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Autism and the Scott Kologi New Jersey Slayings Case

Police-Crime-SceneNote: Autism not a defense in Long Branch family murder case, expert says

We're going to watch this case as it unfolds.  Scott Kologi is charged with murdering 4 family members on New Year's Eve with an assault style rifle. Media reports quote family and others as saying Kologi has autism.  The report below is troubling on  many levels. It seems callous in that it discounts his autism as a factor. We know that autism can be a severe disability even if a person seems "high functioning."   Autism is a spectrum disorder. And despite the push to normalize it, make it look like a gift or shiny new blades on a Swiss Army Knife for life, autism is a serious diagnosis that deserves respect. As do those with the diagnosis. Scott Kologi could be one of our own - if he faces adult prosecution, he's looking at either a long prison sentence or, if found mentally ill, psychiatric imprisonment. We are not condoning the crime by any means, but we hope the autism community - yours, ours, theirs, including the Neurodiversity community - will keep an eye on this boy's case. Autism does not mean violence. Our kids should not be cast as criminals or criminally insane.  With his parents dead, who will advocate for Scott? One article said his Mom took it upon herself to reach him to read when fellow students made fun of him. How's that for a warrior Mom? School may have just passed him through the grades. He did not attend his public high school. Not sure how much we will learn, since he is a minor. Stay tuned, and feel free to share any info you might have to add, especially if you're local.  Thanks.

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Kologi has been described as a special-needs student, and being on the autism spectrum, according to media interviews with neighbors, family friends and his grandparents. Bianchi said that even if the boy does fall on the autism spectrum that does not mean he will escape a murder conviction.

“We don’t know what this term ‘autism’ means,” he said. “Everybody’s throwing that out there as if he’s autisitic, therefore it’s a defense. That’s not accurate. Whatever his issues are, they have to be to a point where he does not appreciate the difference between right or wrong.”

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Autism not a defense in Long Branch family murder case, expert says
By Adam Hochron January 2, 2018 10:32 PM
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LONG BRANCH — One of the few things known about the 16-year-old boy accused of gunning down his parents, sister and family friend on New Year’s Eve is that he has a developmental disability. But attorneys representing the accused murderer will not be able to rely on that factor alone to defend him in court.

Scott Kologi is charged with killing his father, Steven Kologi, 44; his mother, Linda, 43; his 18-year-old sister, Brittany; and family friend Mary Schultz, 70.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said he intends to try the boy as an adult, which will happen only when a judge agrees to waive the case up to criminal court.

Former Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said moving the case to an adult courtroom as opposed to keeping it in the juvenile justice system would greatly increase the punishment the boy could face if convicted. An adult convicted of murder would face a minimum sentence of 30 years in prison, while a conviction in juvenile court would result in just a couple of years behind bars.

“Essentially, the difference is that where an adult court is about punishment and deterrence, the juvenile justice system is about rehabilitation of the offender,” Bianchi said. “The idea there is they’re going to try and rehabilitate him as a juvenile offender, as opposed to the adult system … where it’s merely punishment.”  Read more here.

 

 

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dude

If I acted like this fat chef, would I get away with it like he does? This is what I am talking about when I question how "aggression" is tallied. If the fat chef beats and kicks people, it's just screwing around. If I did that I'd be imprisoned.

(I edited out the youtube links to the two below videos to see if this would post because I was having trouble getting the site to let me post. Yup, won’t let me post with the youtube links, but you can still copy and paste the titles into youtube to watch the vids.)
The Best Savage Moments Of Chef Gordon Ramsay TRY NOT TO LAUGH CHALLENGE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzZtjy1sTZs

What is it with TV chefs anyway? This has been going on since at least Lenny Henry in Chef. See the 2 minute mark of the below vid. Apparently when normal people kick and punch each other it is just “messing around” and “dudes just being dudes”… funny how that works.

