Friday, April 27, 2007

Virginia Tech Wickedness of Man Great on Earth: News Briefs

Experts say psychiatric drugs linked to long list of school shooting sprees

WORLDNETDAILY - By Bob Unruh - April 23, 2007

Cho Seung-Hui's murderous rampage - during which he killed 32 students and faculty members at Virginia Tech - is prompting research into gun laws, resident aliens and graphically violent writings. Investigators also may want to check his medicine cabinet, because psychiatric drugs have been linked to hundreds of violent episodes, including most of the school shootings in the last two decades.

The New York Times has reported the killer was on a prescription medication, and authorities have said he was confined briefly several years ago for a mental episode. They also have confirmed that the "prescription drugs" found among his effects related to the treatment of psychological problems.

Dr. Peter Breggin, a prominent critic of psychiatric drugs and founder of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, said even if Cho wasn't taking psychiatric drugs the day of the shooting, "he might have been tipped over into violent madness weeks or months earlier by a drug like Prozac, Paxil, or Zoloft."

While media reports have focused on guns and gun laws, Cho's violent writings and autistic behavior at Virginia Tech and the delay in notifying students and faculty of the beginnings of the shootings, there are those who say the focus should be on his medical history. - - - -


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Genesis 6:5
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

2 Timothy 3:2-4
For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,...


Cho Shot His Victims More Than 100 Times
ASSOCIATED PRESS - By Kristen Gelineau - April 22, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech gunman Seung- Hui Cho fired enough shots to wound his 32 victims more than 100 times before killing himself with a bullet to his head, a medical examiner said Sunday.
Dr. William Massello, the assistant medical examiner based in Roanoke, said pathologists have sent blood samples for toxicology testing to determine if Cho was on drugs at the time of his rampage. It could take as long as two weeks to get the results of those tests, he said.
Cho was not especially accurate with his shots, Massello said, but hit many of the victims several times. His shots caused more than 100 wounds.
Many of the victims had defensive wounds, indicating they tried to shield themselves from Cho's fire, but there was no evidence in the autopsies that Cho struggled with any of the people he killed.
Cho died from a gunshot to his temple, Massello said. Even if his brain had been intact, doctors would not have been able to tell whether he had any sort of brain abnormality. Those are usually neurological or chemical disorders that are not detectable during an autopsy, he said. - - - -
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Cops fear murder fever
PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS - By David Gambacorta - April 24, 2007
THE PANIC BUTTONS have already been pushed. The alarm bells continue to sound.
Yet Philadelphia remains in the throes of a violent crisis that has surged since Friday, claiming the lives of 12 people and making this the deadliest four-day stretch of the year. With the homicide total at 128 - a 17 percent increase over last year's brutal pace - residents and police worry that the arrival of warm weather will trigger another spike in murders. - - - -
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Violence against guardians an 'alarming trend'
HOUSTON CHRONICLE - By Paige Hewitt - April 13, 2007
Many times the victims are bruised in a fight or shoved down stairs. Others are stabbed with scissors. Last November, one was beaten to death with a hammer.
And the suspects, in more than 1,800 cases documented in Harris County over a recent 2½-year period, were their children.
One longtime prosecutor in the juvenile courts said he was "floored by the numbers" after a survey found 1,831 young people had been charged with assaulting a parent or guardian. Another called it an "alarming, alarming trend."
Assistant District Attorney Bill Hawkins, chief of the division that prosecutes offenders age 10 to 16 in Harris County, said office chatter last year suggested there might be a sharp increase in the number of children attacking parents. Because those cases are not routinely tracked by the courts or police, his office inventoried juvenile cases filed between January 2003 and last June.
"Those are just the (felony and Class A misdemeanor assault) cases where charges were accepted," Hawkins said. "That does not include Class C misdemeanors. Plus, there is a much larger figure that is not reported."
"It's scary," added Kris Moore, a juvenile prosecutor in Harris County since 1980. " ... I don't know if it's media or television or violent games or what. You've got so many parents out there working their butts off trying to make ends meet, and it's harder for them to supervise their kids. If you get into a situation where parents aren't in control of their kids, they're going to get into trouble."
Moore said the violence against parents is escalating.
"It used to be that we never had an assault on a parent," she said. "Would you have pushed your mother down the stairs? Would you have stabbed your grandmother?" - - - -
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Bail set at $1 million for teen accused of baby murder
KSTP-TV5 SAINT PAUL, MN/ASSOCIATED PRESS - April 13, 2007
A 17-year-old stabbed her newborn baby 135 times and disposed of her body in a garbage can outside her home in Oakdale, authorities alleged Thursday.
Nicole Marie Beecroft was charged Thursday with first- degree murder. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. She was being held in a juvenile detention facility. Bail was set at $1 million on Friday afternoon. - - -
The Tartan High School senior told police she was in a "panic state" after giving birth to the girl on the floor of the laundry room in her home around 3 a.m. Monday, according to the criminal complaint filed in Washington County District Court. She told police she had seen the baby's finger move, and admitted stabbing the child, the complaint said.
An autopsy determined the infant had been born alive, but suffered numerous puncture wounds in the chest area and bled to death from 135 sharp-force injuries, the complaint said. - - - -
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India: Meerut man admits to 250 murders
INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE - March 30, 2007
Meerut (Uttar Pradesh): In a shocking confession, a man arrested on charges of murder has claimed to having killed about 250 people in the past four months, police said on Thursday, adding that the matter was being investigated.
The accused, identified as Salim, is a middle-aged taxi driver in this Uttar Pradesh district who, along with an accomplice, used to murder his passengers and pocket away all valuables, according to police.
"During the interrogation, Salim said that he had killed about 250 people in the past four months," Meerut Senior Superintendent of Police Dipesh Juneja said. - - -
Police were now trying to trail Salim's accomplice in the crime.
According to the police, Salim said in his interrogation that his victims included men, women and children. Investigations were on to find out more about his crimes.
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'Neighbors From Hell' to Get Supervised Housing in Britain
FOX NEWS/ASSOCIATED PRESS - April 11, 2007
It's not all tea and crumpets in some British communities, but there may be sweet revenge in store for those who are tired of their unruly neighbors.
Some of Britain's most socially incoherent families are in danger of being plucked from their homes and dropped into "managed properties" that will teach them the values of being good neighbors, according to government housing plans announced on Wednesday.
Think that's harsh? Try being evicted for excessive unruliness, vandalism or noise.
The "respect agenda," an effort introduced by Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2005, will set up 53 "managed properties" across the country. Their occupants will be identified as apathetic parents, rowdy ruffians and petty criminals. They will be allowed back into their communities if social workers from the Home Office determine they are fit to do so.
The Home Office said this week that the projects would be handling an estimated 1,000 families by the end of the year, of whom about 25 would be housed in the special units.They will be monitored by "supernannies" who will conduct daily patrols on families and offer parenting advice and support.
Blair's message is clear: If "neighbors from hell" don't shape up, they will have to ship out.
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