ANTIDEPRESSANT: Murder: New Hampshire

Second paragraph from the end reads:  “The domestic
violence petition says Jonathan Charbonneau works for Universal Drywall in
Hooksett. Melissa Charbonneau wrote that her husband has a history of violent
tendencies and drug use and has taken
medication for depression and
anxiety.”

http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=A+court+order%2C+then+violence&articleId=6bed8b05-8f4e-4025-afb7-a9b4c5504131

A court order, then violence

By
SCOTT BROOKS
New Hampshire Union Leader Staff
Friday,
Oct. 23,
2009

MANCHESTER – Melissa Charbonneau wanted a divorce.

She made it
official on Wednesday, filing two petitions at Hillsborough Superior Court: one
to end the marriage, and another alleging her husband, Jonathan Charbonneau, had
thrown her down a staircase, climbed on top of her and choked her.

A day
later, friends and neighbors said, Melissa Charbonneau, 29, was dead, shot to
death by her husband about 2 p.m. yesterday.

A Hillsborough County deputy
sheriff served Jonathan Charbonneau, 32, with a restraining order some time on
Wednesday, according to court records. The order barred him from coming within
100 feet of his wife. It also required him to hand over any firearms he might
have. In paperwork, Melissa Charbonneau noted her husband kept a hunting gun in
his closet.

The domestic violence petition alleges Melissa Charbonneau
and her husband got into a “small argument” Wednesday while she was getting
ready to go for a run. It says Jonathan Charbonneau punched his fist through the
bedroom door and slammed his wife against a wall.

From there, it says,
Jonathan Charbonneau dragged her down the hallway and threw her down the
stairs.

“My step-daughter attempted to get him off of me and (asked him)
to stop,” Melissa Charbonneau wrote. “(He) pushed her off him.”

The
petition says Jonathan Charbonneau proceeded to pick his wife off the floor and
throw her into a lamp and table, at which point he climbed on top of her and
choked her, twice.

“I was begging him to stop,” Melissa Charbonneau
wrote.

Afterward, Melissa Charbonneau said she took her step-daughter and
went to Hallsville Elementary School to pick up her 7-year-old son, Jonathan
Charbonneau Jr. Eventually, the petition says, she reported the incident to the
police and went to elliot Hospital.

The domestic violence petition says
Jonathan Charbonneau works for Universal Drywall in Hooksett. Melissa
Charbonneau wrote that her husband has a history of violent tendencies and drug
use and has taken medication for depression and anxiety.

A clerk at the
superior court said she could not release the divorce file to the public
yesterday

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Possible Suicide – Famous Singer Dies in Fall: Malaysia

Second paragraph from the end reads:  “‘It might also
be due to the effects of her medication,he said.
‘She is an optimistic iron lady and couldn’t have taken her own
life’.”

SSRI Stories note: There is a second article following this first
article which states that this beautiful, famous singer had been taking

medication for depression right before her death.

http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20090908-166298.html

Dead Malaysian singer wanted to quit

BUKIT MERTAJAM,
MALAYSIA: Singer Loh Guik Hong, who was found dead at the foot of a condominium
block in Gurney Drive on Saturday, had planned to retire but put it off
following pleas from her fans.

A close friend of Loh told newsmen
yesterday that the singer was sick of the nightlife after being in the business
for over 10 years.

“One year ago, she had to undergo a knee operation
after consuming slimming pills and began thinking of retiring,” he said
yesterday at Loh’s family home in Kampung Berapit.

“However, her
diehard fans were strongly against it.”

Loh was cremated at the Berapit
Cremato-rium here at about noon yesterday after some 150 relatives and friends
paid their last respects. A Taoist priest conducted the final rites.

The
friend said Loh planned to start her own business. He also said Loh suffered
from insomnia, adding that she had been in depression for three years, but only
sought medical treatment a year ago.

At yesterday’s ceremony, the family
allowed reporters to take pictures but did not speak to them.

Among those
at the funeral was Loh’s godsister, Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lived with Loh at the
Gurney Drive condominium. She was seen holding Loh’s pet dog, Yuki.

Loh,
39, who was fondly known by her fans as Xue Liang (Snow Bright), is believed to
have fallen from the 12th floor of the condominium block at about 7.15am. A
post-mortem showed traces of alcohol in her stomach. Police ruled out foul play
and classified the case as sudden death.

Meanwhile, a relative said Loh
wore an eye mask to sleep, which could have been mistaken for a surgical mask as
reported in newspapers.

He also clarified that Loh was in a sleeping gown
when she fell but the gown had torn, adding that Loh used to stand at the
balcony and smoke. The family believed that she might have slipped and
fell.

“It might also be due to the effects of her medication,” he said.
“She is an optimistic iron lady and couldn’t have taken her own life.”

He
also described her as a filial daughter who visited her parents every week and
never forgot to call her family regularly.


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Paragraph
four reads:  “Loh’s godsister Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lives in the same unit,
said the singer returned home from work at 2am and headed straight to bed
after taking medication for depression.”

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/9/6/nation/4662622&sec=nation

Sunday September 6, 2009

Singer falls to her death – in panties and mask

By ANN TAN and M. SIVANANTHA SHARMA

GEORGE TOWN: A
singer was found dead at the foot of a condominium block in Gurney Drive here,
clad only in her panties, her pyjama top, which was lifted, and wearing a
surgical mask.