Celebrity Chefs Who Completely Lost It On Camera

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb4Rz1OoWsI

This is where this is going, electroshock for acting like Gordon Ramsey and that fat spikey haired chef.

https://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/news/20121218/aspergers-violence#3

“But the storms were terrible. When her son was 9, they had him committed to the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore for a year, where he was given a diagnosis of bipolar disorder in addition to his autism.
A 2008 review found that 84% of violent offenders with autism also had co-existing psychiatric disorders at the time they committed the crime.

Lutz says that in her son’s case, electroshock therapy to control the bipolar disorder has helped.
“He’s still very autistic, but the rage is gone,” she says”


Keep in mind

http://paulacdurbinwestbyautisticblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/washington-post-autism-mass-murder.html


“Allely et al. have a study that attempts to show a linkage between autism, head injury, and mass murder/serial killing. The study does nothing of the sort, although it makes the attempt. I apologize for the small print in this chart. Since the chart is being copied by news outlets using the sensational headline “Recipe for a serial killer?” I decided to use the author’s own chart to refute the alarmist “recipe” hype. This current “study” is just another version of the damaging stereotypes of autism that are negligently and deliberately put out by the media and researchers looking to cash in on popular and discriminatory images of autism."

Image 2: Chart of six killers with a "definite" ASD diagnosis. Only one, Reilly, has information that suggests a definite diagnosis. The others are not verifiable with the information given by the study authors.”

“mike stanton said...
It gets better (or worse, depending on your point of view). Nicky Reilly, the only person with a confirmed diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome in the study did not kill anybody. He converted to Islam and was persuaded to become a suicide bomber by extremists. The attempt failed. The only person injured was himself.
May 25, 2014 at 7:13 AM “

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/abcs-child-psychiatry/201705/the-link-between-autism-and-violence-isn-t-autism

“Here, it might be useful to pull back from the fancy statistical analyses a bit and keep in mind that 96% of the individuals with an autism diagnosis (with many also meeting criteria for another diagnosis as well) were not convicted of any violent offense.”


I wonder how many autists will be killed in all these wars started by neurotypicals for nothing more than resources, money and power… or how many autists will be stabbed to death, or molested, or beaten, or otherwise exploited by normal people.


dude

Also, did that study (referenced below) compare non disabled to autists? Because I recall kids being far more violent toward me that I ever was toward them. Of course, teachers never did anything about it. And another thing that bothers me is situations like that case with that Logan kid, where he slaps another kid that is beating on him, but he gets punished and not the other kid. Are atutistic kids more violent than normal kids? Is the violence of normal kids ignored while the violence of autistic kids isn't? How is this "aggression" being quantified and tallied?


here is the case I was referring to:

"https://www.iancommunity.org/cs/simons_simplex_community/aggression_and_asd

To quote the key paragraph:

"Among the entire group of 1,380 children with ASD, the researchers found that 56% were engaging in aggressive behaviors towards caregivers, while a smaller number (32%) engaged in these behaviors towards non-caregivers. Similarly, 68% of the children had previously behaved aggressively towards caregivers and 49% towards non-caregivers. These are extremely high rates, especially when compared with those for people who have intellectual disability (ID) but not autism. Aggressive behavior has been documented in only 7-11% of these individuals.""

dude

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/abcs-child-psychiatry/201705/the-link-between-autism-and-violence-isn-t-autism

"The pattern of results that they found nicely illustrate both 1) why people might think a link between autism and violence exists, and 2) why this conclusion is ultimately much more complicated. In terms of raw numbers, a total of 4.4% of individuals with autism had been convicted of a violent crime versus 2.6% of individuals without autism. Analyzing this in a more statistically comprehensive way, the authors of the study found that there continued to be about a 40% increased risk between autism and conviction for a violent crime event after mathematically accounting for things such as age, sex, and some parental factors. Furthermore, this increased risk appeared stronger among individuals who had autism but who did not meet criteria for an intellectual disability. However, when the researchers also took into account other psychiatric disorders the individuals had, in particular ADHD and Conduct Disorder, the association with autism faded away and became statistically nonsignificant. Indeed, the presence of autism among individuals diagnosed with ADHD or Conduct Disorder tended to reduce the risk of violent crime. (Yes I know some people don’t count autism as a psychiatric disorder but that is another story that you can read more about here.)

