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The Power to Harm
On September 14, 1989, Joseph Wesbecker entered a Louisville, Kentucky printing plant and shot twenty people with an automatic rifle before turning the gun on himself. Wesbecker had been severely depressed and was taking Prozac, and the families of the victims sued Prozac's manufacturer, Eli Lilly, on the grounds that the popular antidepressant had caused Wesbecker's ...more
Published February 1st 1998 by Penguin Books
(first published January 1st 1996)
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In 1989, Joseph Wesbecker took an AK-47 assault rifle to his former place of employment, wounded 12 people and killed 8 others. Wesbecker, disabled by depression, had been on disability leave for a year, and on Prozac for a month. He had been divorced twice, suffered significant workplace stress, and had a family history marked by serious psychiatric illness. The Power to Harm tells the story of the lawsuit the injured and the heirs of the killed brought against Eli Lilly, the maker of Prozac.