‘Prozac Defense’ Called Likely In Man’s Slaying — (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

11 November 1992



Two pure-bred German shepherds were beaten to death and mutilated before their bodies were dumped on railroad tracks in Kirkwood, authorities said Tuesday.

An autopsy by Dr. Dan Knox on Tuesday prompted an investigation by Kirkwood police, who initially thought the dogs were hit by a train and killed, said Kirkwood Police Capt. Jim Geringer. Knox is chief of the St. Louis County animal control.

The dogs were found Monday night near Couch Avenue by their owner, Michael Ryan of Kirkwood.

A 4-month-old dog had all its internal organs removed, a broken rear leg and its tail was cut off, Knox said. The head of a 14-month-old dog was severely beaten, several of its ribs and both left legs were broken and its brain had been removed, he said.


U.S. 40 Extension To Be Discussed

People who live near Forest Park in St. Louis plan to meet Thursday with state highway officials to discuss the proposed expansion of U.S. Highway 40.

The meeting was organized by members of the Hi-Pointe Residents Association and will begin at 7 p.m. at Dewey School, 6746 Clayton Avenue.

Proposals by the state Highway Department to widen Highway 40 could take as much as four acres of Forest Park and would alter Oakland Avenue and close the Clayton Road exit. The expansion would affect the portion of Highway 40 between Tamm Avenue and Hanley Road in St. Louis and Richmond Heights.


Ex-U.S. Official To Talk On Yugoslavia

George Kenney, a former U.S. State Department official, will speak at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Road. His talk is free and open to the public.

Kenney was the deputy officer-in-charge of Yugoslav affairs. He resigned th is year to protest the way Bush’s administration handled the war in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Bulloch Parole Hearing Rescheduled

A parole hearing for Dennis Bulloch that was scheduled for Tuesday has been rescheduled for Dec. 11 at Bulloch’s request, a state official said.

Bulloch, 39, is imprisoned in connection with the death of his wife, Julia Bulloch, in 1986 at their home in Ballwin. Bulloch’s tentative release date is Jan. 26, said Cranston Mitchell, chairman of the state Board of Probation and Parole.

The Missouri Court of Appeals at Kansas City ruled last week that Bulloch’s sentence for manslaughter should be served concurrently – instead of consecutively – with his sentence for arson. Bulloch was found guilty in 1987 of manslaughter in the death of his wife, 31.






Wild Western Horses

Offered For Adoption

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will offer 150 healthy and trainable wild horses for adoption Friday through Sunday at the Kansas City Stockyards during the final weekend of the American Royal.

The horses have been gathered in Nevada, Wyoming, California and Oregon. All have been vaccinated, de-wormed and received a clean bill of health.

The adoption fee is $125 for each horse. Prospective owners must show they have a sturdy corral with a fence at least six feet high, along with shelter, transportation and means of caring for the animals. Those who want an adoption application may call Art DiGrazia of the Bureau of Land Management in Milwaukee at 414-297-4417.



Forum To Spotlight

‘PR During A Crisis’

”Public Relations During a Crisis” is the topic of a noon lunch forum on Tuesday. The event is sponsored by the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis.

The forum will be based on a real-life situation in September at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, when an emotionally disturbed woman burst into the emergency department, held a gun to her head and threatened to kill herself.

The program will feature Bill McShane, director of public relations at St. John’s Mercy, and Richard Schnarr, Creve Coeur police chief.

The forum is open to the public; reservations must be made by Friday, by calling 241-6397. The Press Club is in the Holiday Inn-Convention Center, 811 North Ninth Street.

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‘Prozac Defense’ Called Likely In Man’s Slaying

The controversial antidepressant Prozac may be used in the defense of a McDonald County woman accused of killing her husband, the prosecutor says.

Betty Lou Craig, 60, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of her husband, Donald Craig, 62.

”We anticipate a Prozac defense,” Joe Schoeberl, the McDonald County prosecutor said Wednesday. ”We removed a blood sample and a urine sample with her consent to determine whether she had Prozac in her system at the time [of the shooting].”

Betty Lou Craig was being treated for depression and had recently been prescribed the drug Prozac, authorities said. She has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation, they said.

Donald Craig, a retired farmer from Southwest City, Mo., was killed at the couple’s home about 7 a.m. Tuesday by a shotgun blast at close range, said McDonald County Sheriff Lou Keeling. Southwest City is in far southwest Missouri.

Prozac, made by Eli Lilly & Co. of Indianapolis, has been blamed for users’ violent or suicidal behavior. The company has denied that the drug was responsible.



Photo | Photo by Ted Dargan/Post-Dispatch – BIKE BRIGADE St. Louis police officers trying out their new bicycles Tuesday on the parking lot of the Area I Superstation, 3157 Sublette Avenue. Twenty-four officers began the bike patrols Tuesday; they will patrol some neighborhoods and around some city schools. MISSOURI