Terres Relied on Legal Drugs, killer may have stopped his antidepressants too soon — (Kenosha News)

SSRI Ed note: Young man taking Prozac, possibly withdrawing from Xanax, shoots three random people at McDonald's before killing himself. Two die,

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Kenosha News

August 14, 1993

By Jennie Tunidelcz, Joe DiGiovannie and Dave Engels, Staff writers

Bottles of prescription antidepressants found in the killer’s home offer police more insight into Dion Terres’ shooting rampage.

Prozac and Xanax, which had been prescribed to Terresm were found in his home at 3104 60th St, and are further evidence that Terres was suffering mental problems, police said.  “He probably wasn’t actively taking the medication,” Captain Robert Young said.

Terres, 25, stormed the McDonald’s Restaurant at 7530 Pershing Blvd Tuesday afternoon, shooting at customers randomly, killing two, and wounding a third before killing himself.

The Xanax bottle was old and empty, Young said.  The Prozac container was filled in May and held 21 pills.

The Physicians Desk Reference, a medical reference book, described Prozac as a medicine for patients who have persistent depressed or unhappy moods that interfere with daily functioning.

A Prozac patient has usually experienced symptoms such as changes in appetite or sleep patterns, loss of interest in usual activities, reduced sex drive, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, impaired concentration, and thoughts of suicide or attempted suicide, the reference book says.

Xanax is prescribed for anxiety or panic attacks, the book says.

The  book also says discontinuing use of either drug can produce psychological or physical reactions, although reactions vary widely among patients.

Young said a videotape, made by Terres the day before he terrorized McDonalds, 7530 Pershing Blvd, shows a “deranged” person.

In the tape, Terres, 3104 60th St, praises serial killers, like Jeffrewy Dahmer;talks of hearing voices and tells of how he believes he dug up the body of Abrahan Lincoln, took it home and put it in his bathtub.

The tape, or transcripts of the contents, will be released to the media when the investigation concludes, Young said.

Police also found 1 ounce of marijuana in Terres’ home. Results of toxicology tests on Terres’ body should be available in one to three weeks.

Palatine, Ill. police have ruled out any connectionbetween Terres and the Brown’s Chicken murders Jan 9.

Terres’ fingerprints were taken Wednesday, but Deputy Chief Walter Gasior said they revealed no link. He said the department will continue to work with Kenosha Police in case anything develops.

Sharon Winers, Arlington Heights, Ill, Terres’ mother, has not returned repeated telephone calls from the Kanusha News and was not at home when a reporter went to her home Wednesday.

Young said police do not plan to interview Winters. The police will relinquish Terres’ belongings, including his car and home, t Winters when she claims them.

Scott Terres, Katy, Texas, said Friday he is a half-brother of the gunman. In a telephone interview, he said their father and the gunman’s mother were living in Bolingbrook Ill, when Dion Terres was born Oct 2, 1967.

Dion’s parents were divorced and his father remarried, Scott said. Dion lived with his father and step-mother, and Scott was born in 1972, the half-brother said.

The family moved to Katy in 1978 and Dion moved to Arlington Heights to live with his mother the next year, Scott said.  Scott said their father and mother divorced several years ago and he has not had any contact with his father for 5 ½ years. “I don’t know where he is,” he said.