AGAIN 6 Dead & 21 Wounded in West Texas

I lived here for a while when I was young while serving a mission for my church. It was mainly Spanish speaking but we worked with many people there & I learned to love the good people in Odessa. Sadly over the years, I have lost contact with many of them so I pray tonight they are well & pray too for those who were victims of yet another senseless & totally preventable tragedy.
Please continue to share the massive database of the previous killing www.SSRIstories.NET so that people can see for themselves what the common denominator is in these tragedies. This is the only way they will ever end!!! The world must see the connection to these drugs!
And I will next send a post with information from #1 A retired Dallas Police Officer, #2 A full time firefighter & first responder & a pharmacist confirming these have little to do with guns but everything to do with serotonergic prescription drugs which have homicidal & suicidal ideation listed as side effects!!!

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!)


Patients vs. Bayer

BayerPatients vs. Bayer
Bayer Official Offers Defense in Texas Trial of Drug Suit

The New York Times

Melody Peterson of the New York Times reports that in the first case brought against Bayer involving its anticholesterol drug, Baycol, a senior official of Bayer AG testified in court in Corpus Cristi, Texas. He acknowledged that company officials in Germany proceeded with the marketing of Baycol despite the reluctance of US company officials to do so.

Patients vs. Bayer


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The New York Times

Melody Peterson of the New York Times reports that in the first case brought against Bayer involving its anticholesterol drug, Baycol, a senior official of Bayer AG testified in court in Corpus Cristi, Texas. He acknowledged that company officials in Germany proceeded with the marketing of Baycol despite the reluctance of US company officials to do so.

More than 30 people who took the drug died in the US of rhabdomyolysis (rhabdo) before it was withdrawn from the market in 2001.

Internal Bayer company documents reveal a corporate culture among its executives that puts sales above patient safety. The documents reveal that the company was „overwhelmed‰ by the avalanche of spontaneous adverse drug reports from doctors: “The steadily increasing numbers of spontaneous reports of rhabdomyolysis associated with Baycol, along with the additional telephone activity, has overwhelmed the available safety assurance resources.”

Bayer‚s vice president of scientific affairs wrote in an e-mail: „Many of the cases are ugly,” including reports of “dialysis, long hospitalization, disability and two potentially related deaths.”

However, the Times reports, even after numerous reports of rhabdo were mounting “there is not a real push to find out about statins and rhabdo.”

Of greater interest to Bayer officials were its sales. The Times reports that the minutes of a Bayer meeting indicate that Dr. Wolfgang Plischke, president of Bayer’s North American pharmaceutical division, “reiterated the need to drive future sales and his belief that we can achieve blockbuster status.”

Inexplicably The FDA obliged Bayer with its marketing strategy that increased fatalities by approving a higher dose formula of Baycol in July 2000: The Times reports that Bayer „executives said their goal with the higher dose was to capture 15 percent of the market. At that time, the minutes said, Baycol had 5 percent.‰

FDA did nothing to protect the public from a lethal drug until Bayer pulled Baycol off the market in 2001 after more than 30 deaths were linked to the drug.

ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION (AHRP) Contact: Vera Hassner Sharav 212-595-8974 e-mail:

A senior executive at Bayer testified in court yesterday that company officials in the United States recommended against selling the anticholesterol drug Baycol several years before it was introduced in 1997 because they thought its sales potential was limited.

But Baycol was introduced because officials in Germany, where Bayer is based, decided to push ahead when market conditions improved and the potential for profit looked promising for many years.

Sales of Baycol increased rapidly until Bayer pulled Baycol off the market in 2001 after more than 30 deaths were linked to the drug. The company has been dealing with the aftermath since.

The Bayer executive, Dr. Lawrence Posner, senior vice president for pharmaceutical development, was testifying in county court in Corpus Christi, Tex., in a case brought by a patient who contracted a muscle disorder called rhabdomyolysis after taking Baycol.

