Psychiatrist who plotted to kill patients & feed them to sharks - settles out of court

Psychiatrist who plotted to kill patients & feed them to sharks - settles out of court

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June 11th, 2008, 11:29 am #1


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<FONT size=3>"</FONT>'PSYCHO' SHRINK SETTLES LAWSUIT
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By KIERAN CROWLEY


June 10, 2008 --
The Long Island psychiatrist who allegedly plotted to murder his patients and feed them to sharks settled a malpractice lawsuit against him by a former patient for $365,000 yesterday.

The former patient - identified only as "Dennis" - who shrink Richard Karpf enlisted in his bizarre plot to shoot seven patients, accepted the cash settlement just hours after the jury began deliberating.

"The jury was very kind and concerned about Dennis when we met afterwards," said his lawyer, Ruth Bernstein. "A couple of them expressed fears that the defendant might also come after them."

Karpf, 55, was arrested in January 2003 and charged with buying a pistol, silencer and ammo from an undercover cop who was contacted by Dennis after Karpf asked him during sessions for help in his slay plot. He later pleaded guilty and served three months in prison."
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June 11th, 2008, 11:41 am #2


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One ball dropped after another
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<P id=story-body><EM>T</EM>hroughout a court proceeding to determine his fate yesterday, <STRONG>Kevin Johns </STRONG>mostly looked bored. He rolled his head around, tipped it back either to nod off or stare at the ceiling, and at least once turned around to check the clock behind him.

It was 11:20 a.m., and the judge was more than an hour into a litany about Johns' life and how it had come to this -<STRONG> at 25, on trial for his third homicide </STRONG>- and he was nowhere near finished with the remarks he wanted to make before announcing his verdict.

But was it boring? Well, to borrow a technique from Harford Circuit Judge Emory A. Plitt Jr. himself, whose 38-page transcript of those remarks came with 19 footnotes referencing sources that ranged from trial exhibits to <EM>Webster's</EM>, I will include a dictionary.com definition of <EM>boring</EM>: "To make weary by being dull, repetitive, or tedious."

Repetitive, for sure: The retelling of Johns's life was one ball dropped after another, one opportunity missed after another, one cry for help ignored after another.
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<P id=story-body2>Repeatedly, there were warnings of the danger he posed to himself or others that would go unheeded. <STRONG>Endlessly, there were diagnoses of mental illnesses - in one nine-year period, Plitt counted 10 psychiatrists and six psychologists who identified 14 disorders and prescribed 10 different medications</STRONG> - that would result in only fleeting or discontinued treatment.

Plitt found Johns guilty but not criminally responsible yesterday - Maryland's version of the insanity defense - in the 2005 murder of a fellow inmate, Philip Parker Jr., while aboard a prison bus. But his pre-verdict remarks had the effect of also putting the Division of Correction on trial, and while he stopped short of pronouncing it guilty as well, he certainly offered up quite an indictment.

"It seems to me that the death of Mr. Parker could have been avoided," Plitt said in part, during a section of his remarks that he titled "A preventable tragedy." Not to be confused with another section, titled "Unanswered questions."

Where to begin? Johns' family is a start: an utterly hopeless accumulation of pathologies that surely doomed him from the start. Johns was born to an alcoholic, drug-abusing mother and raised in a lead-poisoned atmosphere. The depressing outlines of his childhood can basically be summarized in a single sentence from Plitt's remarks: "At one time or another, every adult in the household abused all of the children." Schoolteachers and social workers - whom Plitt singled out for their "valiant attempts" to try to help this poor child - were rebuffed at seemingly every turn by his mother.

On and on went Plitt's dispassionate and yet devastating retelling of Johns' life: He was removed from his home but apparently abused in a foster home. <STRONG>He was sent to juvenile institutions, and received treatment and medication for his serious mental illnesses,</STRONG> but once he managed to get his GED, he was, in Plitt's words, put out on the street.

