Christopher Pittman was 12 years old when he fatally shot both of his grandparents, just before setting fire to their house.  He was intoxicated with antidepressants.

After running away one night, state troopers picked him up and took him to an institutional facility for troubled kids.  Whilst there, he was first prescribed Paxil for mild depression.  When taken out of the facility by family members, he was taken to his grandparents, in the hope that the new atmosphere would help him.  He was immediately taken off of Paxil by a new doctor, without a weaning process, and was prescribed Zoloft.  Chris began to complain about side effects, including a burning sensation under his skin and difficulty sleeping.  Instead of removing the new medication, the doctor doubled his dosage.  Five days later, Chris committed the double murder.  The doctor was never charged for malpractice, or his involvement in the murders.  Instead, Chris was arrested, imprisoned for three years prior to his trial, tried in an adult court at age 15, found guilty of murder, and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment.

His right to a speedy trial, as guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment, was ignored.  No reasonable person would consider holding a 12-year-old for three years awaiting trial as constitutional.  For that reason alone, the court should have let Chris go, and in less corrupt times, it would have.  However, it was much easier for prosecutors to get a conviction against a 15-year-old, who looked more criminal after spending 3 years behind bars, than it would have been to try a 12-year-old in adult court.  We believe all of it was carefully orchestrated by the local court and law enforcement officials, as a way of illegally and unconstitutionally destroying a 12-year-old, who no jury would condemn.  This case is the embodiment of everything that is wrong with the juvenile justice system.

In 2005, the Supreme Court (Roper vs. Simmons) banned the execution of children, because such an act ignores the differences between children and adults, and the potential corrigibility of young offenders.  Based upon the spirit of that ruling, it should likewise be illegal to try any child as an adult, because such trials frequently accomplish equivalent punishments.

South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster

Chris has now been incarcerated for almost nine years, and was just granted a new trial by Circuit Judge Roger Young.  The judge said that Chris' attorneys were ineffective, and a plea deal was never given as an option.  Upon learning these events, the Attorney General of South Carolina, Henry McMaster began interfering with the due process of the court.  He has made it his personal mission to prevent Chris from getting a new trial.  We have to ponder about what sort of person would deny somebody a new trial, after the inmate was convicted under all those mitigating circumstances involving his responsibility.  Perhaps more prudent would be to question what McMaster has to lose if a new trial does take place.  After all, this is not the sort of trial that a State's Attorney General would normally become involved in, so we are pondering about who is pulling the strings.

As a result, we did some digging into Henry McMaster and found that he has a record of accepting dubious "donations".  He hired lawyers with state money, and then later received donations from them whilst in his employment.  When caught, he returned the money while maintaining that he "did nothing wrong".

We would like to request that all of our readers express their outrage toward Henry McMaster, and pass the word along about Chris Pittman, so that he may at last be given a fair trial.

We are also on the lookout for the prosecutor's guide that the pharmaceutical companies give to prosecutors to help them ensure maximum convictions for people who have had pharmaceutically-induced, psychotic, violent episodes.  The purpose of this guide is to ensure that few precedent setting victories take place, and that the effects of these drugs remain out of the media.  Pharmaceutical company lawyers have actually become involved in such cases directly, and have threatened kids saying "shut up or else", as happened during the Columbine shooting lawsuit that was dropped.

 