The authors concluded that what appears to be a link between autism and violent crime is actually explained by other psychiatric disorders, including ADHD and Conduct Disorder.

For those unfamiliar with the diagnosis, Conduct Disorder is a psychiatric disorder that describes people who tend to frequently break rules and violate the rights of others. In many ways, it is a diagnosis that explicitly describes criminal behavior. At the risk of getting a little technical, it is a bit statistically funky to include essentially criminal behavior as an independent predictor of other criminal behavior but the fact that co-occurring ADHD also diminishes the link between autism and violence lends some additional credence that it is not autism per se that is driving the association with violent crime. About 25% of the autism group also met criteria for ADHD while only about 4% met criteria for conduct disorder.

The bottom line for this study was that it does not appear that autism on its own is a risk factor for becoming violent against other people. This news will likely be highly welcomed by the autism advocacy community which has maintained this view all along and now has some good data to support it. However, the study could raise some concern among other mental health advocacy groups that are already concerned about the stigma associated with the perception that psychiatric disorders are associated with an increased propensity toward violence. Here, it might be useful to pull back from the fancy statistical analyses a bit and keep in mind that 96% of the individuals with an autism diagnosis (with many also meeting criteria for another diagnosis as well) were not convicted of any violent offense. "

dude

Johnathan Rose, do you work for the people pushing electroshock and risperdal for autism?

Because that is where this looks like this is headed.

https://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/news/20121218/aspergers-violence#3

"A 2008 review found that 84% of violent offenders with autism also had co-existing psychiatric disorders at the time they committed the crime.

Lutz says that in her son’s case, electroshock therapy to control the bipolar disorder has helped.

“He’s still very autistic, but the rage is gone,” she says."

dude

Jonathan Rose, what was the definition of aggressive?

dude

1) The should just rename autism "brain damage", cus that's what it is
2) Are there actually any studies that show non drugged autists are more violent than normal people, you know, those normal people who autists are many times physically and verbally abused by, those normal people who are themselves prone to violence? Last I looked we were more likely to be the victims of violence, not more likely to be violent.
3) Many austists are abused, badly. If there is any correlation between autism and violence, it is more likely a correlation between abuse and violence. People who are treated poorly are more likely to be violent. I think the inner city issues show this pretty well.
4) Why is it okay for normal people to do things like break plates or throw a frying pan through a window, yet when an autist does it it's all "oh noez, autism"

I mean, we see non autistic people be violent all the time. Why doesn't anyone ask why normal people are so violent? Back in that incident where those ladies stabbed that autistic man to death, no one ask if neurotypicals are prone to violence. Instead you could see in the comments section where people tried to justify the stabbing as reasonable because dealing with an autist is so hard.

I mean, why the double standard?