With nowhere to go, and no fixed address, any chance of treatment or medications went out the window. Soon he would become the problem of the criminal justice system: First he killed an uncle who had abused him as a child; then, while serving a sentence for that, he killed a cellmate. And through it all, Johns continued to display the same mental disorders that he had since childhood - <STRONG>the same homicidal and suicidal tendencies</STRONG>, the same inappropriate and violent behaviors, the same hallucinations and voices, the same mood cycles.

Boring, really, to hear the same alphabet soup of his disorders over and over again: ADHD, FAS, ASPD, ETC., ETC. They began to blur during Plitt's statement, merging with the various prison facilities that he would tour through: MRDCC, MCTC, MCAC, MCI-H, ETC., ETC.

<STRONG><FONT size=4>And yet, at a certain point, prison officials decided to discontinue Johns' meds - a truly baffling decision given that he had been prescribed psychotropic drugs since the age of 9.</FONT></STRONG> Prison personnel suspected Johns of "malingering" - in essence, faking it - which, if he was, surely warrants some kind of acting award for lifetime achievement.

"I've never seen a more complete record of a psychiatric disorder that the 5,000 pages submitted to court," Johns' lawyer, Harry J. Trainor, told reporters outside the courthouse. "It's a remarkable history."

It is. Particularly the part right before he killed Parker, a time of increasingly disturbing behavior that alarmed doctors and fellow inmates alike and prompted several orders - some followed by the universally understood STAT - for treatment that he never got.

A referral order for a psychiatric evaluation? Plitt quotes a notation from his file: "Psychiatry did not follow up." A psychiatrist's order that he be transferred to Patuxent Institution for an emergency evaluation? "That was not done," Plitt states.

Until, that is, Parker was killed. Then, after Johns pleaded not criminally responsible, he was referred to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center to be evaluated. <STRONG>After a lifetime of repeated diagnoses of serious psychiatric illness, two doctors there concluded that he did not have a mental disorder at the time of the crime that would render him unable to understand the criminality of his act.
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They might have time to re-evaluate their evaluation: Over the objection of prosecutors, Plitt committed Johns to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for institutional in-patient care - in other words, to Perkins."

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June 11th, 2008, 11:53 am #3


<EM>"He has spent his entire life on psychotropic medicine," Trainor said after court. "He needs it. He'll be a much safer human being. It's the best thing for Kevin. It's the best thing for society. It should happen right away."</EM>

Psych drugs from childhood and then psych drug withdrawal&nbsp;&nbsp;doesn't seem to have proven to be the 'best thing for Kevin &nbsp;- or for the people he killed.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_county/bal-te.co.johns10jun10,0,2927645.story

Guilty verdict in bus killing
Mental illness makes sentencing difficult
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A Baltimore man with two previous murder convictions <STRONG>and almost two decades of documented psychiatric illnesses</STRONG> was found guilty but not criminally responsible yesterday in the killing of a fellow inmate aboard a prison bus - and state officials aren't sure what to do with him.

Kevin G. Johns Jr., who had faced a possible death penalty, suffered from mental disorders that prevented him from being able to obey the law when he strangled another prisoner, a judge ruled. After a prosecutor said Johns, 25, might be too dangerous for the state's maximum-security psychiatric hospital, Harford Circuit Judge Emory A. Plitt Jr. gave attorneys for the state prison system and health department two weeks to sort out where he should be sent.

The verdict came after a two-hour commentary from Plitt on what he called "a preventable tragedy." The judge placed some of the blame for the Feb. 2, 2005, murder of Philip E. Parker Jr. on a prison system that had "ample warnings" about Johns' deteriorating mental health and his propensity for violence.

The judge questioned <STRONG>why prison doctors had stopped giving Johns medication</STRONG> and why correctional officers did not more closely guard him during the nighttime bus ride from Hagerstown to Supermax in Baltimore. After Parker's murder, three correctional officers on the bus were fired, and the prison system revamped its transportation policy, eliminating all nighttime bus trips.

"Based on the undisputed evidence presented to me during the trial," Plitt said, "it seems to me that the death of Mr. Parker could have been avoided."

