Mental Illness, Texas Mom, Gun Advocate, Kills Two Daughters, Shot By Police

Christy Sheats

Christy Sheats

Late Friday afternoon on Jason Sheats birthday, his wife Christy Sheats (42), shot and killed their two daughters, Taylor Sheats (22), and Madison Sheats (17). As their mother began shooting in the house Madison and Taylor were forced to fire back in order to defend themselves. As police arrived Christy pointed her gun at officers and was shot and killed. Jason Sheats was able to get out fast enough to avoid being harmed.

As you can see from the pictures of Christy what has become known as the “Prozac Eyes” are prominent in all photos. She has been reported as having a “mental illness.” Of course if you have followed my work to understand antidepressant-induced psychosis and violence you know that I would attribute both her “mental illness” and her violence to the use of serotonergic medications (antidepressants, atypical antipsychotics, etc.). These drugs  have saturated our society over the past three decades now where we have learned to accept school shootings, mass shootings, mothers killing their children, as “normal” and every third person on the planet as Bipolar while the drugs are rarely singled out as the cause even though their package inserts admit it!

‘The Texas woman who killed her two daughters on Friday, before being shot and killed by police herself, allegedly had a history of mental illness, officials say. And she had posted multiple times on social media about her support of firearms.

“The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office had been to Christy Sheats’ home “for previous altercations” involving Sheats’ “mental crisis,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Caitilin Espinosa tells PEOPLE.

“She declined to provide more detail about those incidents.’

News Reports:

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Taylor, Christy, and Madison Sheats

My Reply to the  “Of Course It Couldn’t Be the Guns, Could It?” Comment

Yes you are correct because if the gun was not available Christy could have walked to the kitchen to obtain the same type of weapon young McCann Utu II, used in Plano in April to stab to death his younger brother and his mother before calling 911 to report it as he then stabbed himself to death.

Or she could have used a pillow to smother them in their sleep as the famed pianist Vadym Kholodenko’s  estranged wife, Sofya Tsygankova, has been charged with doing in March in the Ft Worth area to take the lives of their two small daughters before attempting to stab herself to death with a kitchen knife.

The connection in all these cases has little to do with “mental illness” but everything to do with the drugs handed out like candy for any symptom one could think of – antidepressants. McCann on Prozac only three months, in spite of the fact he had two serious head injuries which should have made the drug contraindicated in my opinion. And Sofia on Zoloft, with Seroquel added just the day before the double murder/suicide attempt. We only await to hear which of these drugs Christy Shears had been taking before taking the lives of the two most precious people in her life as McCann and Sofia have done.

Why we continue to allow this group of drugs, now with warnings of both homicidal and suicidal compulsive thoughts and actions for over a decade, to remain on the market is beyond me! And we call them “medications”?!! How many more must die before we wake up and say “Enough FDA! Do what should have been done long before all these precious lives were destroyed! ‘Safe and effective’ is NOT a label we will accept on drugs known to produce homicide, suicide and psychosis!”?

Deadly Drugs – www.SSRIstories.NET

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



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

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

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




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. Feel free to join us on Facebook to learn more about this disorder on our Antidepressant-induced REM Sleep Disorder group:

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 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) (Definitely the best option to save outrageous postage charges for those out of the country!)


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SC Family of Four Dead in Murder/Suicide

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Sheddrick Byron Miller, 38, Kia, 28, Kyler 3 and Syrai, 1

The father shot all of them this past week and everyone who knew them is looking for the anser as to why someone would do something so completely out of character. Each family member died from a gunshot to the head, Watts said. Once again when this is so out of character we have to ask if antidepressants were involved. Hopefully we will have those answers quickly in this case but the answer rarely comes quickly or easily. We do know the markers are there because it generally takes a brain tumor or a chemical to change behavior that drastically.

Original Article:

Friends struggling with why religious Irmo man would kill his family, himself

BY NOELLE PHILLIPS January 16, 2014

A photo shows a smiling family wearing their Sunday best while standing on the front porch of a recently bought home.

The happiness in that Facebook picture – and dozens of others posted on the social media site – is how friends and acquaintances knew the Miller family.

And people who talked Thursday about that family said they don’t understand what would have led the father, 38-year-old Sheddrick Byron Miller, to shoot and kill his wife and two children before turning a gun on himself.

“I’m sick to my stomach,” said Tammy Doctor, who owns a beauty salon next to a barber shop that Miller owned. “He never showed one sign. I can’t see it.”

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released a short report Thursday identifying Miller, his wife, 28-year-old Kia Von Miller, and their children, Kyler, 3, and Syrai, 1. Each family member died from a gunshot to the head, Watts said.

It appeared that Sheddrick Miller shot his children and wife before turning the gun on himself, the coroner said. However, the exact time and the circumstances surrounding the shootings remain under investigation, he said.