Ann D

I am watching and saddened for all. As a 13 YO high functioning Autistic child this is the fear of my daily life, and I DO NOT fear for my safety ever. While guessing entirely, I can totally image possible scenarios that would be heart breaking. For a Neuro-atypical child, their response to stress is varied and TOTALLY unpredictibal. NOT ALL THE TIME, but there are always moments when as the person who knows him best, I am like "WHAT?" A seemingly poor example for this case: my son- 13 yo, 7th grade in the highest portion of his regular classroom academically, surprised me recently. It was the most heinous act, it was the total lack of understanding. I dropped him at front door of a diner type restaraunt, walked in a few minutes later. Two boys were saying. "Hey those are ours"", my son walking away from their table (they were at counter) " Sorry, I didn't know". I asked what he was doing and he was taking their French fries. I said "what? what are you thinking?" He said "there were no people there, I thought you could. I knew if there were people there, I couldn't." This bizarre inability to take known fact and apply them to real life situations is... bizarre. We have not had issues for the better part of a year but I have been called to school countless times, for kicking teacher, stabbing with pencil, throwing desks in a classroom and on and on. Always over a seemingly benign issue. Most often stress over being asked to do something that is stressful for him. When he is in hightened stress, I would say he is not able to have logical thought. if he is questioned about an event he can state the right and wrong and feel remorse that he could not feel it at the time. And he does not understand consequences. He thinks the event is over, so the consequences are no longer relevant, because the situation is not occurring any longer. I could see this entire tragedy being caused by a family game gone wrong, or a movie with a tragic angst producing tragedy ( and in my life that has been "Finding Nemo").
I would bet people without a child like this will never understand, and will easily pass judgement on the need to have him be tried as an adult or how if his parents did a better job of disciplining him before... or what ever misconception that may surface, based on lack of seeing it first hand. I don't blame them. It is the bases for all prejudice, lack of knowledge and understanding. The real issue that "the world and the media" should focus on is the lack of mental health support in this country. The loop holes for insurance companies in states with "mandated Autism treatment" because they are "self insured" and then they don't have to pay for treatment. Evidence suggest intense behavioral therapy 20 hours a week can make the changes to impact the lives of these individuals... and clearly those who live around them.
Most parents of autistic children will never have this to deal with, but I feel it could be anyone. And while everything I say is without facts of this case. I bet he was a nice boy, I bet he was well liked. I bet he was basically docile and non-violent, "although there was that time___". I think there is not adequate treatment and as parents, we do the best we can to prevent pain and suffering to our kids, our selves and world around us, but we do not have the time, money or ability to give them everything they need, I wondered if any of the families financial woes came from trying to pay for therapy that the insurance would not cover? Or the inability to have two parents work. I am a nurse, my ex-husband left, I work full-time. I have worked for 4 different HOSPITAL SYSTEMS, that the insurance excluded coverage for Autism. Lack of treatment and lack of support is why these things happen. It can. be a very alienating reality, for the child and the family. My deepest prayers go to this boy and his surviving family members.

Benedetta

In Kentucky; if my son was able to get SSI, he would receive 2000 dollars period - for an entire year.
I guess if he got SSI, he would then have gotten medicaid along with that. Maybe food stamps.
I don't see the government paying a 1000 dollars a year let alone a month for a parent to care for our child?

I have a sister-in-law (in Mississippi; the vaccine Draconian empire and she has twin boys (grown men now) that have autism; IQ are borderline 70. She can get nothing for them, she has tried really hard. They both even have some pretty severe health problems. Their esophagus narrow or rather swells up so much that at times they cannot even drink water. What do you think about that?

Their jobs they have held is a bagger at a grocery store, a furniture mover for the school system, and finally a good paying job 15 dollars an hour as a dish washer at one of the army camps near by. Of course that job caused one to get pneumonia.

John Stone

Cia

This is hard beyond words for you, and the final commentary on the inhumanity of the system.

It’s pathetic in the face of the Kologi case that all the state prosecutor can think of doing is to incarcerate him for 30 years or for good - make him responsible for things a he could not possibly be responsible for, for the greater convenience. This is not a great nation.

