Archive for Arson

New details emerge after ‘evil’ West Virginia mum Oreanna Myers kills five children — (7 News)
SSRI Ed note: Openly suicidal woman "battling depression" kills 5 kids, sets house on fire, kills herself while partner away. No real motive, witchcraft mentioned.
Berkshire DA releases documents revealing possible motive in grisly murder-suicide — (The Berkshire Edge)
SSRI Ed note: Man treated at psychiatric facility, wife believes his opioid addiction a side effect of other medication, drinks, kills wife, three kids, then himself.
Suspect in violent standoff previously threatened to leave wife ‘black and blue,’ records show — (San Antonio Express-News)
Man gets 3 years in prison for assault, EH apartment arson — (The Journal Inquirer)
SSRI Ed note: Man being "treated" for depression, bi-polar, PTSD assaults hospital worker, sets apartment on fire, gets 3 yr jail term even though mental illness blamed.
Tulsa Police: Woman Tries To Kill Her 2 Kids, Calls Them Cannibals — (News9 Oklahoma)
SSRI Ed note: Woman in withdrawal from antidepressant decides her children are cannibals, tries to burn them to death in their apartment. They are rescued, she is charged.
Accused Richard Bain testifies about ‘big depression’ – Montreal — (Eastern Ontario Network Television)
Accountant who fled to Appalachian Trail pleads guilty to wire fraud in Ohio embezzling case — (Access
SSRI Ed note: Man embezzles millions, disappears.
Southampton mother pleads guilty to killing son, 5, in car blaze, court hears — (Hampshire Chronicle)
SSRI Ed note: Mom on Zoloft acts bizarre, goes missing, attempts murder-suicide by burning her 5-yr-old son and herself in a car. Survives, pleads guilty, committed.
Coroner’s probe: Why did Dunedin father Edward Livingstone kill his children? — (OTAGO DAILY TIMES)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Celexa, Lexapro & sleep aid has strange dreams, assaults wife, is psychotic, knows meds are cause, stops them, kills family and self. Meds not blamed.
Police: Arson suspect upset he had to move out — (The Columbian)
'I want my chips!' Furious mother who set FIRE to kebab shop because it closed before she could get her late-night takeaway is jailed for two years—(Daily Mail)
Sub arsonist wanted to leave work early — (Portland Press Herald)
Cops decided to press attempted arson charges — (
Police charge fire victim Kenji Suda’s wife Sakura with murder — (
SSRI Ed note: Woman on Pristiq for 2 weeks murders her husband, attempts suicide, by setting a fire. He burns to death, she escapes.
Report blames ‘complacency’ in Minkler shootout deaths — (Fresno Bee)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Vicodin, Prozac, Valium and Temazepam shoots and kills two deputies and himself.
Arson suspect's son says mom needs mental help — (KTRE)
Midwest City teen who hacked grandparents to death pleads guilty to murder, arson — (NewsOK)
SSRI Ed note: Teen on antidepressants has medication adjusted due to aggression, hacks grandparents to death with machete, kills dog and sets house on fire. Gets life.
Gippsland man sent for trial — (The Age)
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants faces 190 charges related to setting brushfires including 10 counts of arson causing death.
Man endangered others by lighting fire in block of flats—(Worcester News)
Spurned wife burned down family home so ex-husband would get nothing from divorce—(Daily Mail)
Prosecutors: Money was motive in murder plot—(
Woman jailed after starting fire at parents’ home—(This is Wiltshire today)
Woman jailed after starting fire at parents' home—(This is Wiltshire today)
Deputies Had Encountered Suspect Prior to Bomb Scare—(
SSRI Ed note: Man on Effexor, Klonopin and Trileptal, drugged since a teen, has serious mood problems, fixation with bombs and lack of coping ability.
Arsonist blinded — (Bendigo Advertiser)
SSRI Ed note: Successful, respected executive takes antidepressants and other meds, starts a downward spiral in his life, sets fires, convicted.
Woman set fire to home — (Salisbury Journal)
Coatesville man charged in fire death — (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
SSRI Ed note: Man taking antidepressants is suicidal, hallucinates, sets a fire that kills an 83-yr-old woman.
Suspect says she fled scene without calling for firefighters’ help — (The Desert Sun)
SSRI Ed note: Woman who fails to take her bipolar meds starts a fire, fails to notify fire department, causes huge damage and endangers neighbours.