Loh Guik Hong, 39, who was popularly called Xue Liang
(Snow Bright) by her fans, was believed to have fallen from the 12th floor of
the building at about 7.15am Saturday.

It is learnt that she suffered
from depression and had previously attempted to commit suicide.

Loh’s
godsister Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lives in the same unit, said the singer returned
home from work at 2am and headed straight to bed after taking medication for
depression.

“I knocked on her room at 9am this morning (yesterday) but
there was no answer. When I opened the door I found the room empty,” she said,
adding that she only found out about Loh’s death when she went down to
check.

A post-mortem report showed Loh had serious head and body
injuries.

There were traces of alcohol in her stomach.

Loh, who
works in a coffee shop along Gurney Drive, was said to be good in belting out
Chinese and English songs and has been a singer for 15 years.

People who
knew her said that a group of die-hard fans would come to the coffee shop to
show their support every night.

A person in-charge at the coffee shop
said Loh had performed on Friday night and was supposed to sing again
yesterday.

Deputy state CID chief Supt Nashir Ya said the post-mortem
report said Loh had died from a fall.

“She was in her pyjama top and was
not wearing a bra,” he said, adding that he did not know why she was wearing a
face mask.

“We have ruled out foul play for the moment,” he
said.

Meanwhile, the casket bearing Loh’s body arrived at her family’s
home in Kampung Berapit, Bukit Mertajam at about 5.30pm.

Her father Loh
Chew Seng, 78, was heard telling some neighbours that anak saya sudah
mati
(my daughter had died).

The family members distributed “horse
race” calendars featuring photographs of Loh to reporters at the
scene.

It is learnt that the body will be cremated
tomorrow.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Unexpected Suicide Attempt: Permanent Brain Damage: NY

Paragraph 3 reads:  “Confused and distraught, Ms.
Schortemeyer, who was living in Wisconsin at the time, booked a plane ticket to
New York and spent the next 10 days waiting for her 50-year-old father to wake
from a coma. But Mr. Schortemeyer, who attempted suicide by hanging himself in a
backyard garage at his home in Rocky Point, suffered lasting brain
damage
and severe memory loss. He is now under supervision at Hempstead
Park Nursing Home and does not remember ever trying to commit suicide, his
daughter said.”

Paragraph 14 reads:  “According to Ms. Schortemeyer,
her father, a former Manorville volunteer firefighter and classic car
aficionado, was good humored and a hard worker. He loved his
children, and would bring his two daughters boxes with gifts from home on
monthly visits when they were in college, Ms. Schortemeyer said.

However,
Mr. Schortemeyer suffered from loneliness and was on medication for

depression, Ms. Schortemeyer
said.

http://www.27east.com/story_detail.cfm?id=232464&town=Sag%20Harbor&n=Sag%20Harbor%20woman%20advocates%20for%20suicide%20prevention%20awareness

Sag Harbor woman advocates for suicide prevention awareness

By Bryan Finlayson
Sep 7, 09 10:32 AM

Two years ago in June, Ann Marie Schortemeyer, 25, was
driving home from work when Karen Mayer, her aunt, phoned with
news.

After an attempted suicide, Edwin Schortemeyer, Ann Marie’s father,
a veteran union plumber from Manorville, was in critical condition at John T.
Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson.

Confused and distraught, Ms.
Schortemeyer, who was living in Wisconsin at the time, booked a plane ticket to
New York and spent the next 10 days waiting for her 50-year-old father to wake
from a coma. But Mr. Schortemeyer, who attempted suicide by hanging himself in a
backyard garage at his home in Rocky Point, suffered lasting brain damage and
severe memory loss. He is now under supervision at Hempstead Park Nursing Home
and does not remember ever trying to commit suicide, his daughter
said.

Now, Ms. Schortemeyer, who lives in Sag Harbor, is on a quiet
mission to spread awareness about suicide prevention on Long Island. She and her
fund-raising group, Eddie’s Angels, which has five members, collect donations
for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention [AFSP], a nationwide
organization that advocates research into the causes of suicide. To date, they
have collected $2,208 for the foundation.

Ms. Schortemeyer is also
participating in a suicide awareness walk at the Old Westbury Gardens in Old
Westbury on October 4, about a month after September 10, which is World Suicide

Prevention Day.

“I don’t think people realize how big a problem
depression and mental illness can be,” Ms. Schortemeyer said last week. “It can
affect anyone. I thought my dad was a happy man, and it turns out he had his own
battle with depression.”

The suicide or attempted suicide of a loved one
touches the lives of thousands of Americans each year, AFSC Executive Director
Bob Gebbia said. More than 33,000 people in the United States commit suicide a
year and close to a million attempt suicide, he said.

“If you take the
suicides and the attempted suicides and put them together, you can see that this
is a serious problem,” Mr. Gebbia said.

The Old Westbury Gardens walk is
expected to raise $125,000 for the AFSP to help fund education and research
grants for suicide prevention, Mr. Gebbia said. The money goes toward research
grants for institutions such as Columbia University, and will help fund
investigations into brain chemistry, psychosocial behavior and other symptoms
that can lead to suicide.

The walk in Old Westbury Gardens is one of 190
walks that will occur throughout the country this fall to raise awareness about

suicide prevention. Mr. Gebbia said more than 50,000 people are expected to
participate overall.

One of the foundation’s goals is to break the social
stigma that keeps people from discussing suicide and mental illness with
others.

