Medical Professionals Killing Others in Murder/Suicides

I have long stated that various types of medical professionals and their family members are largest single group facing serious reactions to antidepressants. With their easy access to medications and their strong belief in them we find a high use among them. One psychiatric nurse out of Iowa said publicly that 75% of the doctors and nurses she worked with were taking antidepressants. She said the drug reps are telling doctors and nurses that they are in stressful professions and the “depression” is going to hit them sooner or later so they may as well get started on antidepressants now to sort of “nip it in the bud” as they say. And apparently they are falling hard for that old sales pitch!

While searching for a particular murder/suicide case online the other day I ran across one case after another, after another, of murder/suicide situations involving medical professionals or family members of medical professionals and thought I would share with you what I see so often…..

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!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here:

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness &
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!”

Victoria Vovchik



NOTE: “It is still unclear whether Vovchik’s psychiatric history had an impact of her decision.” and “Family friends: Suicidal New City woman snapped.”

Posted by Doris on March 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Mom Stabs Daughter & Kills Self

Dr. Victoria Vovchik from New City, New York killed herself after allegedly stabbing her seven year old daughter and leaving a gory scene for the girl’s father to find!

Reports say that the mother was obsessed with her baby’s daddy and although they did not live together and he is recently widowed he did co-own the house and was allegedly leading her on.

Officials said the young girl had been stabbed 31 times, including across the throat, and was rushed to Westchester Medical Center, where she is listed in critical condition.

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The woman who slashed her 7-year-old daughter more than 30 times before killing herself Thursday was a devoted mother who was “obsessed” with the man who fathered the girl and hoped he would marry her one day, a former landlord told The Journal News.

Victoria Vovchik, a 45-year-old podiatrist, slit her throat after stabbing her daughter in an attempt to kill her in the master bedroom of their Quarry Road home, authorities said Friday.

The woman’s death was ruled a suicide Friday by acting Medical Examiner Dr. Laura Carbone.

Her daughter, Ava, was in stable condition at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla on Friday.

Investigators don’t know how long the mother and child remained in the bloody bedroom before they were discovered by Ava’s father, Dr. Kristappa Sangavaram, an anesthesiologist, who called 911 at 1:09 p.m. Thursday.

Before moving to the home in 2010, Vovchik lived in a rented home on Strawtown Road in New City.

Her landlady, Carol Huggins, described her as a devoted mother who was convinced that Sangavaram would marry her someday.

Huggins never saw Sangavaram but said Vovchik was deeply in love with him.

“She was obsessed, and he was just leading her on and on … I was concerned for her,” Huggins said. “She was totally in love, she was hoping that he would eventually be with her.”

Vovchik filled the backyard with expensive playground equipment and enrolled the child in Indian language and dance classes so she would learn her father’s culture, Huggins said.

“She talked about him all the time, and she would not even look at another man,” Huggins said. “When she gave her heart, she gave it forever.

I was concerned for her. I never met this man, but he was supposed to visit her once in a while, but she saw him less and less.

“Victoria would never have done this if she was in complete control of herself. Something terrible must have happened to her emotionally, for her to crack,” she said.

Aside from two self-inflicted incisions to her neck, Vovchik “had no other bodily injuries,” and toxicology results will not be available for several weeks, according to the medical examiner.

nvestigators are trying to figure out what led Vovchik to commit the violence.

“Maybe the little girl can shed some light on what happened for us when she’s healthy enough to talk to us,” Clarkstown police Sgt. Jo Anne Fratianni said. “It’s like putting a piece of the puzzle back together.”

She said police had never been called to the home for any domestic issue.

Sangavaram went to the house he co-owned with Vovchik after the Woodglen Elementary School nurse called him about his daughter’s absence from school Thursday.

Sangavaram, a widower since last year, lives in New Jersey, where he runs a restaurant.

Woodglen’s principal hosted a meeting with parents Friday afternoon. Support staff was in classrooms to help children and teachers.

“It’s a really sad, sad tragic event,” PTA co-president Jessica Fetterman said. “I don’t really know the family. It’s scary that this happened.”

At the meeting, parents discussed how they would respond if their children asked about the stabbing.

They also volunteered to help Ava’s family in any way, but were told to hold off until she was out of the woods, said Joseph Malgieri, Clarkstown school board president.

Richard Weiner, a Montvale, N.J., podiatrist who sold his Fort Lee practice to Vovchik six years ago, said he was shocked by the news of her murder attempt and suicide because he knew her only as pleasant and likable.

“I tried to introduce her to the (Fort Lee) community. She was personable and was knowledgeable in her profession,” Weiner said.

He said she seemed busy whenever he saw her but that she closed her practice last year. She was looking for a group practice to join, he said.

Vovchik may previously have been a nurse, New Jersey records indicate.

She had been licensed to practice podiatry in New York since 1997 and in New Jersey in 2003, records show.

There are recent local cases of women accused of killing their children.

Manuela Morgado of Mamaroneck was accused of killing her 4-year-old son in October and has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

In 2011, former Spring Valley resident LaShanda Armstrong, 25, killed herself and three of her children when she drove down a Newburgh boat launch into the Hudson River. Her eldest son swam to safety.