Arsonist given extended jail term to protect public — (The Redditch Standard)
SSRI Ed note: Woman taking antidepressants commits offences, explicitly linked to missing her medication or drinking alcohol.
Husband wanted to end it all, court told — (The Sydney Morning Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Elderly man thinks there is something wrong with his antidepressant medication, becomes suicidal, attempts to murder his wife and die himself.
Jilted lover jailed for knife attack — (The Swindon Advertiser)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on antidepressants drinks, sets house of ex-husband's girlfriend on fire, attacks her with knife, gets 4.5 years in priso, has little memory of events.
Community in shock over OPP injuries — (Cornwall Standard-Freeholder)
Judge: Paramount man was sane when he killed wife, son in 2005 — (The Lompoc Record)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Zoloft becomes paranoid, murders wife and son, tries to get court to accept that drug was responsible, no success.
Depressed arsonist mum avoids jail — (The Age)
SSRI Ed note: Woman's high dose antidepressants make her "agitated and suicidal", she announces, carries out plan to set house on fire. Son gets her out. Depression blamed.
Man agrees to plea in children’s deaths, Avoids Possible Death Sentence — (The Charlotte Observer)
SSRI Ed note: Man stops taking antidepressants, becomes psychotic, kills his son and daughter, burns house, pleads guilty to avoid the death penalty.
Grudge led to two arsons, man says — (The Post-Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants seeks revenge on neighbour, drinks, sets wrong car on fire.
City/Region News — (The Register-Guard)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on antidepressants drinks, her behavior spirals out of control, she burns down her neighbour's home, is charged.
Ohio Woman Who Set Neighbors’ Homes on Fire Sentenced to 4 Years — (Insurance Journal)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on Prozac who sets 13 fires claiming she did it because neighbours were playing loud music is jailed for 4 years,
Arsonist ‘stood like a god’ in ruins of house — (Herald News)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Prozac is suicidal, gets drunk and tries to kill himself by blowing up his apartment, endangering others. He is jailed for 27 months.
Suspect in fatal fire is mentally ill, mom says — (St Louis Post-Dispatch)
SSRI Ed note: Man, 27, with criminal record withdrawing from Prozac, other antidepressants (stopped because of side effects), sets a house on fire killing 5 children.
Injured in Iraq, a Soldier Is Shattered at Home — (New York Times)
SSRI Ed note: Young private returns from Iraq permanently injured and blind, gets antidepressants and is aggressive, hostile and suicidal.
Police: Fatal fire set by suicidal family member — (WHAS 11)
SSRI Ed note: Woman prescribed Prozac and amphetamine, takes more than normal, sets fire that kills her mother, daughter, grandson and self.
Lake fatal fire ruled arson, suicide — (The Canton Repository)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on heavy dose of medication for depression dies by setting fire to her home.
Psychologists counter defense argument that accused arsonist was insane — (The Palm Beach Post)
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants sets fire to churches based on bizarre beliefs, is charged, lawyers debate whether he is insane. Court decides he is responsible.
Summit Hill woman says she set fire in murder-suicide attempt — (The Morning Call)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on antidepressants plans murder-suicide of herself and her kids by burning their home, but plan fails. She is charged, faces up to 20 years in prison,
Summit Hill fire set to kill children, police say — (The Morning Call)
SSRI Ed note: Young mom on Lexapro plans murder-suicide of self and 2 kids, gives them all medication then sets the house on fire. All escape, she is charged.
‘He just lost it … He is overwhelmed. He is really emotional, he can’t really talk’ — (New York Daily News)
SSRI Ed note: Man in withdrawal from Prozac goes on crime spree, attempts suicide, caught, pleads NCR.
Death penalty sought in kidnapping, murder of tool salesman — (The News Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Prozac robs and watches friend murder truck driver knowing this was a problem but not bothering to stop it.
Judge denies bond request — (Macomb Journal)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on Paxil served divorce papers, sets house belonging to estranged husband on fire with 6-yr-old boy inside.
Authorities say man acted alone in arson at McDonald’s in Sisters – The arrest of a student described as a gentle soul and a talented musician stuns the town of 1,500 — (The Oregonian)
SSRI Ed note: Young man on antidepressants sets a fire, causing major damage, for no apparent reason, nobody believes that he could be responsible.