Without commenting on the specific case I believe a lot of violent behaviour in autistic people can be related to digestive distress they cannot even explain. Obviously, psychotropic drugs might be implicated, and the casual availability of firearms does not help. The big trouble with weapons is that they are fine until someone gets angry, or has an accident.

cia parker

It's all total ignorance. Here I was told that not even low or non-verbal autistic, or mentally retarded, students may use textbooks or instructional materials adapted to their comprehension level. All have to use the same grade-level textbooks. The state has no plan in place for caring for adult autists. They can get a room in a state-sponsored apartment building, but there is no supervision. They can get $125 a month in food stamps, a max of $600 SS, help from Voc Rehab in finding and keeping a job, a monthly taxi allowance, and that's it. It's assumed that my daughter, for instance, could take care of herself come May, when she turns 18. That she could cope with everything necessary when they hand her her food stamp card. That she can make a grocery list, call a taxi (she's never talked on the phone at all, ever), get to the store, buy her food, get it home, store it, cook it, etc. etc. And the apartment rent would take three-quarters of her SS money. Just imagine it. Leave her in her one-room apartment and say Well, there you are, all set for life.

Our county case manager doesn't think I should apply for court custody of her. She said What, do you think she's going to run away with a drug gang? She doesn't want to continue living with me once she graduates in a year and a half. She may live with an old teacher and her family, I don't know yet if they're going to want me to make monthly payments which would be more than I can afford. The state has been paying for independent speech therapy for her (she likes the therapist), and has been paying $248 a month for Friday-Sunday respite care one weekend a month with the teacher I just mentioned. Quite a bit for very little. The state now says that if I don't quality for Medicaid, and I don't, they're going to start making us pay part of what it's been paying, I assume because the numbers are continuing to explode and it's just becoming unfeasible for the state to keep paying for so much.

I read in Autism Adulthood that there was a Medicaid program which paid $1000 to a caregiver who lived with two autistic young people. Our therapist said that another mom asked her about whether it's available in Missouri, but I don't think it is. Does anyone know anything about these things? What do people do in this situation?

Jonathan Rose

There's been a follow-up on the Kologi homicide, which at least addresses the taboo subject of a possible connection between autism and violence, even if it ultimately shies away from that conclusion:

http://www.app.com/story/news/crime/2018/01/05/long-branch-shooting-did-autism-violence/996102001/

By the way, if you actually read the linked study "recent review of two decades’ worth of research looking into the relationship between autism and violent acts", you'll find a lot of compelling evidence that there is a strong connection.

I also note, on Google News, that this case is getting covered in France, Poland, Italy, Brazil, Serbia, Latvia, and Taiwan -- but apparently no coverage at all in the United States outside of New Jersey and New York City.

Peter Miles

Isn't a key consideration here whether Scott understood the consequences of his behaviour?

We also have a son who is predisposed to aggressive behaviour and we often had issues with schools because they were always asking us to take him home due to aggressive incidents. The primary reason was always that the Principal had to ensure the safety of his staff. After a while we were getting fed up with this so I asked if he was being suspended, at which point the Principal became a little bit nervous because a suspension means the school trustees need to be involved and they will certainly ask if the student understood the consequences of his behaviour. The issue here was that the school could not or would not provide adequate supports, i.e. an Aide who understood autism and was trained in aggressive incident management (would you expect a prison warden to be able to handle unruly prisoners? or would the Superintendent send a prisoner home because he had to look out for the safety of his staff?).

But who looks out for the safety of the family? It's a failure all around, Scott couldn't get the supports he needed and the family were on the front line with nothing they could fall back on to keep them safe. And now, Scott has to endure all kinds of bizarre circumstances as "leaders" in his community debate and argue, and "public minded citizens weigh in, all coming from positions of total ignorance.

bob moffit

@ Cia

"I don't think the most important question is Why? It comes down to brain damage which no one knows how to correct."

With all due respect .. the following article quotes a Professor Tyrer .. who asked the very same question .. "why" .. after studying the possible link between SSRI's linked to murders, murderous thoughts

"http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/25/antidepressants-linked-murders-murderous-thoughts/http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/25/antidepressants-linked-murders-murderous-thoughts/

"Although the link between murders and antidepressants in cases referred to the MHRA do not mean the drugs caused the events, Prof Tyrer told programme-makers that the extreme side effects of the drugs should be investigated further.

“You can never be quite certain with a rare side-effect whether it’s linked to a drug or not because it could be related to other things,” he said.

