Accepting on faith any part of the official scenario in this case is risky and ill-advised, but assuming Dorner is guilty of committing murders, his highly publicized manifesto may hold a clue.
Buried in the text, here is one of his statements. As usual, the major media are ignoring it completely:
“If possible, I want my brain preserved for science/research to study the effects of severe depression on an individual’s brain. Since 6/26/08 when I was relieved of duty and 1/2/09 when I was terminated I have been afflicted with severe depression. I’ve had two CT scans during my lifetime that are in my medical record at Kaiser Pemanente. Both are from concussions resulting from playing football. The first was in high school, 10/96. The second was in college and occurred in 10/99. Both were conducted at Kaiser Permanente hospitals in LA/Orange County. These two CT scans should give a good baseline for my brain activity before severe depression began in late 2008.”
So the question is, did Dorner ever see a doctor for his depression? Was he diagnosed? Was he given one of the SSRI antidepressants (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, etc.)?
Either taking one of these drugs or withdrawing from it can and does cause violent behavior, including suicide and homicide. This is well established from both reports and studies. (See the extensive reports at ssristories.com, and consult the work of Dr. Peter Breggin and Dr. David Healy.)
No doubt, the LAPD and other investigating agencies know a great deal about Christopher Dorner’s medical history, but they aren’t saying anything. This suggests the situation in both the Aurora and Sandy Hook massacres, where no public statements have been made about psychiatric drugs the accused shooters were prescribed.
In Dorner’s case, his possible psychiatric history doesn’t affect the veracity of his accusations against the LAPD – which is a separate matter for independent investigation – but it certainly is relevant to his actions.
If Dorner indeed has killed people as part of a plan to enact revenge on his former employers, those actions and that plan could be fueled by antidepressant use or withdrawal.
In 1999, shortly after the Columbine school massacre, I interviewed Dr. Peter Breggin, and he confirmed that an antidepressant like Luvox, which one of the shooters, Eric Harris, had been taking can stimulate the desire to “make grandiose plans for mass destruction.”
Contrary to pronouncements by psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies, the whole theory about depression stemming from an imbalance of serotonin in the brain is an unproven hypothesis. And the antidepressant drugs, claimed to selectively target serotonin levels, actually have wildly unpredictable effects on brain neurotransmitters.
CT scans and other brain-imagining technology do not reveal definitive changes that can be attributed to the onset of depression or any other so-called mental disorder. The whole “science” of psychiatric diagnosis, as I’ve demonstrated in several articles, is nothing more than supposition and pseudo-analysis.
But if Dorner sought medical or psychiatric help for what he called “severe depression,” it’s almost certain he would have been diagnosed and prescribed one of the highly dangerous drugs that can cause a brainstorm and ensuing violence.
It is exactly this volatile situation that President Obama and other gun-control advocates are encouraging and implementing through their new program of expanding mental-health services across America: more treatment, more drugs, more murders.
Dorner’s stated history of concussions could also play a role in his actions, even years after the fact – just as dosing with antidepressants can result in violence long after a person has stopped taking them.
As I’ve written before, every time a mass shooting occurs, pharmaceutical companies make their presence known behind the scenes, with the goals of covering up the shooter’s psychiatric-drug history, blacking out the name of the doctor who prescribed the drugs, and keeping media exposure to a bare minimum.
On their part, the police and other investigating agencies cooperate in full, because they don’t want to tangle with the psychiatric profession. They use psychiatric experts in court to make their cases. They don’t have the professional clout to counter medical claims that the drugs are safe and effective. And the role of psychiatric drugs in committed murders would only serve to let suspects off the hook.
If there is a psychiatrist who prescribed SSRI antidepressants to Christopher Dorner (just as with James Holmes and Adam Lanza), he’s keeping very quiet. The last thing he wants is exposure as the doctor who treated a killer.
Meanwhile, in court cases all over America, the plea of non-guilty by reason of insanity is being used as a cover for: committed murder because he was prescribed psychiatric drugs. Christopher Dorner may well be one of these cases.