David Crespi is serving a life sentence following his 2006 slaying of his five-year-old twin girls while being treated with antidepressant medications. David Carmichael, who has been found not criminally responsible and given an absolute discharge by the Canadian government for his 2004 slaying of his son, travelled to North Carolina earlier this month to address a symposium – organized by David Crespi’s wife Kim – to discuss the dangers of anti-depressant drugs and to support the “Crespi Family Hope” campaign to win David’s release.
Note from Kermit Cole, “In the News” editor:
I have modified the above post to reflect that David Carmichael was given a discharge by the Canadian government. I have left the reason out; that the government has decided he was “not criminally responsible” is something that might be reasoned from various perspectives; some would argue that he was insane, others that he was insane at the time because of the medications he was being given. Some would argue that questions of sanity are irrelevant and that one is responsible for one’s actions regardless of any possible mitigating circumstances. All are reasonable and defensible viewpoints.
I believe it is of interest to the readers of this website that these events occur, and that there be a lively conversation about them. I also believe there is evidence for violent actions taken by people against themselves or others that could be reasonably investigated for the role that medications may have played. I believe that this website’s purpose is for the pursuit of that conversation and investigation.
I hope that those who are struggling with issues related to this will find information and dialogue that helps in finding the truth for themselves, and that this conversation can be pursued with respect for the struggles each of us has in facing these wrenching and complex questions.
Whatever your viewpoint, I assume most people come to this website (or work on it) because their lives have been affected by the issues discussed. I hope, therefore, that all commenters will respect the struggles of even those they disagree with, understanding that the issues are more complex than any one of us has a right to claim a dispositive opinion about.