Suicide is something that is not talked about, it is kept in the
shadows,” said Mr. Gebbia, noting that symptoms relating to suicide can be
treated with medication and therapy. “Suicide is the result of illness, not the
result of character flaws or a personal weakness.”

In Ms. Schortemeyer’s
experience, her father attempted suicide without giving any clear forewarning to
his family and friends. Neither Ms. Schortemeyer or her sister, Sharon, 23, of
Lindenhurst saw any warning signs leading up to the tragedy, Ms. Schortemeyer
said. But in retrospect, Ms. Schortemeyer said, there were “1,000 warning signs”
that her father was battling depression, yet “me and my sister didn’t even
notice it. It just seemed like a funny phase.”

According to Ms.
Schortemeyer, her father, a former Manorville volunteer firefighter and classic
car aficionado, was good humored and a hard worker. He loved his children, and
would bring his two daughters boxes with gifts from home on monthly visits when
they were in college, Ms. Schortemeyer said.

However, Mr. Schortemeyer
suffered from loneliness and was on medication for depression, Ms. Schortemeyer
said.

His second marriage­he married about two weeks before he
attempted suicide­was tumultuous, by Ms. Schortemeyer’s account. “He married
a woman he didn’t know too well,” Ms. Schortemeyer said.

In
conversations, Mr. Schortemeyer often complained of money problems and of his
daughters being so far away from home. In 2007, Sharon was attending college in
Florida and Ann Marie was working as an administrative assistant for a
construction company in Wisconsin.

“He just seemed to be complaining a
lot about credit card bills and the cost of maintaining a home,” Ms.
Schortemeyer said. “I thought it wasn’t anything that big.”

The night
before Mr. Schortemeyer hung himself, he called Ms. Schortemeyer in Wisconsin
and left a voice message to thank her for a Father’s Day card. “He said he
misses me and to please call him soon,” said Ms. Schortemeyer, who reached the
message the following day.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Owosso man judged incompetent to stand trial

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy:

Rosie is exactly right on her remarks on this case. Head injury is
contra-indicated when it comes to antidepressant use. The Wellbutrin package
insert spells it out better than any of the others if you would like to
read up on this aspect of antidepressant adverse reactions.
Also note that there is another case involving a head injury documented in
the comment section. I will send that out as a separate case next.
__________________________________________
” A previous article stated that this man was on medication for
depression. Since he suffered a head injury, he should never have been given an
antidepressant since they can exacerbate seizures, head trauma, etc.. Many
experts have said this and testified to this. ”

Rosie wrote on Oct 2, 2009 4:27 PM:

” The sad fact is that the antidepressants probably caused this
terrible violence and these tragic deaths.

The Physicians Desk Reference
states that SSRI antidepressants and all antidepressants can cause mania,
psychosis, abnormal thinking, paranoia, hostility, etc. These side effects can
also appear during withdrawal.

Go to www.SSRIstories.com where there are over
3,300 cases, with the full media article available, involving bizarre murders,
suicides, school shootings [48 of these] and murder-suicides – all of which
involve SSRI antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, etc, . The media
article usually tells which SSRI antidepressant the perpetrator was taking or
had been using. ”

http://www.argus-press.com/articles/2009/10/04/news/news8.txt

News

Owosso man judged incompetent to stand trial

By MICHAEL PETERSON, Argus-Press Staff Writer
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Saturday, October 3, 2009 9:49 PM EDT

CORUNNA –
The 33-year-old Owosso man accused of two Sept. 11 murders was found incompetentto stand trial and will be remanded to the State Department of Mental Health for
treatment.

Sixty-sixth District Court Judge Terrance P. Dignan signed an
order Wednesday afternoon finding Harlan Drake incompetent. However, Dignan, in
his written opinion, said there is a substantial probability Drake will attain
competence with treatment.

Dignan’s decision was based on a report filed
by the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ann Arbor, where Drake was
evaluated.

Drake is accused of shooting Jim Pouillon, 63, as the Owosso

resident stood across from Owosso High School with an anti-abortion sign. Drake
also allegedly shot and killed Mike Fuoss, 61, the owner of an Owosso Township
gravel company.

Police say Drake also planned to target area Realtor Jim
Howe, but was arrested before he was able to carry out that portion of the
attack.

Robert Ashley, Drake’s attorney, said there were multiple reasons
for the court’s incompetency decision.

Ashley said Drake’s suicide
attempt Sept. 13, while he was in the Shiawassee County Jail, was a factor.
Drake shattered a television in his cell and cut his arm near the wrist with
glass shards.

Also, Ashley said, Drake was involved in a 2004 crash that
resulted in the death of two teenagers after they failed to yield to Drake’s
semi-truck. Drake’s family previously said Drake has battled depression since
the fatal crash and subsequently takes medication because of the
incident.

“We have fought all along that Mr. Drake’s mental health was
an issue here and this seems to support that,  Ashley said. “We certainly
want him to get well and now he is in a facility where that can occur – as
opposed to the Shiawassee County Jail, which just wasn’t equipped to handle
him.

Drake will receive treatment at the Center for Forensic
Psychiatry for a maximum of 15 months, according to Ashley. Drake’s preliminary
examination on two counts of first-degree murder, felony firearm and carrying a
dangerous weapon with unlawful intent has been postponed until after Drake
undergoes the treatment and is ruled competent.

