Northern Illinois Univ Killer Took Usual Deadly Cocktail Of Prescribed Drugs

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
February 21, 2008

Jessica Baty said that her boyfriend of two years, Steven Kazmierczak, 27, had been taking Xanax, used to treat anxiety, and Ambien, a sleep agent, as well as the antidepressant Prozac.  All apparently were doctor prescribed medications.

Mr. Kazmierrczak killed five students one week ago today at Northern Illinois University before he killed himself.

This undated image obtained from a MySpace webpage shows Steven ...
Kazmierczak (AP photo)

CNN said that Kazmierczak had been taking the three drugs prescribed for him by his psychiatrist, prior to the Northern Illinois University killings.

We at Peace and Freedom have written about the danger of these particular drugs before.  Moreover, nobody seems to know or understand what happens inside the human mind when these drugs are used in combination.

All of these drugs were found nearby the body of actor Heath Ledger after his death.


Actor Heath Ledger, 28, died January 22 at an apartment in Lower Manhattan.

Britney Spear and other troubled celebrities have also taken two or more of these drugs in combination and experienced personality changes.

Britney Spears is seen here in January 2008. A Los Angeles court ... 
Britney Spears is seen here in January 2008.  Her year so far has featured admission to a hospital psychiatric unit for evaluation, a continuing custody battle with her “ex” over her children and her own custody being awarded to her natural father because a court found her a danger to herself and others, officials said.
(AFP/File/Gabriel Bouys)


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USA Today
February 21, 2008
From staff and wire reports

DEKALB, Ill. — Steven Kazmierczak was an academic star at Northern Illinois University. Nowhere was that more apparent than in the Cole Hall auditorium where his passion for sociology began and where he returned to carry out his deadly attack.

Teachers saw a young man eager to learn. His books were littered with tabs, highlighting thoughts he literally wanted at his fingertips.

“He was just devastatingly good, he would talk about ideas,” said Jim Thomas, an emeritus professor of sociology and criminology at NIU.

That makes Kazmierczak’s assault on the hall where he took his first sociology class confusing to people who knew him.

“This young man enjoyed some of the greatest satisfaction and success of his life at this institution, and why he chose to come back to here and commit this heinous crime is a mystery,” NIU spokeswoman Melanie Magara said.

Last Thursday, the 27-year-old opened fire during a science lecture with a shotgun and pistols, killing five students before he committed suicide.

CNN reported Wednesday that Kazmierczak’s former girlfriend, Jessica Baty, said he had been taking Xanax, Ambien and Prozac, prescribed by a psychiatrist. Xanax is an anti-anxiety drug. Prozac is an antidepressant and Ambien is a sleeping aid. Baty said that she tried to persuade him to stop taking one of them and that he stopped taking Prozac three weeks before the attack.

It’s not unheard of for psychiatrists to prescribe all three drugs for one patient, and the combination isn’t necessarily problematic, said Emil Coccaro, psychiatry chief at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Baty also told CNN that Kazmierczak was “being secretive” with his computer. “When he would sit on the couch with his laptop, he would turn it away from me,” she said.

Police continued searching for motives as NIU prepared to mark the first week since the deadly rampage. Beginning today at 3:06 p.m. Central Time, people will observe five minutes of silence as bells at the Holmes Student Center and area churches chime until 3:11 p.m. — one minute for each slain student.

When classes resume Monday, there will be “a significant increase” in security on campus, NIU Police Chief Donald Grady said at a news briefing Wednesday. “We’re going to do everything we possibly can to make certain that not only are the students safe … but that they actually feel safe as well.”

He said investigators have interviewed 100 people and examined 120 pieces of evidence.

Kazmierczak left no suicide note, Grady said.

One Response to “Northern Illinois Univ Killer Took Usual Deadly Cocktail Of Prescribed Drugs”

  1. steve hayes Says:


    This is a tragedy. You have hit the nail squarely on the head. Remember Justice Potter Stewart’s comment on defining pornography–I know it when I see it.

    How can any intelligent person not see the connection here? Antidepressants lead to violence. There is a new study conducted in Sweden where they found that 52% of all the suicides by women in 2006 in Sweden had filled an antidepressant prescription within 180 days of their death. If you add suicide victims that used antipsychotic drugs this climbs to 60%. It was less for men–32% but 13% more were on antipsychotics.

    There is a link to this story at

    We have to wake up or none of us will be able to go outside without full body armor.

    Steve Hayes

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