Source: Lohud

Friends of Victoria Vovchik disclose insight into attempted murder-suicide
Published: March 1, 2013 8:36 AM

Family friends: Suicidal New City woman snapped (3/1/13)

NEW CITY – Friends of the New City woman who attempted to murder her daughter before killing herself have disclosed possible insight into what prompted her actions.
According to police, 45-year-old Dr. Victoria Vovchik, a podiatrist, stabbed her daughter, Ava Sangavaram, in their home on Quarry Drive yesterday. Clarkstown police say the girl’s father, Dr. Kristappa Sangavaram, discovered the bloody scene and called 911 after being notified by a nurse at Woodglen Elementary School that his daughter was not in class.
When officers arrived, they found both mother and daughter in the master bedroom. According to police, Vovchik was dead and the girl was conscious, but suffering from multiple stab wounds. Her throat had also been slashed.
However, family friends told Newsday Westchester that Sangavaram, who was never married to Vovchik, had recently lost his wife and refused to marry Vovchik despite her advances. This, they say, may have caused her to snap.

It is still unclear whether Vovchik’s psychiatric history had an impact of her decision.

Meanwhile, once Ava is healthy enough, authorities say they plan on questioning her to possibly determine a motive in the attack.\


Maria Morgado2


Manuela Morgado


NOTE CLUES OF MED USE: From the pictures the look in her eyes early in the marriage and after where it appears all zest for life is now gone. Also notice the bloating in the later picture as opposed to the previous picture. Bloating is one of the most frequent reactions to antidepressants. Considering the attempted overdose on Xanax she may have been in withdrawal from an antidepressant and given Xanax to cope.


New court papers released in killing of 4-year-old
Published: April 9, 2013 5:32 PM

Newly released court documents detail the final moments of a 4-year-old’s life shortly before his mother killed him. Court papers show Manuela Morgado was determined to kill her son Jake, telling him she loved him over and over as she ended his life. Morgado reportedly taped the boy’s arms and legs, trying in vain to drug him and suffocate him with helium before ultimately choking him to death in their Mamaroneck home last October. (April 9, 2013) (4/9/13)

MAMARONECK – Newly released court documents detail the final moments of a 4-year-old’s life shortly before his mother killed him.
Court papers show Manuela Morgado was determined to kill her son Jake, telling him she loved him over and over as she ended his life. Morgado reportedly taped the boy’s arms and legs, trying in vain to drug him and suffocate him with helium before ultimately choking him to death last October.
The papers show Jake Morgado reportedly fought back until he stopped breathing. He was found dead on the morning of Oct. 1, lying next to his semiconscious mother, who had overdosed on Xanax after the incident.
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Morgado was in the middle of a bitter custody dispute with Jake Morgado’s father, Timothy Reish, a prominent orthopedic surgeon.

Jealous Mother Kills Son Because She Was Jilted by Husband
By Ghana News

June 16, 2013

Manuela Maria Morgado

A New York mother killed her little boy before attempting to commit suicide after the child’s father reunited with his former wife, according to reports.

The Westchester County woman, caught in a custody battle over her 4-year-old son, killed the child before a failed suicide attempt in her suburban condominium, authorities said.

A dejected Manuela Maria Morgado was found semi-conscious and strangling the child’s dead body when police arrived at her home Monday morning. The police were called by a nervous family member, and found the mother and son Jason inside a room on the third floor, officials said.

Morgado, 46, tried to take an overdose of pills after taking the life of her son, a source told the news media.

Authorities did not say how the mother killed the child. Morgado was charged with second-degree murder, who apparently left suicide notes in the house.

The distraught father, Manhattan sports orthopedist Dr. Timothy Reish, came to the home Monday afternoon after the gruesome discovery by police.

Reish, 43, was involved in what looked like a fairly run-of-the-mill legal battle over the child before the mother’s murderous collapse, officials said.

There was no evidence of a threat to the child during the custody battle, authorities said.

Morgado, after an initial assessment at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, was indicted in Mamaroneck Village Court and jailed pending a court date Thursday. A neighbor said the child and mother were nice people who never bothered anyone in the apartment building. The child’s father has recently reunited with his former wife, according to police.



Dr, John Brickman Wall

Dr. John Brickman Wall

“‘I don’t know. If I did, I don’t know. Only a monster would do these things,’

Doctor charged with murder in death of wife.

Pelle Wall, 18, had asked a juvenile court judge to remove his three siblings — ages 16, 13 and 11 — from his father’s home until a criminal investigation surrounding his father is completed.

Pelle’s mother, Uta von Schwedler, was found dead in her bathtub on Sept. 27, 2011. Because of the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death — including the medical examiner not being able to determine if the death was the result of homicide or suicide — Salt Lake police are conducting a criminal investigation. Friends and family members of von Schwedler believe her ex-husband, John Brickman Wall, is the key suspect.

Wall and von Schwedler divorced in 2006, but a bitter custody battle continued until the day she was found dead.

Pelle Wall, who was living in his father’s house at the time of his mother’s death, said in court documents that he was “so fearful for his physical safety around his father he has, on occasion, armed himself with knives.” He moved out of his father’s house when he turned 18 and later filed a petition in court to have his siblings removed from the house, saying he was concerned about their safety and that they were “suffering physical, emotional or development injury or damage.”



Doctor goes to trial for murder in wife’s death

With the month long trial of a Utah County doctor accused of murdering his wife just two weeks away, a 4th District judge began ruling on a litany of pretrial motions Monday.

Martin MacNeill, 57, is charged with murder, a first-degree felony, and obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony, in the April 11, 2007, death of his wife, 50-year-old Michele MacNeill.

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