I have no reason to

believe that it will take the full 15 months, but I cannot speculate on the
length of time, Ashley said.  I cannot say what the course of treatment
will be. That will be up to the Center for Forensic Psychiatry to determine.

Shiawassee County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Sara Edwards said it is
important to note the Center for Forensic Psychiatry is a secure
facility.

Some believe it is like getting out of jail – it is not,
Edwards said.  Although he is not incarcerated in a jail, he is still in
custody. It’s not a type of place were he gets freedom or gets to go on field
trips.

Edwards added the Prosecutor’s Office still plans to move
forward with the case after Drake’s treatment is complete.

Obviously,
it is our hope that he would become competent through treatment,  Edwards
said.

– Contact Michael Peterson at 725-5136 extension 223 or
mpetersonarguspress@gmail.com. Post comments about this story online at www.argus-press.com.

Comment on this Story


Rosieceewrote on Oct 3, 2009 2:20 PM:
” A previous article stated that this man
was on medication for depression. Since he suffered a head injury, he should
never have been given an antidepressant since they can exacerbate seizures, head
trauma, etc.. Many experts have said this and testified to this. ”

Rosiecee wrote on Oct 2, 2009 4:27 PM:

The sad fact is that the antidepressants probably caused this terrible violence
and these tragic deaths.

The Physicians Desk Reference states that SSRI
antidepressants and all antidepressants can cause mania, psychosis, abnormal
thinking, paranoia, hostility, etc. These side effects can also appear during
withdrawal.

Go to www.SSRIstories.com where there are over
3,300 cases, with the full media article available, involving bizarre murders,
suicides, school shootings [48 of these] and murder-suicides – all of which
involve SSRI antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, etc, . The media
article usually tells which SSRI antidepressant the perpetrator was taking or
had been using. ”

JD wrote on Oct 2, 2009 3:11 PM:

Antidepressents don’t affect everyone the same way. Just cause they might work
for you doesn’t mean they work for everyone. That’s also why there is more than
one type of antidepressant–cause they don’t all work the same. Let the man get
better so he is “in his right mind” when he is tried. It does no good to punish
someone if they really don’t why they’re being punished. ”

adam conley wrote on Oct 2, 2009 11:38 AM:

automatically your guilty in civil servants eyes. they could care less if a
person has mental problems. but if it was a civil servant that commits a crime
they are automatically innocent of the crime. look how colbrys crimes where
handled from the beginning. wasn’t handcuffed didn’t go to jail didn’t get fired
for drinking on the job. do you really think you would get a 200 dollar bond for
drunk driving hit and run fleeing eluding police. i dont think so. ”

wrote on Oct 2, 2009 9:48 AM:

Does anyone know what kind of medication he was on? Not that it is an excuse for
what he did, just curious. ”

S. Lake wrote on Oct 2, 2009 7:25 AM:
” Mr.Drake isn’t competent enough to go to trial at this time, but, he was
competent enough at the time to purchase many rounds of ammunition and a number
of firearms! He was competent enough to drive a vehicle and drop off a relative
at the High School, but, didn’t know what he was doing when he fired one of the
guns that he was competent enough to buy! He was competent enough to drive that
same vehicle and go to the gravel pit and again use a gun that he was competent
enough to purchase.
I’m sure many of the citizens in Owosso are glad not to

see the “sign-man” anymore. But, should you forget, he was MURDERED IN COLD
BLOOD. Mr.Fuoss was also MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD. They have family members that
MISS them. There are laws somewhere to protect the victims. I believe that there
is a law regarding felons and mentally ill person from purchasing firearms.
Maybe that should be checked out! Hopefully the system will seek them and use
them. By the way, does Mr.Drake get visition with his family and friends? Jim
and Mike do, just at a very different place. Don’t let the “system” sweep this
under the rug. By the way, I didn’t realize that individual cells had TV’s. I
thought that there was a central area provided outside of individual cells for
that. (just wondering) ”

dan
holman wrote on Oct 2, 2009 6:16
AM:
” II was in the Oakland County Jail these past 4 months. My bunkee is in
jail for destroying his home with a hammer. This frightened his poor wife who
arrived home during his rampage. Though his wife was not verbally or physically
threatened or harmed, my bunkee was charged with Felony Assault.

My
bunkee was on meds for depression as a result of a motorcycle accident. His meds
were the reason he went on his rampage. The doctor prescribed something he
should not have been taking, this contributed to his mental state.

It is
possible that Harlan Drake’s situation is similar. It is reported that in 2004
Drake was in a severe motor vehicle accident, and has not been the same since.
Perhaps prescribed drugs contributed to his homicidal rampage.

However,
one thing is very strange; my bunkee had to wait 4 months to get into the Ann
Arbor forensic lab, and he still has not received word from the court regarding
the lab’s prognosis. Harlan Drake seems to get preferential treatment and a
clement court decision within weeks of his shooting rampage.

This is all
too typical of pro-abortion violence against pro-lifers.

When pro-lifers
are attacked at the death camps, and we call for the police, and guess who gets
arrested? Usually nothing happens to the person committing the assault. Others
could say much more. I have heard many, many stories besides my own
experiences.

I am presently in custody in Michigan as a result of road
rage. I was driving a vehicle which displays the same aborted babies Jim
Poullion was displaying not 40 miles from where Jim was shot and killed by
Harlan Drake.

I am accused of the road rage the other person was doing
(I have nothing against bland mini-vans).