It is the first case involving Baycol to go to trial. More than 10,000 patients or the families of those who died after taking Baycol have filed lawsuits against Bayer.

Dr. Posner defended the company for several hours yesterday as lawyers for the plaintiff, Hollis Haltom, 82, introduced dozens of internal company documents into evidence.

He said Bayer had monitored reports of rhabdomyolysis, known as rhabdo, in patients taking Baycol and had properly informed doctors about the risks of the medicine as it learned of them.

But several memos from Bayer’s safety officials in 1999, made public earlier in the trial, describe how its staff was struggling to respond to an increasing number of reports of patients who had become ill with rhabdo while taking Baycol.

In a memo written on Dec. 30, 1999, and addressed to Dr. Posner, safety officials said they had received reports of 60 cases of rhabdo in the United States in the previous two months. Doctors and others observing people becoming ill or dying while taking a medicine voluntarily file the reports in question, known as adverse event reports, with regulators and the drug’s manufacturer.

“The steadily increasing numbers of spontaneous reports of rhabdomyolysis associated with Baycol, along with the additional telephone activity, has overwhelmed the available safety assurance resources,” the officials, who were not individually identified, wrote.

Philip S. Beck, an outside lawyer for Bayer, said in an interview yesterday that he disagreed that safety officials were ever overwhelmed. “The company provided all the manpower that was needed,” he said.

One document that lawyers for the plaintiff have mentioned at least twice is an agenda for a meeting of Bayer’s scientific relations department staff in January 2000. It is covered with handwritten notes, some describing Bayer’s willingness to study reports of rhabdo before introducing a new higher dose of the drug, which is an anticholesterol medicine known as a statin.

The notes on the agenda say that because Bayer had described the risk of rhabdo in Baycol’s label, “there is not a real push to find out about statins and rhabdo.”

The note – by a person not yet identified in court – also says that a safety database has been developed. “Some are scared to uncover such data (bad data) because of the launch of 0.8 mg,” it says about the higher dose. “If F.D.A. asks for bad news, we have to give, but if we don’t have it, then we can’t give it to them.”

Bayer did undertake an internal analysis of the reports of rhabdo cases around that time. In March 2000, Steve Niemcryk, an epidemiologist at Bayer, and Paul Cislo, a database analyst, reviewed the reports of rhabdo that regulators received through June 1999. They said Baycol “substantially elevates” the risk of rhabdo, compared with similar drugs on the market.

But the analysts also said the magnitude of the problem could not be determined with the available data. The report said the company was talking to health insurers and other organizations with large numbers of patients taking Baycol about doing a better analysis.

Mr. Beck said the study was not scientific. The adverse event reports, he said, say only that a drug may be associated with the side effect, not that it actually caused it.

About that time, Dr. Richard Goodstein, vice president for scientific relations at Bayer, wrote an e-mail message to two dozen Bayer executives working on Baycol in the United States. He said that “alleged cases” of rhabdo caused by Baycol were coming into his office at a rate of about one a day.

„Many of the cases are ugly,” he wrote, including reports of “dialysis, long hospitalization, disability and two potentially related deaths.”

Dr. Goodstein continued, “To me, it has never been an issue of, should-if-will we need to respond, but rather to whom, how, what?”

“It will be too long a time until the potentially helpful results of new epidemiologic/scientific studies envisioned by Bayer World-Wide are completed,” he wrote.

In videotaped testimony played for the Corpus Christi jury, Dr. Goodstein said he recalled being worried about the rising reports and said he had discussed with his boss and other Bayer executives whether the analysis by Mr. Niemcryk and Mr. Cislo should be disclosed to doctors. “We decided that it was not substantive data,” Dr. Goodstein said. “We can’t have anybody making decisions based on unreliable data.”

The documents also indicate that Bayer executives decided to limit the spread of studies with unfavorable findings on Baycol’s effectiveness.