<STRONG>The judge gave an exhaustive recitation of Johns' history of mental illness, which began at age 9, spanned 5,000 pages of evaluations and included a dozen diagnoses over the years, including fetal alcohol syndrome, lead poisoning, and schizo-affective disorder.
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<STRONG>In 2002, Johns killed an uncle in Baltimore </STRONG>whom he had accused of physically and sexually abusing him. <STRONG>And in January 2004, while serving his 35-year sentence at a prison in Hagerstown, Johns strangled his 16-year-old cellmate.
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<STRONG>As he was being sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in that killing, Johns said that he would "do it again." A day later, he strangled Parker</STRONG>.

Plitt punctuated many of his remarks with the phrase "another cloud in the gathering storm," borrowing from defense attorney Harry J. Trainor Jr.'s description of Parker's murder as "a perfect storm."

The case was moved from Baltimore County and heard by a judge rather than a jury at the request of defense attorneys. The eight-day trial ended May 20, and Plitt, a former attorney for the prison system, said he had been poring over evidence and researching legal issues ever since.

As Plitt reached the end of his comments and announced his finding that Johns was not criminally responsible, Parker's family, dressed all in black, stood and left the courtroom. Parker, 20, was serving a 3 1/2 year sentence for a robbery with a pellet gun. Years earlier, Parker and Johns had lived together in a residential treatment center for troubled teens.

Parker's mother, Melissa Rodriguez, said that her son "will never have justice," and that " Maryland should be ashamed of itself for taking that away from us."

<STRONG>Like several psychiatrists who testified for the state</STRONG>, Parker's family believed Johns was feigning mental illness. Susan Romero, who said she was Parker's aunt, said Johns "has had years to improve his art," eventually convincing enough people that he was sick.

<STRONG>First prescribed psychotropic medicines at age 9, Johns has spent almost all of his life in institutions and prisons.</STRONG> <STRONG>He went off medication about the time of Parker's killing after a prison psychologist - overruling a prison psychiatrist - determined he was malingering.
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<STRONG>Johns has not been on medication during the trial.</STRONG> Yesterday, he smiled as he entered the courtroom and his head lolled from side to side during the proceeding.

Trainor said his client was "clearly in need of mental health treatment" and that delays in getting him help constitute "cruel and unusual punishment."

The judge's ruling committed Johns to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Typically, defendants deemed not criminally responsible are housed at the 250-bed Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup. They can be released once a team of doctors determines they can safely return to society.

But Johns' case is more complex.

Because he is also committed to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for the first two murders, Johns would return to prison if he is ever released from Perkins.

Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney S. Ann Brobst said there are other issues to consider. She said it is unclear which commitment - to the prison system or to the mental health department - trumps the other. And she said Perkins, though it is considered a maximum security prison, has never handled a patient who has killed two people while in custody.

"I can't imagine a more dangerous person in the state," Brobst said after court. Throughout the trial, Johns was shackled at the ankles, and his wrists were handcuffed to a waist chain. At times, his hands were encased in black, steel-lined mitts.

Brobst requested more time for attorneys from those state agencies to figure out what to do, adding that one option might be to house Johns at Supermax prison in Baltimore while state mental health administer his treatment there.

Trainor said he would object to sending Johns anywhere other than Perkins.

"<EM><STRONG>He has spent his entire life on psychotropic medicine," </STRONG></EM>Trainor said after court. "He needs it. He'll be a much safer human being. It's the best thing for Kevin. It's the best thing for society. It should happen right away."

Plitt gave the state until June 23 to prepare a plan.

DHMH Secretary John M. Colmers and prison spokesman Rick Binetti said their agencies have been working together on the issue for weeks and were continuing to research their options. Binetti said his agency has never before dealt with a situation like Johns'. "
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June 11th, 2008, 12:05 pm #4

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<FONT size=3>"</FONT>'PSYCHO' SHRINK SETTLES LAWSUIT
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By KIERAN CROWLEY


June 10, 2008 --
The Long Island psychiatrist who allegedly plotted to murder his patients and feed them to sharks settled a malpractice lawsuit against him by a former patient for $365,000 yesterday.

The former patient - identified only as "Dennis" - who shrink Richard Karpf enlisted in his bizarre plot to shoot seven patients, accepted the cash settlement just hours after the jury began deliberating.

