A Family Decimated: Officials Look For Answers In East Hartford Murder-suicide — (Hartford Courant)

SSRI Ed note: Woman on Prozac stabs husband to death, stabs her daughter, then sets a fire that kills her and 2 of her 4 children.

The article below is described in Dr. Ann Blake Tracy’s Statement to the FDA, September 13, 2004, as Prozac-induced, a fact which does not appear in the news articles (see statement):

Connecticut witnessed the Prozac-induced case of Kelly Silk several years ago. This young mother attacked her family with a knife, then set the house on fire killing all but her 8 year old daughter who ran to the neighbors. As she stood bleeding and screaming for help she explained, “Help! My mommy is having a nightmare!”

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Hartford Courant

June 11, 1999

By CHRISTINE DEMPSEY; Courant Staff Writer Courant Staff Writers Lisa Goldberg, Van Alden Ferguson, Lee Foster and Mark Spencer contributed to this story.

EAST HARTFORD — Friends say Kelly Silk had a history of mental illness, and police are looking into whether she was suffering from postpartum depression when she killed her husband, two of her four children and herself early Thursday morning.
The question today is: Did her depression push Kelly Silk over the edge?

What happened inside the bedroom at 38 Passaro Drive early Thursday that caused her to stab her husband, Charles C. Silk, with a kitchen knife?

After killing her husband, Kelly Silk, 31, descended upon her 9-year-old daughter, Jessica, who had come into the room. She stabbed and slashed Jessica more than 60 times, police said.

Then, authorities said, she poured a flammable substance over herself and set herself afire.

She died of asphyxia from a flash fire, according to the state medical examiner’s office. Her death was ruled a suicide.

The fire quickly spread to a bedroom occupied by two more of her children, Jennifer, 3, and Jonah, 2. They died of smoke inhalation and burns, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Because there weren’t enough ambulances at the scene, two police officers transported two of the children to the hospital. Police Chief James W. Shay said one child died in a police officer’s arms.

Joshua, 2 months old, shared the parents’ bedroom and suffered burns. He was in serious condition in the burn unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Still alive but bleeding, Jessica got out of the house and went across the street to the home of Chad Prigge, assistant pastor at the family’s church. Prigge said he was awakened about 1:30 a.m. by the young girl’s cries.

“I looked out the window and saw someone running to the door, and I saw a strange light,” Prigge said.  “My wife answered the door and it was Jessica and her hair was ablaze.”

Prigge said his wife, Sara, told the girl to drop and roll and got water to put out the fire. Prigge said the girl told him,  “My mommy had a nightmare.”

Jessica was in serious condition at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.

Officer Gary Cooper, one of the first officers to respond, said he watched firefighters carry one child after another out of the house.  “It was probably the most horrific scene I’ve seen,” he said.

The family was religious and active in the Truth Baptist Church in South Windsor. A family friend described the Silk family as  “born-again believers.”