Archive for Hostage taking

Detroit police sniper shoots barricaded gunman who terrorized hostage — (Detroit Free Press)
SSRI Ed note: Man on medication for "bipolar" stops taking it, experiences mania in withdrawal, takes girlfriend hostage, killed by police after 9 hr standoff.
Gunman killed, woman hostage freed unharmed after standoff in Detroit — (The Detroit News)
SSRI Ed note: Man diagnosed with bipolar stops taking his medication, takes his girlfriend hostage, has standoff with police, is shot and killed.
Man accused of killing deputy, 2 others takes plea deal — (mybrc tv)
SSRI Ed note: Man on or in withdrawal from, neuroleptics, antidepressants shoots and kills 3 people including Deputy, at random. Gets life in prison.
Lindt Cafe siege inquest findings: ‘the deaths were not the fault of police’ — (
SSRI Ed note: Man fed Prozac, zolpidem, Zoloft, risperidone becomes paranoid, “vicious maniac", accomplice to ex's murder, later stages hostage incident, is 1 of 3 killed.
The silence of Abdelhakim Dekhar, unstable personality and mythomaniac — (Le Monde)
SSRI Ed note: Paranoid man on anti-anxiety meds has grandiose ideas about being persecuted, shoots and kills 5, shoots at photographer, kidnaps motorist.
Report sheds new details in Rodrick Dantzler’s murder spree that killed 7, note he left to his mother — (Grand Rapids Press)
SSRI Ed note: Man who tried to get help for depression but medication "didn't work" goes on rampage, killing 7, finally dies shooting self in head.
Army vet with PTSD sought the treatment he needed by taking hostages – but got jail instead — (Stars and Stripes)
Former charter school teacher sent to prison for raping student — (The Buffalo News)
SSRI Ed note: Teacher on has sex with 8th grade student, holds him hostage, tries to carry out a suicide pact, is charged with statutory rape, gets 4 years.
Four years for man who ‘went mad’ at party—(Herald Express)
SSRI Ed note: Man taking Prozac drinks, becomes abusive, assaults several people at a party, gets four years.
Woodland man in custody after brief standoff with police — (
SSRI Ed note: Man suffering antidepressant withdrawal holds woman and girl at gunpoint, stand-ff with police, finally surrenders.
Jerry Moore: Good people doing horrible things beyond understanding — (The Gurdon Times)
SSRI Ed note: Loving family man and a good neighbor takes antidepressants, attacks police, engages in standoff then kills himself. Nobody can believe it.
Hostage-taker troubled, his family says — (Chicago Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Loving father, good man takes antidepressants, takes hostages at a bank, dies by suicide. These acts totally out of character.
Ex-FBI Official Gets Six Years. 19-Year Veteran Tortured Girlfriend — (The Washington Post)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Celexa, Klonopin stops taking meds, drinks, thinks girlfriend unfaithful, traps, tortures her. Out of character behaviour. Gets 6 years.
Motions delay nail-gun trial — (The Western Nevada County Union)
SSRI Ed note: Man withdrawing from Paxil takes former wife and daughter hostage, kills ex with nail gun, attempts suicide, uses "unconsciousness" defence at trial.
Man Accused of Making Bomb Threats to Remain in Jail — (
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants makes threats, is detained for being a danger to others, deemed mentally ill.
Hostage-taker was on antidepressants, alcohol — (The Herald and News)
SSRI Ed note: Young man on antidepressants drinks, becomes threatening, takes baby hostage, is shot and killed by police. No motive.
Competency hearing begins for Dickerson — (Walworth GazetteXtra)
SSRI Ed note: Man on medication for anxiety takes a County Deputy hostage, behaves recklessly and irrationally, in court his sanity is debated.
Officer faces jail for taking three hostages at gunpoint — (The Canadian Press)
SSRI Ed note: Policeman in Paxil withdrawal takes hostages at gunpoint, makes threats, is charged and convicted.
Forum to ponder school gun incidents — (News and observer)
SSRI Ed note: Teen, 17, stops taking antidepressant and neuroleptic meds, takes shotgun to school and holds a teacher and a student hostage.
Condo manager held hostage for four hours — (ZWire)
Sheriff: Death was plan; Gunman’s letter to brother offers clues to shootings — (Rocky Mountain News)
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants plots shooting of two girls at school, carries out plan and kills himself.
French Hostage Drama Ends — (The Oregonian)
SSRI Ed note: Depressed teacher on medication takes 21 students and two aides hostage,
Father got help, but woes lingered — (
SSRI Ed note: Wellbutrin turns depressed man violent and delirious, he charges officer, is shot and killed by police.
Friends describe man accused in freeway standoff as a family man, school volunteer — (The Sun-Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Man on diet pills and antidepressants "goes crazy" tries to abduct a woman, high-speed chase, points a gun. Nobody believes he would do these things.
Trouble led man to kill, friend says — (
SSRI Ed note: Man in withdrawal commits murder-suicide
Ramona man pleads guilty in post office standoff — (San Diego Union-Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Prosecutors refuse to accept that Prozac is responsible for man's strange behaviour, including a hostage-taking incident. He goes to prison.
Man Dressed as Santa Robs Banks — (
SSRI Ed note: Man pleads guilty to robbery committed under Paxil influence.
Jones, child fighting for lives — (Roswell Daily Record)
SSRI Ed note: Man, 27, on antidepressants takes 5-yr-old girl hostage, shoots her and two others in the head, then kills himself. No motive, no illegal drug use.
Duke witnesses tell of fear that gripped them in confrontation — (The News & Observer)
Letters: Hundreds of heroes: Thanks to reporter/Psychiatric abuse/Very relevant/Put 2 and 2 together/Failed science/A common link — (Ventura County Star)
SSRI Ed note: Teen, 17 on Paxil and Prozac takes students hostage at high school and is shot and killed by police.
Hostage told police of danger — (The Westchester County Journal News)
Family explores a son’s dilemma — (St. Petersburg Times)
LEAD: Life term demanded for man who hijacked ANA plane in 1999 — (Asia News)
Prozac Defence Didn’t Prevent conviction of 10-year-old for Assault, Kidnapping — (Boca Raton News)
SSRI Ed note: Boy hates school, put on Prozac, engages in stand-off with Truant officer, uses 3-yr-old as human shield, multiple charges, faces detention centre til age 21.
He was the loneliest kid I’d ever met — (Tumblr)
SSRI Ed note: Teen 14, taking Ritalin, possibly another med for depression brings gun to school, shoots 3 students (2 die) and teacher.
NH Suspect Shot, Killed In Robbery At PA Motel — (New Hampshire Union Leader)
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants engages in numerous crimes, is killed by police while robbing a store, sexually assaulting a clerk.
Mental exam ordered in siege — (San Antonio Express)
SSRI Ed note: Man taking antidepressants has manic episode, 3 1/2 hr standoff ensures, he threatens his supervisor's life, finally surrenders.
Pool Cleaner Frees 2 As Armed Siege Ends — (The Miami Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Business owner on Prozac has bizarre overreaction to senior employee quitting, takes hostages, holes up with guns, shoots at rivals, standoff with police.