"The jury was very kind and concerned about Dennis when we met afterwards," said his lawyer, Ruth Bernstein. "A couple of them expressed fears that the defendant might also come after them."

Karpf, 55, was arrested in January 2003 and charged with buying a pistol, silencer and ammo from an undercover cop who was contacted by Dennis after Karpf asked him during sessions for help in his slay plot. He later pleaded guilty and served three months in prison."
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"June 9 (Bloomberg) -- The Japanese man who slashed to death seven bystanders and injured 10 in Tokyo's electronics shopping district, Akihabara, may have posted warnings about his intentions on the Internet, public broadcaster NHK reported..."

"...Japan's suicide rate, the world's ninth-highest, rose during the post-bubble period, <STRONG>exceeding 30,000 for the first time in 1998 and peaking at 34,427 in 2003</STRONG>. With a population of 127.7 million, Japan recorded 32,155 suicides in 2006, or approximately one every 15 minutes..."
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<P align=left>"...Whatever misgivings Ono and other doctors may have about the medicalization of mild depression, it has been a resounding <STRONG>financial</STRONG> success. As one psychiatrist, Kenji Kitanishi, noted wryly, ''Japanese psychiatry is in the bubble economy now.'' <FONT size=4><STRONG>Between 1998 and 2003, sales of antidepressants in Japan quintupled</STRONG>, <STRONG>according to IMS Health.</STRONG></FONT> GlaxoSmithKline alone saw its sales of Paxil increase from $108 million in 2001 to $298 million in 2003. According to the company, during one seven-month ad campaign it ran last year, 110,000 people in a population of 127 million consulted their doctors about depression..."
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<FONT size=3>"</FONT>'PSYCHO' SHRINK SETTLES LAWSUIT
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By KIERAN CROWLEY


June 10, 2008 --
The Long Island psychiatrist who allegedly plotted to murder his patients and feed them to sharks settled a malpractice lawsuit against him by a former patient for $365,000 yesterday.

The former patient - identified only as "Dennis" - who shrink Richard Karpf enlisted in his bizarre plot to shoot seven patients, accepted the cash settlement just hours after the jury began deliberating.

"The jury was very kind and concerned about Dennis when we met afterwards," said his lawyer, Ruth Bernstein. "A couple of them expressed fears that the defendant might also come after them."

Karpf, 55, was arrested in January 2003 and charged with buying a pistol, silencer and ammo from an undercover cop who was contacted by Dennis after Karpf asked him during sessions for help in his slay plot. He later pleaded guilty and served three months in prison."
http://www.naturalnews.com/023408.html

<H1 class=Headline><FONT size=4>"Top Psychiatric Researcher Dr. Biederman Caught Lying about $1.6 Million in Drug Money; Performed Medical Experiments on Children </FONT></H1>
<P class=Headline>NaturalNews) Harvard University's Dr. Joseph Biederman has been a loyal soldier in the battleground for chemical control over children's minds. A highly-influential researcher at Harvard University, Dr. Biederman spearheaded a <STRONG>4000% increase in the diagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder from 1994 to 2003</STRONG>, resulting in billions of dollars in revenues for drug companies and millions of children being put on mind-altering medications. Now, thanks to an investigation by the office of Sen. Charles Grassley and a damning report published in the <FONT color=#3366cc>New York</FONT> Times, it has been revealed that Dr. Biederman lied about the amount of money he received from <FONT color=#3366cc>drug companies</FONT> -- a figure that may exceed $1.6 million..."

<P class=Headline>"...As part of his drug-pushing efforts, Dr. Biederman has openly advocated non-approved uses of mind-altering drugs on children, encouraging doctors to prescribe pills for various so-called "disorders" even though no FDA approval has ever been granted for using those mind-altering medicines on children. This didn't stop Dr. Biederman, though, from openly pushing for the widespread prescribing of drugs for such "off-label" conditions, including their use on infants and very young children. Thanks in large part to Dr. Biederman's apparently financially-motivated efforts, sales of drugs used to treat "bipolar disorder" doubled from 2003 to 2006..."

