Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza’s Psychiatrist Arrested


The psychiatrist who treated Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza has been arrested for sexual misconduct with a 19-year-old patient, for distribution of controlled substances, and for questionable billing practices and patient records retention. When detectives investigating the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School talked with Paul Fox in 2012, he told them that he had destroyed any records he had of his treatment of Lanza — two years too soon.

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According to the Hartford Courant, the New York Daily News, and the website AbleChild, Paul Fox – the psychiatrist who treated Sandy Hook mass-murderer Adam Lanza – has been arrested for, among other things, conducting a year-long relationship with a 19-year-old client. Fox was prescribing numerous – “three or four” – mind-altering drugs to the patient, according to AbleChild, as well  free drug samples. The patient’s mother reported that, “she was turning into a zombie.”

In 2014 AbleChild filed a Freedom of Information Act request for information on the Sandy Hook investigation, in response to Connecticut Assistant Attorney General Patrick B. Kwanashie’s refusal to release the information, for fear that such a disclosure would “cause a lot of people to stop taking their medications.”

AbleChild asks several question following Fox’s “odd” arrest at this time, among them:

  • Will Sandy Hook investigators request Fox’s billing records for psychiatric “treatment” of Adam Lanza?
  • Why did the state wait a year before releasing the name of Adam Lanza’s treating psychiatrist?
  • Did Adam Lanza, while under the psychiatric care of Dr. Fox or while a patient at Yale Child Study Center, participate in a clinical trial?
  • Could Nancy Lanza’s notes, now being withheld by the state, provide additional information about the treatment Adam Lanza received while under Fox’s care that might expose further violations of FDA clinical trial record retention laws?


Arrest of Psychiatrist Who Treated Adam Lanza May Lead to Answers in Murder Investigation (AbleChild)

Psychiatrist Who Treated Adam Lanza Charged With Sexually Assaulting Patient (Hartford Courant)

Ex-psychiatrist to Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza charged with sexual assault of former patient (NY Daily News)

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. as well free drug samples…. turning into a zombie..

    Zyprexa, it HAD to be.

    “turning into”

    Most of the other drugs zombify immediately but it takes a wile for that insidious Zyprexa – olanzapine to do its evil thing I can best describe as a robbery.

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    • Go to Wikipedia and compare the molecular structure’s of olanzapine to any benzodiazepine. And you may be surprised as to why it’s referred to as an atypical antipsychotic. It’s basically a benzodiazepine that’s been denatured so as to minimize any pleasurable a/effects one might feel after consumption of the chemical. Here, let me copy/paste the chemical name for you: 2-Methyl-4-(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)-10H-thieno[2,3-b][1,5]benzodiazepine. That’s pretty interesting, huh? But if you ask a shrink he or she will try and persuade you that it’s not “addictive” and that you need it in your system for prolonged duration’s to correct an imbalance in your CNS. It’s probably just best to avoid psychiatry all together and self medicate in total defiance of any medical orthodoxy. You can drink alcohol everyday for the next ten years and never become alcohol-dependent. You can take a short half-life pill like Xanax every day for the next ten year’s and never become Xanax-dependent. But if you take these new novel supposedly “non-addictive” AD’s and AP’s for 4-6 week’s as suggested, then you have to take it everyday at the same time not to feel good or better. But to keep from feeling suicidal. If you ask me, I think it’s all a big conspiracy. I think the new drug’s are conspiratorially manufactured to give you the very symptom’s/disorder’s they (big pharma) claim their drug’s treat in the first place. So you’ll not only be dependent on the dope, but your nearest CVS, Rite Aid, Wal-Mart and whatever big retail pharmacy is closest to your residence. That’s why dr.s are starting this new trend of asking their patients – “so, what pharmacy do you use?” Sad but true.

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      • I know that ,

        I went through Zyprexa-olanzapine withdrawal and it made Xanax withdrawal seem like a walk in the park.

        Long story I was given the Devil Satan drug Zyprexa after kicking Xanax for the anxiety and insomnia, when I quit that zombie hell drug I got sicker than almost death itself.