I am presently tempted to

plead to a misdemeanor just to get this ordeal over with. My chances of getting
a fair minded jury in this country are very slim. Most people believe that in
any altercation, people who display aborted baby pictures are at fault. They
believe we are deliberately provoking people to fight us. I am sure that is in
the back of most people’s minds when it comes to the shooting death of Jim
Poullion. Though unsaid, they believe he got what he deserved.

But
provoking a fight is not the reason we display the pictures. We display the
brutality of abortion because we want baby-killing to end. We want people to see
and to understand how outrageous it is for a mother to kill her child.
Displaying the pictures saves lives and stirs up repentance. It also brings
about outrage to the unrepentant. Baby-murder is permitted, protected, and
promoted in our nation for 37 years with no end in sight. Displaying the carnage
is the most direct and powerful means we have to combat it’s acceptance.

Those who kill their children have few inhibitions about inflicting harm
on strangers. There is but a thin layer of civility which prevents many from
doing so. Drugs can strip away that thin layer. But even those considered sane,
empowered as of a pastor, judge, juror, prosecutor, politician, or voter
participate in the homicides of 4000 innocent Americans per day.

How
shall those who protect the unborn get fair treatment from those who participate
in their killings? It will not happen this side of glory. ”

JH wrote on Oct 2, 2009 2:43 AM:

Good for him, I know a thing or two about the local mental health care and let
me just say it’s “lacking”. If he needs help I hope he gets it. ”

Ashamedoflaw wrote on Oct 1, 2009 11:07 PM:

Why not do the decent thing, and put him out of his misery. Give him the needle
and end it now!!! Too bad he didin’t cut himself deep enough to end it in jail,
Shame on the jailers for for saving his life. Now we have to pay for him to rot
in jail the rest of our natural lives ”

4pets wrote on Oct 1, 2009 9:39 PM:


” OMG. I cannot believe how “blind” some people are! This murderer is not
sane- no murderer is sane! This does not mean that I think he should not be
tried for the murders he committed. He should be punished to the full extent of
the law!I am so sick of “criminals” blaming their frickin “depression” or their
“anti-depressant” medication for their crimes! I am depressed and have taken
these types of medications and I did not kill anyone! Perhaps the lawmakers
should consider a persons “mental” health before allowing them a gun permit!!!!

Interesting wrote on Oct
1, 2009 4:29 PM:
” You know this is unbelieveable to say the least. I work
in the County, a man had called on Wed. before the murders and requested Howe’s
address, he did plan these murders, he did know what he was doing. I am sure he
is depressed because he went on the rant rage and was going to be in prison for
the rest of his life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is never get was is
do———him!!!!!!!!! ”

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Famous Singer Dies: Malaysia

Second paragraph from the end reads:  “‘It might also be due to the effects of her medication,he said.  ‘She is an optimistic iron lady and couldn’t have taken her own life’.”

SSRI Stories note: There is a second article following this first article which states that this beautiful, famous singerhad been taking medication for depression right before her death.

http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20090908-166298.html

Dead Malaysian singer wanted to quit

BUKIT MERTAJAM, MALAYSIASinger Loh Guik Hong, who was found dead at the foot of a condominium block in Gurney Drive on Saturday, had planned to retire but put it off following pleas from her fans.

A close friend of Loh told newsmen yesterday that the singer was sick of the nightlife after being in the business for over 10 years.

“One year ago, she had to undergo a knee operation after consuming slimming pills and began thinking of retiring,” he said yesterday at Loh’s family home in Kampung Berapit.

“However, her diehard fans were strongly against it.”

Loh was cremated at the Berapit Cremato-rium here at about noon yesterday after some 150 relatives and friends paid their last respects. A Taoist priest conducted the final rites.

The friend said Loh planned to start her own business. He also said Loh suffered from insomnia, adding that she had been in depression for three years, but only sought medical treatment a year ago.

At yesterday’s ceremony, the family allowed reporters to take pictures but did not speak to them.

Among those at the funeral was Loh’s godsister, Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lived with Loh at the Gurney Drive condominium. She was seen holding Loh’s pet dog, Yuki.

Loh, 39, who was fondly known by her fans as Xue Liang (Snow Bright), is believed to have fallen from the 12th floor of the condominium block at about 7.15am. A post-mortem showed traces of alcohol in her stomach. Police ruled out foul play and classified the case as sudden death.

Meanwhile, a relative said Loh wore an eye mask to sleep, which could have been mistaken for a surgical mask as reported in newspapers.

He also clarified that Loh was in a sleeping gown when she fell but the gown had torn, adding that Loh used to stand at the balcony and smoke. The family believed that she might have slipped and fell.

“It might also be due to the effects of her medication,” he said. “She is an optimistic iron lady and couldn’t have taken her own life.”

He also described her as a filial daughter who visited her parents every week and never forgot to call her family regularly.
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Paragraph four reads:  “Loh’s godsister Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lives in the same unit, said the singer returned home from work at 2am and headed straight to bed after taking medication for depression.”

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/9/6/nation/4662622&sec=nation

Sunday September 6, 2009

Singer falls to her death – in panties and mask

By ANN TAN and M. SIVANANTHA SHARMA

GEORGE TOWN: A singer was found dead at the foot of a condominium block in Gurney Drive here, clad only in her panties, her pyjama top, which was lifted, and wearing a surgical mask.

Loh Guik Hong, 39, who was popularly called Xue Liang (Snow Bright) by her fans, was believed to have fallen from the 12th floor of the building at about 7.15am Saturday.