<P class=Headline>"...Among the awards that have been given to Dr. Biederman are "Best Doctors in America" and the CHADD "Hall of Fame" (CHADD is a front group for Big Pharma that pushes psychiatric medication for children).

Here's the full description (read it and weep):

Dr. Biederman has been the recipient of the American Psychiatric Association Blanche Ittelson Award for Excellence in Child Psychiatric Research, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Charlotte Norbert Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement. He has been inducted into the CHADD "Hall of Fame". Dr Biederman has also been selected every year since its inception into the "The Best Doctors in America" compilation of the best physicians in the country. From 1985-1995 Dr. Biederman served as Co-Chair of the Work Group on research, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is mentor to more than 12 junior investigators in the field. Dr. Biederman is on the editorial board of multiple journals, a reviewer for most of the Psychiatric journals, and has served as a grant reviewer in the Child Psychopathology and Treatment Review Committee of the NIMH. He is the author and co-author of close to 500 papers, scientific articles, 70 book chapters and more than 450 scientific abstracts. In 2000, Dr. Biederman pioneered and established a Stanley Foundation Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital dedicated to the treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder. Dr. Biederman's work is supported by multiple federal and pharmaceutical industry grants. During the decade of the 1990's, he was the fourth highest producer of high impact papers in psychiatry and the highest ranked child psychiatrist as determined by the Institute for Scientific Information (Science, 2000, Vol 288, pg 959). Dr. Biederman was the recipient of the 1998 NAMI Exemplary Psychiatry award. He was also the recipient of the 2002 NARSAD Senior Investigator award. Since 2002 Dr. Biederman has been appointed as an associate editor to the journal Biological Psychiatry.

What isn't mentioned in all these achievements, of course, are other statistics:

• The tens of millions of children harmed by psychiatric medications each year.
• The <FONT color=#3366cc>diabetes</FONT> and obesity caused by psychiatric medications.
• The violent school shootings and suicides caused by psychiatric medications.
• The permanent harm caused to the brains of children being forced to take psychiatric medications.
• The billions of dollars that have been taken from families and taxpayers by drug companies who profit from the sales of mind-altering medications.

If there was an award for the most destructive doctor in modern medicine, Dr. Biederman might very well receive it. And although I do not condone the death penalty or the use of violence in solving problems, I do believe that Dr. Biederman should be removed from society and placed under the care of a mental institution where he can receive the same kind of "treatment" that he has so callously dished out to the children used in his own medical experiments..."

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<FONT size=3>"</FONT>'PSYCHO' SHRINK SETTLES LAWSUIT
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By KIERAN CROWLEY


June 10, 2008 --
The Long Island psychiatrist who allegedly plotted to murder his patients and feed them to sharks settled a malpractice lawsuit against him by a former patient for $365,000 yesterday.

The former patient - identified only as "Dennis" - who shrink Richard Karpf enlisted in his bizarre plot to shoot seven patients, accepted the cash settlement just hours after the jury began deliberating.

"The jury was very kind and concerned about Dennis when we met afterwards," said his lawyer, Ruth Bernstein. "A couple of them expressed fears that the defendant might also come after them."

Karpf, 55, was arrested in January 2003 and charged with buying a pistol, silencer and ammo from an undercover cop who was contacted by Dennis after Karpf asked him during sessions for help in his slay plot. He later pleaded guilty and served three months in prison."
http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/060808/news_20080608059.shtml

Mental health: Broken system, shattered lives
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The Clarke Central High School assistant principal tried for years to get treatment for Miller Jordan III's mental illness.

But the younger Jordan stabbed his father and grandfather to death Dec. 30 - hours after doctors sent Jordan home from a hospital where he told them he was having homicidal thoughts.

One in seven people suffer from "severe and persistent" mental illness nationally, according to Cindy Darden, executive director of Advantage Behavioral Health Systems, a publicly funded social services agency that serves Athens-Clarke and nine other area counties.

Local tragedies highlight what can happen in Georgia's overburdened and underfunded mental health system.