For example, at a July 1997 meeting of Bayer’s Baycol publications committee, executives discussed a study comparing cerivastatin, the chemical name for Baycol, to simvastatin, a competing drug. “The U.S. did not want to publish this data, since simvastatin did better than cerivastatin” and included doses that were lower than those in another study, the minutes said.

Bayer has been largely silent about how important the higher dose of Baycol was to the company. But company documents indicate that Bayer was counting on the stronger pill to increase sales.

According to minutes of a meeting of the U.S. Baycol Project team in July 2000, just before the Food and Drug Administration approved the higher dose of the drug, executives said their goal with the higher dose was to capture 15 percent of the market. At that time, the minutes said, Baycol had 5 percent.

The minutes also say that Dr. Wolfgang Plischke, president of Bayer’s North American pharmaceutical division, attended the meeting and “reiterated the need to drive future sales and his belief that we can achieve blockbuster status.”

Pharmaceutical companies often refer to a blockbuster drug as one that reaches sales of $1 billion a year.

When Bayer pulled the drug from the market in August 2001, the F.D.A. said some of the 31 deaths reported had been linked to the stronger pill. Mr. Beck has said that Bayer knew that side effects increased with the higher dose, but that the company began selling it to help people with severe heart problems who needed a stronger medicine.

Another document that lawyers for the plaintiffs have raised repeatedly was created after Baycol was pulled from the market in August 2001. The document is a slide that was presented to top Bayer executives at a global planning meeting in December 2001 that says, “DIG; THROW (The Corpse); COVER (With sand).”

Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the document is one of many supporting their allegation that Bayer covered up information about the serious risks of Baycol.

But Mr. Beck told the jury that the document – one slide in a set presented to top global Bayer executives – should be disregarded. It refers, he said, to a plan by people at the company who wanted Baycol put back on the market. The author of the slide wished to make the point that putting Baycol back on the market was a bad idea that should be buried, Mr. Beck told the jury.

Copyright 2002 The New York Times Company

09/21/1999 – Prozac Found at Wedgwood Baptist Killer’s House

This just released today.

Prozac found at Wedgwood Baptist killer’s house
By Kathy Sanders
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

FORT WORTH — A doctor had prescribed the anti- depressant drug Prozac
for Larry Gene Ashbrook, but investigators are unsure whether he had
been taking it when he killed seven people and then himself in a
southwest Fort Worth church last week, police said yesterday.


By Kathy Sanders,  Star-Telegram Staff Writer

Updated: Tuesday, Sep. 21, 1999 at 08:16 CDT

FORT WORTH — A doctor had prescribed the anti-depressant drug Prozac for Larry Gene Ashbrookbut investigators are unsure whether he had been taking it when he killed seven people and then himself in a southwest Fort Worth church last week, police said yesterday.

Fort Worth police Lt. Mark Krey, who is heading the investigation into the largest mass shooting in the city’s history, said police found a Prozac vial with Ashbrook’s name and want to ask doctors why it was prescribed.

Krey said Ashbrook, 47, may have slipped into insanity after his 85-year-old father died in July.

“The level of paranoia within his life had advanced to an extreme stage,”  Krey said. “We’re investigating the possibility that with the death of his father, Mr. Ashbrook stopped taking medication. We believe when he lost his  father, who was his anchor to reality and his caretaker to ensure he took  his medication, he lost any connection to reality.”

Also yesterday, police said a homemade pipe bomb exploded in Wedgwood Baptist Church with enough force that it sent a piece of shrapnel hurtling the sanctuary.

But rather than blasting out into a sanctuary where more than 150 worshippers were taking part in a youth service, most of the shrapnel shot toward the ceiling and then rained down. No one was seriously injured by the shrapnel.

“We are very blessed in the manner in which it detonated … or it would have caused serious bodily injury,” Krey said.

Prozac is commonly used to treat various forms of clinical depression, including depression in children, as well as bulimia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Dr. Peter Kowlaski, a psychiatrist in private practice in Fort Worth and former medical director for Mental Health- Mental Retardation Services of Tarrant County, said the medical community generally views Prozac as a good anti- depressant that does not contribute to, or prevent, violent behavior.