It is learnt that she suffered from depression and had previously attempted to commit suicide.

Loh’s godsister Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lives in the same unit, said the singer returned home from work at 2am and headed straight to bed after taking medication for depression.

“I knocked on her room at 9am this morning (yesterday) but there was no answer. When I opened the door I found the room empty,” she said, adding that she only found out about Loh’s death when she went down to check.

A post-mortem report showed Loh had serious head and body injuries.

There were traces of alcohol in her stomach.

Loh, who works in a coffee shop along Gurney Drive, was said to be good in belting out Chinese and English songs and has been a singer for 15 years.

People who knew her said that a group of die-hard fans would come to the coffee shop to show their support every night.

A person in-charge at the coffee shop said Loh had performed on Friday night and was supposed to sing again yesterday.

Deputy state CID chief Supt Nashir Ya said the post-mortem report said Loh had died from a fall.

“She was in her pyjama top and was not wearing a bra,” he said, adding that he did not know why she was wearing a face mask.

“We have ruled out foul play for the moment,” he said.

Meanwhile, the casket bearing Loh’s body arrived at her family’s home in Kampung Berapit, Bukit Mertajam at about 5.30pm.

Her father Loh Chew Seng, 78, was heard telling some neighbours that anak saya sudah mati (my daughter had died).

The family members distributed “horse race” calendars featuring photographs of Loh to reporters at the scene.

It is learnt that the body will be cremated tomorrow.

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DEPRESSION MED: Suicide Attempt: Unexpected: Permanent Brain Damage: Ne…

Paragraph 3 reads:  “Confused and distraught, Ms.
Schortemeyer, who was living in Wisconsin at the time, booked a plane ticket to
New York and spent the next 10 days waiting for her 50-year-old father to wake
from a coma. But Mr. Schortemeyer, who attempted suicide by hanging himself in a
backyard garage at his home in Rocky Point, suffered lasting brain
damage
and severe memory loss. He is now under supervision at Hempstead
Park Nursing Home and does not remember ever trying to commit suicide, his
daughter said.”

Paragraph 14 reads:  “According to Ms. Schortemeyer,
her father, a former Manorville volunteer firefighter and classic car
aficionado, was good humored and a hard worker. He loved his
children, and would bring his two daughters boxes with gifts from home on
monthly visits when they were in college, Ms. Schortemeyer said.

However,
Mr. Schortemeyer suffered from loneliness and was on medication for

depression, Ms. Schortemeyer
said.

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Sag Harbor woman advocates for suicide prevention awareness

By Bryan Finlayson
Sep 7, 09 10:32 AM

Two years ago in June, Ann Marie Schortemeyer, 25, was
driving home from work when Karen Mayer, her aunt, phoned with
news.

After an attempted suicide, Edwin Schortemeyer, Ann Marie’s father,
a veteran union plumber from Manorville, was in critical condition at John T.
Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson.

Confused and distraught, Ms.
Schortemeyer, who was living in Wisconsin at the time, booked a plane ticket to
New York and spent the next 10 days waiting for her 50-year-old father to wake
from a coma. But Mr. Schortemeyer, who attempted suicide by hanging himself in a
backyard garage at his home in Rocky Point, suffered lasting brain damage and
severe memory loss. He is now under supervision at Hempstead Park Nursing Home
and does not remember ever trying to commit suicide, his daughter
said.

Now, Ms. Schortemeyer, who lives in Sag Harbor, is on a quiet
mission to spread awareness about suicide prevention on Long Island. She and her
fund-raising group, Eddie’s Angels, which has five members, collect donations
for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention [AFSP], a nationwide
organization that advocates research into the causes of suicide. To date, they
have collected $2,208 for the foundation.

Ms. Schortemeyer is also
participating in a suicide awareness walk at the Old Westbury Gardens in Old
Westbury on October 4, about a month after September 10, which is World Suicide

Prevention Day.

“I don’t think people realize how big a problem
depression and mental illness can be,” Ms. Schortemeyer said last week. “It can
affect anyone. I thought my dad was a happy man, and it turns out he had his own
battle with depression.”

The suicide or attempted suicide of a loved one
touches the lives of thousands of Americans each year, AFSC Executive Director
Bob Gebbia said. More than 33,000 people in the United States commit suicide a
year and close to a million attempt suicide, he said.

“If you take the
suicides and the attempted suicides and put them together, you can see that this
is a serious problem,” Mr. Gebbia said.

The Old Westbury Gardens walk is
expected to raise $125,000 for the AFSP to help fund education and research
grants for suicide prevention, Mr. Gebbia said. The money goes toward research
grants for institutions such as Columbia University, and will help fund
investigations into brain chemistry, psychosocial behavior and other symptoms
that can lead to suicide.

The walk in Old Westbury Gardens is one of 190
walks that will occur throughout the country this fall to raise awareness about

suicide prevention. Mr. Gebbia said more than 50,000 people are expected to
participate overall.

One of the foundation’s goals is to break the social
stigma that keeps people from discussing suicide and mental illness with
others.

Suicide is something that is not talked about, it is kept in the
shadows,” said Mr. Gebbia, noting that symptoms relating to suicide can be
treated with medication and therapy. “Suicide is the result of illness, not the
result of character flaws or a personal weakness.”