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Teresa Smith
# Teresa Smith 2010-09-05 12:18
Always look behind the curtain and see why someone is doing the things their doing. This poor little boy was not in his right mind, he was given these medications and as a child took them. He had a reaction like one would have with a medicine that gave hives or vomiting you can see that kind of reaction. However, with this medication he was probably hallucinating and did not know what was going on. One can see physical symptoms but not mental ones as drugs as the culprit. This Man Mr. McMaster has some sort of mental defect himself, and perhaps looking into this case is in someway acknowledging his own defects. This is a tragedy, as this now young man has to deal with what he did to his Grandparents. Let him out. However, he will need people to help him learn to live on his own as he lost years of learning on how to live on the outside.
Alfred Mewman
# Voodoo News Reports Alfred Mewman 2011-03-22 09:51
The SSRI's are among the most studied drugs in the world and nowhere in the literature is there any evidence to support the claims that it makes people into homicidal maniacs. In fact I would venture to say there is a much stronger case based on this kind of voodoo science that Aspirin is far more dangerous since almost every murderer, serial killer, or criminal has at one time taken that "poison" known as Aspirin. When "so-called Credible Sources" publish this garbage while ignoring the research I know their credibility is suspect. The simple fact is sometimes people do bad things.
As a professional I have yet to see a case where there was not "red flags" prior to the crimes. To say these events are unexplained and "out of nowhere" is just plain incorrect. A carefully done psychological investigation always reveals anticedents to the behaviors and clear indication of risk factors.
Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
# Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher) 2011-03-22 12:52
Actually, it is in the literature, and that is part of the reason for the black box warnings on these drugs. It is also the reason that these drugs are overwhelmingly unapproved for use in children.
gabriella johnson
# gabriella johnson 2011-08-04 12:29
I am so sad to read/hear of this. I was perscribed Zoloft for depression some years ago. I took myself off this medication because i felt out of control and homicidal. I was reacting to things in a very violent manner. I called suicide hotline int he middle of the night because I needed to talk to someone. They asked me if I wanted to hurt myself and I told them, 'no, i want to hurt other people'. the next day i stopped taking this medication.
My heart goes out to this boy and his family. I hope justice will be served.
christina delgado
# christina delgado 2011-08-05 03:53
Everyone should fight to get rid of Henry McMaster, he should be ran out of the state. Chris Pittman should have been given professional psychiatric help. Not prison, he was 12, what if that were his own son. I've taken Zoloft and tried to take my own life, I was haven nightmares about the devil and evil crap. It scared me so much that I told my husband I wanted to hurt myself or someone else. He helped me get off of the medication and I was taking 25 mil and Chris took 50mil. That is nuts at 12 years. McMaster needs to be ran out of office so someone with real concerns for children lives will be there to protect kids from pharmaceutical companies and makers like Zoloft. Chris Pittman should have received help not a jail cell. McMaster is more evil than the crime itself, what kind of man crucifies a 12 year old that obviously needs professional help. McMaster's you are a disappointing man that only cares about yourself, which is enough reason for you to be taken out of office, your there to protect and serve, not crucify and destroy more lives.
Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor)
# Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor) 2011-08-08 01:22
I believe he has already been run out of office for ethics reasons.

We're making a movie about this stuff. You really should contact us directly. Wanna be famous?
luke darby
# just come off anti depressents i was violent to th luke darby 2012-01-15 22:56
just come off anti depressents i was violent to those that was closest to me. this boy has already done time. and has been punished enough let the kid out
Tammy L Boyles
# Zoloft Tammy L Boyles 2012-11-02 17:46
My daughter was also on this Zoloft and it also made her bounce of the walls and become very, very aggressive in behavior. My husband and I had several calls to the Wintersville Police department in Ohio, she was arrested a couple times for attacking me physically and destroying things. This was not our child at all she was always soft spoken, well-mannered, and very loving and giving, so we knew it was from that crazy medicine and she to was only age 11 and or/ 12. She was only on the medicine a few weeks and we stopped giving it to her. I mean she was crazy she got out of handcuffs from the cops and everything and she couldn't have been more that 80lbs at that very tall and very, very thin. The punishment this boy has gotten is wrong, Justice period. I sure wish people would understand although people are on sych meds they are not always the right ones. My daughter has been off the Zoloft for several years since she is now a grown adult at 30 with 4 boys and a husband and has not ever had any trouble with ANGER, VILOINCE, OR ANYTHING. So yes I believe it was the meds he would not have done this in all hearts of hearts without those pills. I live through God and believe an eye for an eye but not if those pills caused it.
Zaydah Johnston
# Chris Pittman innocent Zaydah Johnston 2013-02-07 10:19
I was quite shocked when I heard this story. The exact same thing happened to a good friend of mine, he was very young and completely fooled by his doctor and used as an 'experiment' to try all sorts of drugs. He was dosed up to extremes on all sorts of medicines and antidepressants which ended up causing him to end up in Hospital in a serious condition with liver failure. Prior to this we were at school and always hung out. Everytime a 'new' drug was added to his list of medications he would tell me and also wrote down each. Zoloft was 1 of them and while my friend was taking this and staying in our home it affected his behaviour so badly. It caused him to be seriously manic & have wild outbursts....not good considering he is a gentle mind mannered person with lots of culture and spiritual beliefs. He is extremely caring, but when he was on this drug he was wild and erratic...a completely different person..it shocked me...I immediately requested he come of this and I would supervise his future care. Since coming off this drug and reducing the amount of medications to a reasonable level he has functioned very well with no incidents in the past 8 years. He has a job and a good family and is very very happy. He is definitely NOT taking Zoloft.

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