"When you run into a situation where someone doesn't want treatment or isn't deemed to be at imminent risk, there's not enough resources to implement," said Chris Settel, a psychiatric assessment specialist in the emergency room of Athens Regional Medical Center.

Wake up call

Jordan, 22, has schizophrenia and was <STRONG>diagnosed with mental illness while in middle school</STRONG>.

<STRONG>Since then, he was hospitalized in 10 different psychiatric facilities and at least 20 times at a single hospital in Atlanta, said Claudia Saari, the DeKalb County public defender who is representing Jordan.</STRONG>

His father and grandfather probably would be alive today if the system hadn't failed Jordan and his family, Saari said.

"His illness definitely was the cause of the murders, and the mental health system failed him," she said. "Had he been in a residential program that met his needs, then this would not have happened."

Jordan's case in many ways shows what's wrong with Georgia's mental health system.

"Mr. Jordan is a very sick young man, and from what we can tell from the records we've received so far, his mother and father did everything they could to <STRONG>get him into every program that's out there," </STRONG>Saari said.

On the night of <STRONG>Dec. 29, Jordan went to an Atlanta emergency room, complaining he was thinking of killing someone or himself,</STRONG> Saari said.

<STRONG>Doctors sent him home with a prescription for Depakote </STRONG>- commonly used to treat bi-polar patients going through a manic or depressive phase - and hours later Jordan went to his parents' home in Decatur and stabbed his father and grandfather, Saari said.

"It's just jaw-dropping that a doctor would do that," said Eddie Whitlock, executive director of Mental Health America of Northeast Georgia.

"If someone comes in and says they're thinking of killing themselves or others, they should be kept for a 72-hour assessment. You certainly don't give them a prescription and send them home."

Whitlock wondered how any other people know stories like Jordan's.

"This kid was from a family of educators who obviously had the financial wherewithal and knowledge, and it still resulted in tragedy," he said. "Can you imagine the families that don't have that kind of ability?

"We're talking about working people who don't have the money to put their kids in private hospitals, who have to let them live in the home or in the street," Whitlock said."
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June 11th, 2008, 1:31 pm #8

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<FONT size=3>"</FONT>'PSYCHO' SHRINK SETTLES LAWSUIT
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By KIERAN CROWLEY


June 10, 2008 --
The Long Island psychiatrist who allegedly plotted to murder his patients and feed them to sharks settled a malpractice lawsuit against him by a former patient for $365,000 yesterday.

The former patient - identified only as "Dennis" - who shrink Richard Karpf enlisted in his bizarre plot to shoot seven patients, accepted the cash settlement just hours after the jury began deliberating.

"The jury was very kind and concerned about Dennis when we met afterwards," said his lawyer, Ruth Bernstein. "A couple of them expressed fears that the defendant might also come after them."

Karpf, 55, was arrested in January 2003 and charged with buying a pistol, silencer and ammo from an undercover cop who was contacted by Dennis after Karpf asked him during sessions for help in his slay plot. He later pleaded guilty and served three months in prison."
who apparently hadn't taken his medication&nbsp;on&nbsp;"the day of the shooting".

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<P class=western style="MARGIN-TOP: 0in; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0in; TEXT-ALIGN: left">"David Hill was brought to trial in 2000. A doctor testified that although Hill had sustained frontal lobe damage to his brain when he shot himself, and was suffering from a degree of memory loss, he could understand the charges against him and would be able to follow the proceedings if he paid attention.

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<P class=western style="MARGIN-TOP: 0in; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0in; TEXT-ALIGN: left">Several experts testified that David Hill was suffering from serious mental health problems at the time of the crime, and was apparently <STRONG>not taking his medication on the day of the shootings.</STRONG> <STRONG>A psychiatrist who had been treating him in the months before the crime testified </STRONG>that Hill was suffering from three major mental disorders: post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and major depressive disorder.