In Ms. Schortemeyer’s
experience, her father attempted suicide without giving any clear forewarning to
his family and friends. Neither Ms. Schortemeyer or her sister, Sharon, 23, of
Lindenhurst saw any warning signs leading up to the tragedy, Ms. Schortemeyer
said. But in retrospect, Ms. Schortemeyer said, there were “1,000 warning signs”
that her father was battling depression, yet “me and my sister didn’t even
notice it. It just seemed like a funny phase.”

According to Ms.
Schortemeyer, her father, a former Manorville volunteer firefighter and classic
car aficionado, was good humored and a hard worker. He loved his children, and
would bring his two daughters boxes with gifts from home on monthly visits when
they were in college, Ms. Schortemeyer said.

However, Mr. Schortemeyer
suffered from loneliness and was on medication for depression, Ms. Schortemeyer
said.

His second marriage­he married about two weeks before he
attempted suicide­was tumultuous, by Ms. Schortemeyer’s account. “He married
a woman he didn’t know too well,” Ms. Schortemeyer said.

In
conversations, Mr. Schortemeyer often complained of money problems and of his
daughters being so far away from home. In 2007, Sharon was attending college in
Florida and Ann Marie was working as an administrative assistant for a
construction company in Wisconsin.

“He just seemed to be complaining a
lot about credit card bills and the cost of maintaining a home,” Ms.
Schortemeyer said. “I thought it wasn’t anything that big.”

The night
before Mr. Schortemeyer hung himself, he called Ms. Schortemeyer in Wisconsin
and left a voice message to thank her for a Father’s Day card. “He said he
misses me and to please call him soon,” said Ms. Schortemeyer, who reached the
message the following day.

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DEPRESSION MED: Man Allegedly Deliberately Drives Into Cyclist: Australia

Paragraphs four and five read:  “The court heard that Armstrong suffered an acquired brain injury as a teenager from a high-speed motocross accident leaving him unable to work and on medication for depression.”

“Police prosecutors alleged Armstrong was deliberately trying to harm himself on the night of the incident by driving into a vehicle.”

http://caboolture-shire-herald.whereilive.com.au/news/story/court-grants-bail/

BAIL was granted on Friday for a man accused of the manslaughter of Deception Bay roadworker Murray Goodrich.

Gavin Armstrong, 27, of Burpengary, appeared in Caboolture Magistrates Court charged with the manslaughter of the father-of-three, and for a second charge of unlicensed driving
Armstrong’s car allegedly struck Goodrich on the night of August 3 near the Uhlmann Rd off-ramp on the Bruce Highway at Burpengary.
Goodrich was working at roadworks at the time of the incident.
The court heard that Armstrong suffered an acquired brain injury as a teenager from a high-speed motocross accident leaving him unable to work and on medication for depression.
Police prosecutors alleged Armstrong was deliberately trying to harm himself on the night of the incident by driving into a vehicle.
The defence argued Armstrong was of sound mind and a doctor’s assessment after the crash found him to have no mental illness.
The case will come before the Caboolture Magistrates Court for a committal mention on November 4.
Goodrich is survived by his wife, Joanne, and triplet daughters, Teryn, Lauren and Emily, 16.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Murder-Suicide Intent: Man Plans to Kill his Family & Self: Oh

Paragraph three reads: “The man had lost his job, was on medication for depression, was having marital problems and was depressed about not being able to support his newborn baby.”

Paragraph five reads:  “The man, who eventually put down the weapon and was taken into custody, later said he had intended to kill his wife and his child and have a shootout with police to end his own life, officers said.”

http://www.vindy.com/news/2009/aug/29/liberty-officer-honored-for-preventing-suicide/?newswatch

Published: Sat, August 29, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

STAFF REPORT

LIBERTY Capt. Toby Meloro of the Liberty Police Department was named Ohio’s 2009 Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year at the annual convention of the Ohio Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in May.

Meloro was recognized for his handling of an incident June 10, 2008, in Liberty Township in which a man had locked himself in his garage with the intention of killing himself, according to a NAMI newsletter.

The man had lost his job, was on medication for depression, was having marital problems and was depressed about not being able to support his newborn baby.

Meloro, a negotiator for the Violent Crimes Task Force, began talking with the man, who held a shotgun under his chin for more than 90 minutes in his garage as Meloro talked to him.

The man, who eventually put down the weapon and was taken into custody, la- ter said he had intended to kill his wife and his child and have a shootout with police to end his own life, officers said.

The man has gotten mental-health treatment, is back with his wife and family and says he owes his life to the Liberty Police Department, the newsletter said.

CIT is an effort between law enforcement and the mental-health community to help law- enforcement officers handle incidents involving people with mental illness.

In Trumbull County, 95 police officers and 11 other professionals have received CIT training since February 2006.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Man Assaults his Mother: England

Paragraphs 9 & 10 read:  “Mr Roberts said Turton did have an issue with depression and was on medicationfor it, and mixing it with alcohol had a bad effect.”

“Chairman of the magistrates Keith Stokes-Smith said:  ‘It was an extremely vicious attack,’ and said he had  ‘breached the trust’  with his mother when she had genuinely been trying to help him.”

SSRI Stories Note:  The Physicians Desk Reference states that antidepressants can cause a craving for alcohol and alcohol abuse. Also, the liver cannot metabolize the antidepressant and the alcohol simultaneously,  thus leading to higher levels of both alcohol and the antidepressant in the human body.

http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/local/4571114.Drunken_son_attacked_his_own_mum/

Drunken son attacked his own mum

4:00pm Friday 28th August 2009

By Claire Fry »

A DRUNK son who rained punches on his mother after she refused to give him his medication has been jailed by magistrates.

