored every 10 minutes, for his own safety.

But on the day before he died, mental health staff ruled Mr Boss’s condition had improved and he could be allowed out on short, unescorted visits.

Psychiatrist Dr Nick Mepham said: “He was happy with that. He was absolutely confident he could keep himself safe.

“When asked about his level of impulsiveness, he said he was not an impulsive person.”

The psychiatric wards at the QMC are not run by the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, which runs the rest of the hospital..

Recording a verdict of suicide, Notts Coroner Dr Nigel Chapman said Mr Boss was “certainly off the ward for longer than 15 minutes” before staff looked for him.

He said: “His name was not on the whiteboard and neither were the proper procedures followed as to allowing him off the ward and not knowing how long he was off the ward.”

“He has gone outside for a cigarette and then, for whatever reason, we often don’t find reasons, he has gone into that toilet and done an act to take his own life.”

Mr Boss’s father, Gerald, told the hearing he could “only speculate” why his son took his own life.

He said: “I know he had a massive fear that he wouldn’t recover. He felt he was letting his family down.

“He loved teaching and he loved working with young people. From the young people’s accounts, that regard was reciprocated.

“He had a fine future and a lovely family. He had no obvious reason to do what he did, other than his illness.”

robert.parsons@nottinghameveningpost.co.uk

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