Two cars were parked Thursday evening outside the family’s white, two-story home in the Riverwalk subdivision off Broad River Road. Two teddy bears and a splash of white flowers had been placed in the front yard.

Richland County sheriff’s investigators said they were called to the home around 10:30 a.m., Wednesday by Sheddrick Miller’s mother. She had gone to the house after she did not hear from her son for several days, according to earlier sheriff’s department reports.

Investigators found the children in their own bedrooms and the adults were found together in another room. A handgun was near the father, the sheriff’s reports stated.

The family appeared to have spent much of their time in the Broad River Road area as their home, business and church were off the major thoroughfare that runs from north Columbia to Irmo.

They attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, where they were known by pretty much everyone in the congregation, said Gary Malcome, a minister. A neighbor said the couple hosted Bible studies at their home.

Church members were struggling to accept the news, and Malcome said they hoped to release a statement soon.

“As you can imagine the situation is just terrible, and we don’t know what to say at this time,” Malcome said as he put his hand on his forehead. “What do you say in a case like this?”

Malcome said he was just trying to take care of his congregation.

Sheddrick Miller owned Kyler’s Barber Shop, a storefront tucked into a pocket of small businesses on Seminole Road, off Broad River Road. The shop was named after his son. Miller also had created a line of fragrances that he had named “Syrai” after his daughter and sold them in the shop.

Miller had owned the barber shop for several years, Doctor said. They visited each other’s shops often to talk or to make change if one of them needed smaller bills, she said.

The shop had a barber’s chair shaped like a race car for children, and the Millers’ son would sit in it when he came to work with his father, she said. Doctor also described Miller as a “genius with the clippers,” saying he could cut any design into a person’s close-cropped hair.

Kia Miller was a stay-at-home mom, Doctor said. The couple each had ties to New York, she said.

“He was a religious man,” she said. “He loved his kids. Beautiful wife.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas, but the Miller family had gone to Walt Disney World in Orlando over the holidays, Doctor said. Sheddrick Miller was expected to re-open his shop on Monday but did not, she said.

“His clients started coming over here,” Doctor said. “They had been calling and calling and calling.”

As far as Doctor could tell, the Millers were a happy, loving family. There were no outward signs of problems, she said. She said she has no idea why Sheddrick Miller would have shot his family and himself.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott declined to offer further details about what might have caused Sheddrick Miller to do what he did.

“It’s a tragic situation,” he said.

In 2013, domestic violence led to an increase in homicides in the county, Lott said. He lamented that 2014 has started with four homicides caused by domestic violence.

“What bothers us is how do we prevent this from happening,” he said.

Reporter Cassie Cope contributed.

Read more here:


Coroner identifies family as the victims in Riverwalk murder-suicide

Posted: Jan 15, 2014 7:55 PM PST
Updated: Jan 26, 2014 12:18 PM PST

The Richland County Coroner’s Office has released the identities of the four people killed in a murder-suicide on Forest Walk Court in Irmo.

Coroner Gary Watts says 38-year-old Sheddrick Miller, 28-year-old Kia Von Miller, 3-year-old Kyler Devane Miller, and 1-year-old Syrai Raquel Miller all died from gunshot wounds to the head.

“It appears that Mr. Miller shot his family members and then turned the gun on himself making this a murder-suicide,” said Watts.

Watts says it is currently unknown when exactly the incident took place.

Deputies received a call about the incident at Forest Walk Court before noon Wednesday. Wilson said the male victim’s mother came to the home and found the scene after not hearing from her son for several days.

Neighbors tell us the Millers were Jehovah’s Witnesses and very involved in their religion. Sheddrick, a barber, was a small business owner.

On Thursday, crime scene tape at the Forest Walk Court home was replaced by a memorial to Kyler and Syrai — two teddy bears on the front lawn and flowers.

The sign on the door at Miller’s barbershop has said closed for several days, with customers saying they haven’t seen Miller since last week. They’re shocked that something like this could happen to what seemed to be a tight-knit family.

“Everybody’s in awe, everybody’s shocked, because he catered to a lot of people in the community,” said customer Christopher O’Berry. “A lot of people around here went in there and got their hair cut, came and visited with him. He was a genuine character.”

O’Berry says this incident is not in line with who Miller was — a clean-cut guy always in suits.

“He was always talking about his religious beliefs and he seemed to be a well-rounded individual,” said O’Berry.

Customers in the shop said Miller had talked about the family’s recent trip to Disney World. They also said Kyler was always in the barbershop with his father.

“All of us are waiting to hear what led to this,” said O’Berry.

Sheriff’s investigators continue to look into the circumstances leading up to the Miller’s deaths. The coroner’s office, meanwhile, says they’re still waiting on several toxicology reports.

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