Jason Turton pinned his mother to a chair and punched her repeatedly after she had told him he could not take his medication for depression and schizophrenia as they would react badly with the alcohol.

Turton, of Hollymount Road, Tolladine, had been out drinking on Monday, August 24, from about 10.15am but when he got back at about 6pm the incident happened.

Matt Dodson, prosecuting, said the 23-year-old began shouting for his tablets before pinning her down in a seat and punched her in the face, demanding to know where the medication was hidden. When she managed to get away, she escaped to a neighbour’s house, and police arrived to find her face covered in blood.

In interview, Mr Dodson said Turton realised his mother had been trying to “look after his best interests” and his reaction had been very wrong.

Turton admitted the charge of actual bodily harm when he appeared before city magistrates.

In mitigation, Nick Roberts said Turton was sorry and upset at what had happened.

“He has realised the relationship between mother and son has broken down and that would be something he would have to come to terms with and deal with in due course,” he added.

Mr Roberts said Turton did have an issue with depression and was on medication for it, and mixing it with alcohol had a bad effect.

Chairman of the magistrates Keith Stokes-Smith said: “It was an extremely vicious attack,” and said he had “breached the trust” with his mother when she had genuinely been trying to help him.

He was sentenced to 26 weeks in custody.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Murder: Man Kills Mother & His Own Daughter – Michigan

Third paragraph from the end reads:  “Donna Vanniekerk told Defense Attorney Lesley Kranenberg that her husband  ‘used to be kind and loving but he turned mean and vindictive’  after his father died in 2004. She said he had been seeing a therapist and taking medication for depression.

Paragraph five reads:  “Vanniekerk was found in a bed in the motel and arrested and now is charged with two counts of open murder. He listened Thursday as the first witnesses testified in his preliminary examination before Calhoun County District Court Judge John Holmes. Testimony will continue in September when a pathologist is expected to testify that Brenda Vanniekerk and her granddaughter Laura Vanniekerk died from an overdose of medication.”

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Wife testifies against man in slayings

Trace Christenson • The Enquirer • August 7, 2009

As Johan Vanniekerk straddled his wife, hitting and choking her, she told him she couldn’t breathe.Advertisement

“I know,” Donna Vanniekerk remembers him saying, “because I am going to kill you tonight.”

“I started screaming and he started strangling me harder. He said, ‘Don’t worry about the girls. When I am done killing you, I am going to kill them, too.”

Johan Vanniekerk didn’t kill anyone that night, April 30, but the 41-year-old Fort Wayne, Ind., man is charged with the May 1 death of his mother, 72, and his daughter, 3, in a Marshall motel. Investigators have alleged that Vanniekerk assaulted his wife in their Fort Wayne apartment and then the next day drove his mother and daughter to Marshall, where they were killed in a motel room.

Vanniekerk was found in a bed in the motel and arrested and now is charged with two counts of open murder. He listened Thursday as the first witnesses testified in his preliminary examination before Calhoun County District Court Judge John Holmes. Testimony will continue in September when a pathologist is expected to testify that Brenda Vanniekerk and her granddaughter Laura Vanniekerk died from an overdose of medication.

Donna Vanniekerk said she and her husband had been married 12 years but the relationship had soured and the couple separated because of his depression.

On the night of April 30, she said her husband entered their apartment a few minutes after a male co-worker, who was repairing some computers, had left.

“He took me down the hall and he put me on the bed,” Donna Vanniekerk told Prosecutor Susan Mladenoff. “He climbed on top of me and started hitting me and strangling me.”

A few minutes later the assault stopped and she said her husband made her promise he could move back with her and their three daughters and they would be together. She said she decided to act normally “because I thought I was dead and he was going to kill me and the girls.”

The next morning she prepared to go to work, took Laura to the apartment of her mother-in-law Brenda Vanniekerk, who provided child care, and then took the two older girls to school. There, an administrator called police and later Johan Vanniekerk realized the authorities were involved.
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The couple exchanged some phone calls and text messages but when Donna Vanniekerk and the police went to Brenda Vanniekerk’s apartment, they found she and her granddaughter were gone.

At 4:15 p.m. that Friday, Donna Vanniekerk received a text message from her husband which said “we have reached the point of no return,” and then another which said “this is all your fault, you have no one to blame but yourself.”

She continued to call her husband and, when he finally answered, she asked about her mother-in-law.

“She is already dead,” she said her husband replied.

And when Donna Vanniekerk asked about Laura, her daughter, he said, “she is dead, too.”

“I started screaming and said she is my baby. He said, ‘not anymore,’ and hung up.”

Donna Vanniekerk told Defense Attorney Lesley Kranenberg that her husband “used to be kind and loving but he turned mean and vindictive” after his father died in 2004. She said he had been seeing a therapist and taking medication for depression.

Marshall Patrol Officer Andrew Groeneveld testified he was one of several officers to enter two rooms rented by Vanniekerk at the Comfort Inn in Marshall.

Groeneveld said in the room he entered shortly after 5:30 p.m., they found Vanniekerk on one bed, with labored breathing, and the child already dead on another bed.

Trace Christenson can be reached at 966-0685 or tchrist@battlecr.gannett .

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