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<P class=western style="MARGIN-TOP: 0in; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0in; TEXT-ALIGN: left">He stated that a number of traumatic events in Hill’s life had contributed to this, including his near-drowning when he was a teenager, his guilt over causing a car accident when he was 18 which killed his sister, witnessing an explosion at his workplace, and the stress of his daughter being left paraplegic in a car accident in 1995 (she died in 1998). David Hill made a number of suicide attempts <STRONG>in the months before the crime</STRONG>. In July 1996, police had been called to his home when he was threatening to kill himself with a shotgun. He was eventually talked out of it by his psychiatrist and taken for treatment for depression. The shootings at the DSS office took place about a week after his three-year-old daughter and his twin two-year-old sons had been taken into DSS custody."

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<FONT class=style10>COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A South Carolina man convicted of killing three social workers more than a decade ago has been executed after he asked to drop his appeals.

David Mark Hill was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m. Friday in the state's death chamber in Columbia.

Defense witnesses testified that Hill went on the shooting spree after his wife asked for a divorce and a social worker accused him of molesting his quadriplegic daughter. Hill was convicted for the 1996 deaths of Jimmy Riddle, Josie Curry and Michael Gregory.

Hill is the first person put to death in South Carolina since the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of the most widely used injection method."</FONT>

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<FONT size=3>"</FONT>'PSYCHO' SHRINK SETTLES LAWSUIT
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By KIERAN CROWLEY


June 10, 2008 --
The Long Island psychiatrist who allegedly plotted to murder his patients and feed them to sharks settled a malpractice lawsuit against him by a former patient for $365,000 yesterday.

The former patient - identified only as "Dennis" - who shrink Richard Karpf enlisted in his bizarre plot to shoot seven patients, accepted the cash settlement just hours after the jury began deliberating.

"The jury was very kind and concerned about Dennis when we met afterwards," said his lawyer, Ruth Bernstein. "A couple of them expressed fears that the defendant might also come after them."

Karpf, 55, was arrested in January 2003 and charged with buying a pistol, silencer and ammo from an undercover cop who was contacted by Dennis after Karpf asked him during sessions for help in his slay plot. He later pleaded guilty and served three months in prison."
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<STRONG>"...At 2 1/2 years of age, Rebecca Riley of Hull, Massachusetts was "diagnosed" ADHD and bipolar disorder, by child psychiatrist, Dr. Kayoko Kifuji, and was put on Clonidine, Depakote and Seroquel, the last of which is a potent, poisonous, antipsychotic. None had been approved by the FDA for children so young</STRONG>.

Rebecca became like a "floppy doll" and <STRONG>died December 13, 2006, at 4 years of age</STRONG>, not from a psychiatric disease, because there is no such thing, but <STRONG>from the very real, very toxic psychiatric drugs prescribed for her.</STRONG> <STRONG>Incredibly, her parents sit in jail, charged with her murder.</STRONG> Who made it appear that Rebecca had two "diseases"? Who convinced the parents she did and that the medications prescribed were "treatments" for them?

Countless hundreds if not thousands of children thus diagnosed and drugged are dying, not from psychiatric diseases, but from the one or several drugs prescribed for them as "treatment."

Between 1990 and 2000, <STRONG>186 deaths from methylphenidate-Ritalin </STRONG>were reported to the FDA-MedWatch program, a voluntary reporting program of the FDA itself, says detects no more than 1-10 percent of the actual number."
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<DIV id=headline>
<FONT size=3>"</FONT>'PSYCHO' SHRINK SETTLES LAWSUIT
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By KIERAN CROWLEY


June 10, 2008 --
The Long Island psychiatrist who allegedly plotted to murder his patients and feed them to sharks settled a malpractice lawsuit against him by a former patient for $365,000 yesterday.

The former patient - identified only as "Dennis" - who shrink Richard Karpf enlisted in his bizarre plot to shoot seven patients, accepted the cash settlement just hours after the jury began deliberating.

"The jury was very kind and concerned about Dennis when we met afterwards," said his lawyer, Ruth Bernstein. "A couple of them expressed fears that the defendant might also come after them."

Karpf, 55, was arrested in January 2003 and charged with buying a pistol, silencer and ammo from an undercover cop who was contacted by Dennis after Karpf asked him during sessions for help in his slay plot. He later pleaded guilty and served three months in prison."
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