        Those things posing as human beings at Eli Lilly had to pay a little profit in fines when they were busted hiding side effects and marketing off label to children.

        The should been sent to a dark place under the prison until they go to real hell. They knew what they were doing.

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      • Olanzapine is just plain EVIL. It gives no pleasure at all and is amazingly addictive – being addicted to a drug of total dis-pleasure was hell…but coming off it was worse.

        …and becoming addicted to it because of 6 weeks forced “treatment” as an involuntary patient in a closed psychiatric ward when I had never been “psychotic” until being locked up….

        …what can/does one say?

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        • The way you described the paradox “being addicted to a drug of total dis-pleasure” Perfect.

          The only “pleasure” that drove that addiction was that it would make that hellish impending terror feeling go away that that that wicked sh*t caused in the first place if you didn’t take it.

          I have noticed online that only with Zyprexa / Olanzapine do people use the words evil and hell and devil to describe it all the time. People say Abilify sucks, Zoloft is trash, Strattera is just a scam…. But anger and hate is in most of the Zyprexa posts about the sickness and misery it gave them.

          But what makes it the most Evil Hell Satan Devil drug is that the person on it feels absolutely HORRIBLE but outside observers say they look “better” , and that is just plain evil at work perpetuating itself.

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  2. This story is just so darn creepy.

    And we have all these videos claiming the whole thing was a hoax to disarm the American population.

    I don’t want to get into the impossible to prove but like millions of other people with televisions I watched the story unfold I noticed every time they had “breaking news” it was the same recycled old lack of news and they never reported anything. This went on for months “breaking news” keep watching keep watching wile we don’t report anything.

    I thought the weeks of the Casey Anthony “news” was the worst television news assault on the population ever till Sandy Hook came along. I hated hearing about that Casey Anthony story over and over and over months of it.

    But that Sandy hook was creepy and not right, they are lying about something. I had that feeling before I ever saw one of those sandy hoax videos or anyone called it out as a hoax. Maybe it was just creepy cause they jumped to politicize it so fast. But is was weird creepy weird.

    So if the story is true and just missing tons of information what did this “doctor” do to this kid with those drugs ???

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  3. “evil has always been here”

    “in regard to the saying that evil has cam to newtown. it has been here cinc the
    erly 1900s in a place that was suposed tobe a place of healing. the place is
    fairfeid hills state hospital. a place of unspeakable evil. labutomys . mayhem
    shock treatment. the physucal brewtality that took place. maybe this is pay back cause what goes around. comes around how meny of newtowns residentce that worked there may have taken part of the mistreatment of the patients at fairfield hills state hospital. its to bad that innacent little children have to pay the price of evil. like so meny little towns across america that look so idillic. how mouch evil are they hidding behind closed and locked doors ”

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  4. When I read about his side effects to Celexa and Lexapro, from the sound of it I thought Lanza had serotonin syndrome from small doses of those medications. As someone who has medication sensitivities I find that too many prescribers don’t really take my side effects seriously and I doubt many people were to take Lanza seriously either. If he was having drugs pushed on him that his body couldn’t handle, it makes me wonder if maybe they caused some permanent brain damage or personality changes.

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  5. In addition, while it’s probably no secret around here that SSRIs can cause behaviors that mimic bipolar mania, SSRIs certainly cause behaviors that look like autism as well – like stimming and hand flapping, etc but probably more rarely. I figure if Lanza was sensitive to the medication he may have been misdiagnosed with autism or aspergers. Obviously I don’t have enough information to know any of this so I’m just raising the possibility.

    Also, honestly, I’ve experienced the autism-like side effects (among other more dangerous ones) which is why I know they’re possible. Eventually I stumbled upon some reports from other people who had the same experiences online and felt less crazy lol.

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    • Most people seem to be commenting on possible drugs involved and opining on psychiatric treatment generally.

      Certainly more facts are needed and will come to light in the trial before a judgement on the doctor’s behavior is handed down. I wonder how much information will be allowed into the public domain…are trials in the US always open to public/media scrutiny?

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