kristina fetters and aunt arlene

Krissy With Her Favorite Aunt Arlene

In Des Moines, Iowa in 1994 14 year old Krissy, on Prozac, hit her Aunt Arlene over the head with an iron skillet and stabbed her at least five times before realizing what she was doing. You often ask me how I can continue to document these cases. There are times it is very hard and almost impossible to continue, but I do it for them, all the victims of these drugs. Krissy is one example of many. It has taken me over a year to even read the articles about Krissy’s death last July. I finally did that this weekend and cried like a baby all weekend. Tears stream down my face now as I write this.

The Prozac-Induced Murder

Krissy had been kidnapped, beaten badly enough to break her nose and raped. To help her “cope” with that ordeal she was given Prozac and two other meds as well and locked in a mental ward. She escaped the mental ward and ran to her favorite aunt’s home who had been like a mother to Krissy.

Likely in abrupt withdrawal without access to meds Krissy went into the REM Sleep Disorder (RBD) – long known as a drug withdrawal state (see more on RBD below). She began dreaming she was beating and stabbing the boy who kidnapped, beat and raped her. Thinking she was fighting for her life this time, she suddenly realized it was not the boy who beat and raped her, it was her Aunt Arlene! She then cradled her aunt in her arms as she died.

Watch TV Interview of Krissy’s Friend Discuss Her Case


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Krissy Was the Youngest Iowan Convicted of Murder

Kristina Fetters was the youngest person convicted of murder in Iowa at the age of 14. Prozac was never used as her defense. She was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Krissy learned from her mother in 2006 that I had moved to Iowa hoping to open an antidepressant withdrawal center. We made arrangements for me to visit Krissy at the prison. And before I had a chance to get clearance from the prison to visit her she wrote to me about what actually happened that day. She still had questions and was not fully understanding what had happened to her to cause her to do what she did and having only spotty memory of it all. It tears my heart out to have to explain to families what happens in these tragedies, but even more so to have to explain to a child who should not even have to face such things in their lives, but rather have a chance to just be kids.

Her mother shared Krissy’s story with a Russian news crew who came to Iowa to interview me about antidepressants in 2007. And a news crew from England looking into the “barbaric” American policy of incarcerating children for life interviewed Krissy several times. I also interviewed with them.

2012 US Supreme Court Banned Life Without Parole for Children

Krissy’s case remains rare since she was the first Iowa inmate serving a life term without the possibility of parole, to have her sentence changed. A U.S. Supreme Court 2012 ruling deems life without parole unconstitutional for juveniles now. Following the major ruling, Kristina Fetters was re-sentenced with parole as an option.

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Cancer and This New Ruling Brought Krissy’s Early Release

Krissy developed breast cancer in 2013. She had been given yet another antidepressant, Effexor, which we know from studies that all antidepressants increase the rate of cancer with Paxil increasing the rate of breast cancer by seven times.

The parole board did release Krissy to hospice care outside the prison where she could at least be with her family while she died. Upon her release she had a cancer tumor on every one of her vertebrae. She also had tumors on her hips the size of a hand. Doctors said she was in the end stage of breast cancer. She lost her battle with cancer about six months later. She passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014. How many more of these children will die in prison before our world wakes up to why they are really there?!!!

Krissy was such a sweetheart with such a wonderful personality and attitude toward life in spite of all she had been through and forced to deal with at such a young age! What a tragic loss for us all – as all of these cases are! God bless her soul and give her the comfort now that she was never granted in this life!

Her family statement upon her release from prison:

“Words cannot express the amount of joy that we are feeling to be able to help Kristina with this last stage in her life. We understand that not everyone agrees with the Parole Board decision, however, we would like to thank those of you who did step forward in support of Kristina and our family. Without all of you who know and believe in her, we are not sure that the outcome would have been the same. Your overwhelming love and support has been greatly appreciated by all of us. Thank you for helping our Krissy.”


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

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


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


Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

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

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

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at or sign up for one of the memberships in the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan. For only a $30 membership for one month you can even get 30 days of access to the withdrawal CD with tips on rebuilding after the meds, all six of my DVDs, hundreds of radio interviews, lectures, TV interviews I have done over the years PLUS access to my book on antidepressants (500 plus pages) with more information than you will find anywhere else (that is only $5 more than the book alone would cost) at (Definitely the best option to save outrageous postage charges for those out of the country!)


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