“The person who is ill will sometimes act out violently, but most people with psychiatric illnesses are not likely to act violently,” he said. “Those who do most often do evil independent of their psychiatric conditions.”

Police found the Prozac bottle in Ashbrook’s Forest Hill home. FBI officials said they also found nine vials of prescription drugs for Jack Ashbrook, who died after a battle with cancer, as well as a diary in which the father documented his medication, said spokeswoman Marjorie Poch.

“The writing changed in the last couple of weeks of the diary. It’s only speculation, but he [Larry Ashbrook] may have started taking his father’s medication,” she said. “Either that or he started recording when his father took the pills for him.”

On Wednesday night, Ashbrook walked into the Wedgwood church, where a youth  rally was under way, and began shooting people, police said.

Killed were Kristi Beckel, 14; Shawn Brown, 23; Susan Kimberly Jones, 23;  Cassandra Griffin, 14; Joseph “Joey” Ennis, 14; Sydney Browning, 36; and  Justin Ray, 17. Seven others were injured.

The final three victims were laid to rest yesterday, but Ashbrook’s body remained unclaimed at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Aaron Ashbrook, his brother, said the family is completing funeral arrangements, but declined to comment further.

“I think there probably has been more said than there needs to be, and a lot  of it’s untrue,” he said.

He declined to elaborate.

“It wouldn’t make any difference,” he said. “I think the damage has already been done.”

Investigators sorted information yesterday from nearly 70 depositions taken from people the night of the shooting, reinterviewed the wounded and tried to trace Ashbrook’s final, fatal steps.

“Investigators are going through a number of depositions to determine the  exact sequence of events,” said homicide Sgt. Dave Loftis. “We want to know, first of all, specifically what happened and how everything went down that day.”

But the answer to the most- asked questions — what set Ashbrook off and why did he choose Wedgwood — may never come.

“I don’t have any motive right now,” Loftis said. “I don’t know if we’ll ever have an answer to those questions. If we can, we certainly will get them. It’s like any of those senseless acts of violence — there aren’t any answers. And can any motive explain it and make sense of it?”

In his writings, Larry Ashbrook details a vast, unspecified conspiracy against him by law enforcement agencies and others. His brother described him to Wise County sheriff’s deputies as a paranoid schizophrenic.  But the  state mental health system said last week that it had no record of any contact with Ashbrook.

Krey said Ashbrook apparently was such a loner that few people have been found to help explain his activities.

“I believe we won’t find anybody because there is nobody to find. And that is consistent with the mental illness he appeared to be afflicted with,” he said.

Inside the church, Ashbrook fired all six rounds from a .380- caliber semiautomatic handgun, and then fired up to 50 more shots from a Ruger 9 mm semiautomatic pistol, officials said.

Six of the seven people who died were killed by gunshot wounds in the head, autopsy reports show. The seventh was shot in the back.

Ashbrook shot himself with the Ruger, police said. He was apparently alive in a back pew when paramedics rushed into the sanctuary, but was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

Justin Ray and a woman videotaped Ashbrook’s rampage, police said.  Officials in Forest Hill said Ashbrook may also have made a futile effort to contaminate the city’s water system.

“He put concrete in the commodes and, working for the city, I wanted to make sure he didn’t do something else,” Public Works Director Michael Duehring

“I wanted to make sure he did not contaminate our water system. I can’t go any further than that and tell you what he did, but he didn’t do any damage.”

FBI officials inspected plumbing in Ashbrook’s home Thursday but did not consider the threat serious, Poch said.

“The agent said it looked like he was just trying to mess up the inside of the house,” she said. “The agent who was out there said he had ripped off the shower head and neck and put one of those paper cones and a quart of motor oil to back down into the pipes. He said it was stuck in there still.”

Staff writers Bob Mahlburg and Carolyn Poirot contributed to this report.