Leonie Fennell has just written about the case of John Deegan and Deirdre Keenan on her blog. It has all the hallmarks of a medication induced murder suicide. (see link)
John Deegan shot and killed Deirdre Keenan and then committed suicide, he was being ‘treated with medication’ for depression at the time.
These murder/suicides are very typical of SSRI (anti-depressant) induced mania, psychosis, akathisia, de-personalization, violence, suicide, and homicidal impulsivity.
All of the aforementioned effects are listed in the side effect section of SSRI Patient Information Leaflets by pharmaceutical companies, whom now acknowledge these risks. (see link)
There has been a spate of `these ‘out of the blue’ medication related murders, suicides and murder suicides over the past 20 years. The correlation has been well established.
Before the SSRI- age, depression was rarely, if ever, connected to violence, murder, murder-suicides or aggressive behavior.
But ever since the SSRI age came upon us, not a week goes by without a case of SSRI induced violence occurring. The cases that make the mainstream media are only the situations that we become aware of, but I am sure there are thousands more- less extreme- cases of SSRI violence which occur on a daily basis. (see link)
When will the governments, media and mainstream psychiatric profession, begin to warn the public about these grave risks to human life from SSRI side effects?
Killer’s mental health clue in murder of mother of six
The anguished mental state of 53-year-old John Deegan emerged as a post-mortem confirmed that both he and Deirdre Keenan died from gunshot wounds to the head.
Investigating gardai also disclosed they were satisfied that Mr Deegan and his 51-year-old girlfriend had not died in a suicide pact.
Officers believe Ms Keenan, a mother of six, including triplets, had no idea of the looming danger as Mr Deegan hit her with a single blast from the shotgun.
The shootings happened at the Stonehaven B&B at Centaur Street in Carlow town on Monday morning.
It is understood that Mr Deegan had been on medication prescribed by a doctor during the past couple of months.
Last night gardai were trying to establish if the couple had a row shortly before their deaths and whether the shootings had been a “spur of the moment” incident. Gardai have established that he was the legal owner of the shotgun used in the tragedy.
Detectives were interviewing friends of Mr Deegan to determine if he was in the habit of bringing his shotgun with him when he was travelling.
He had brought the weapon with him while the couple were on a few days’ break in Wexford and Carlow.
Gardai are also anxious to discover whether the couple had met while socialising, or had become friends on the internet.
The pair had separated from their spouses and, shortly after they met, agreed to set up home together in a newly purchased house at Lumcloon, Cloghan, near Birr, Co Offaly.
The couple decided last week to go away for a few days and spent Wednesday and Thursday night in the Wexford area.
On Friday they booked into another guesthouse in Carlow for the night and the following day opted to move to the Stonehaven for two nights.
When last seen alive, at around 1 o’clock on Monday morning in the Stonehaven pub, across the road from the guesthouse and owned by the same family, the couple were said by locals to have been in good form.
Regulars in the pub said the couple had been chatting with locals during the night and seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Gardai are now trying to find out what took place to spark off the shooting incident when they walked back to the guesthouse.
Mr Deegan shot Ms Keenan in an upstairs bedroom and then killed himself in a downstairs room.
The shotgun was found lying beside him when the two bodies were discovered around 1.30pm on Monday.
Inquiries have been extended to Co Wexford and to the Cloghan area in an effort to find out if the relationship had run into difficulties in the past couple of weeks.
Friends said that Mr Deegan did not appear to have any financial difficulties and had moved into the large two-storied house at Lumcloon less than three months ago, while his wife lived in the family home in Ballycumber, Co Offaly.
Deirdre Keenan split from her husband Charlie last September but many of her neighbours in the area where she grew up, Our Lady’s Place in Naas, Co Kildare, were not aware they had separated until they heard news of her tragic death.
A detailed forensic examination of the Stonehaven guesthouse has also been carried out by members of the garda technical bureau. The shotgun has been undergoing ballistic tests.
The two bodies were removed from the guesthouse on Monday night and a post- mortem examination, carried out by deputy State pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis, confirmed yesterday that both died from gunshot wounds to the head.
Gardai last night appealed to anybody who noticed any unusual behaviour in the Centaur Street area between 10pm on Sunday and 1pm on Monday to contact them at Carlow garda station. And the investigating officers are also anxious to hear from anybody, who might have had contact with the couple in the Wexford area last week.
Does Kathleen Lynch’s inaction make her partly responsible for the recent deaths of John Deegan and Deirdre Keenan?
This week the Irish Independent reported that John Deegan, a 53 year old farmer had shot and killed himself and his 51 year old partner Deidre Keegan. Both families are said to be ‘very shocked by what had happened’. It seems that this is another Irish case of murder/suicide, one in a long list of awful tragedies, and happening with increasing regularity.
Today the Independent reported that Mr Deegan had been suffering from depression and more importantly: “It is understood that Mr Deegan had been on medication prescribed by a doctor during the past couple of months.” The experts will say that incidents like this are enormously complex and that no-one knows the complexities or intent behind the perpetrator’s reasoning. What the experts won’t say is that these drugs can cause suicide, homicide, aggression, mania and akathisia (a known precursor to suicide and/or homicide). The dangerous period is upon starting, discontinuing and changing dosage (up or down). These are adverse effects of prescription drugs which are not widely known but the truth is, Minister Lynch, the person with responsibility for mental health, does know. She is well aware of the side-effects of prescription drugs.
The facts: Two experts met with Minister Lynch in Leinster House last May. Professor David Healy told Minister Lynch that SSRIs were causing people to kill themselves and kill others. He said that drug induced death ‘is the leading cause of death within the mental health field‘. Declan Gilsenan, assistant State Pathologist for over 30 years, told her of his ‘intuition’ that SSRI’s are causing suicides and that more people have died by suicide as a direct result of seeking help, than those who didn’t. He said in his 30-year experience carrying out post-mortems, he had seen way too many suicides of people who had just started on SSRI antidepressants. So you would think that Minister Lynch would have acted immediately in order to stop any more unnecessary deaths; nope, it doesn’t seem so! Despite both experts offering their services to stop the rising deaths, nothing has been done. It seems that upsetting psychiatry’s ‘medical model’ or pharma’s ‘apple cart’ isn’t an option.
Another issue is whether Mr Deegan was monitored when first prescribed these drugs. Was he warned of the risks/side-effects of SSRI’s in advance of prescription? These are two simple recommendations, among others, set down by the Irish Commission of Human Rights last year.
Co-incidentally, a few days before this latest tragedy happened, Prof Healy published this blog: Prescription-only Homicide and Violence. He also did a report for Shane’s Inquest which might be of interest, here. The Irish Government cannot cry foul at this stage, or say they were not aware, as the information below proves otherwise:
The Dáil; Here
The Seanad (Senate); Here
Leinster House; Here
IHRC Recommendations; Here
As for Kathleen Lynch, James Reilly and the latest Irish Government: In my opinion they are putting the pharmaceutical industry’s interests before the interests of the people they purport to serve.