“But it’s happened just too frequently with this class of drug to make it random. It’s obviously related to the drug but we don’t know exactly why.”

We can agree that it may well be "brain damage which no one knows how to correct" .. but .. we also should agree every effort ought to made guaranteeing the SSRI's are the "solution" they are believed to be ... rather than the "problem" that Tyrer fears they may have become.

cia parker

Bob,

I don't think the most important question is Why? It comes down to brain damage which no one knows how to correct. My autistic --- is verbally (never physically) very aggressive, we're talking about very free use of the words "kill" and "die" personally directed at certain people (including ---). Never been on any psychotropic drug, or any other drug except for antibiotics for a sinus infection over ten years ago. Many supplements, though. Typical people simply would not do this, and certainly never act on it. If the immediate trigger was a mind-altering prescription drug, you have to consider why it was given to start with, usually for some demonstration of aggression, so that even withdrawing the drug would usually not correct the problem.

I don't think there is a solution. Right now there are very few state-paid institutions for either juvenile or adult autists, and for many they would be unwarranted and cruel for those who have not committed any violent crime. So they're both not there and wouldn't be an answer in most cases. I'm strongly against psychotropic drugs, but recognize that in some cases, like seizure disorders, their use might (or might not) be warranted.

The only solution for those yet undamaged is to refuse the hep-B vaccine for those in hep-B free families. Refuse the pertussis vaccine at any age, but keep newborns sheltered at home for their protection in the first three or four months. Refuse the MMR. Get the homeopathic rubella nosode shortly before getting pregnant. Refuse Prevnar, chickenpox vaccine, hep-A vaccine, rotavirus vaccine, flu vaccine. Breastfeed. Only get Hib between four and eighteen months old if absolutely necessary (not breastfed and in daycare). Refuse polio unless it comes back here. Consider DT after two years old. And then there would be very little or no vaccine brain damage.

Grace Green

I'm struck by the comment' "We don't know what this term 'autism' means", though I can't work out who Bianchi is. If the term autism has no meaning then we really ought to start calling it what it is, and then people in the criminal justice system could be treated appropriately. Someone with, say, Down's Syndrome would not be described as mentally ill, yet would never be treated as able to distinguish between right and wrong, but would have the right to be looked after. What is going on?

Thomas

Of course, this is a very sad case from all angles. What this story illustrates, in my opinion, is how terrible news reporting from the mainstream media leaves a population with VERY LOW levels of education on so many issues. Autism is but one of many issues about which our population knows next to nothing and what they DO "know" is wrong.

Most Americans know little about these topics:

(a) Autism: it's incidence, dramatic increase over the past four decades and huge financial costs for health care providers, the parents and the burden's on States' school budgets. Ditto for a variety of developmental challenges and other chronic ailments that now are epidemic in our children today.
(b) The environmental causes which are almost completely ignored by the media. When you add sky high pollution levels from all sources (food, pesticides, drugs, geoengineering activities, EMF pollution), it's no wonder that so many sad stories of killings make the news--almost weekly, all across America.
(c) The enormous physical, emotional and financial burdens for parents and other family members
(d) The enormous challenges for the victims themselves--low levels of respect--esp. by peers in school, the inability to behave properly (not that young folks are the best at interacting with others), and the inability to take part in "normal" activities--music, sports, games, etc.

Alexander Schauss wrote, "Diet Crime and Juvenile Deliquency" in 1966 and since then, occasional works on this topic have highlighted the extreme importance of OPTIMUM HEALTH for OPTIMAL BEHAVIOR. Can you imagine a child from Amish Country, PA or Western New York shooting their parents? No! HEALTHY kids don't do this sort of thing.

And therein lies the rub: We do NOT want to confront ANY of the issues raised by my post, and nor do we want to confront the two elephants in the room: The enormous aluminum burden on our children and adults alike from both aerial spraying activities and vaccines (aluminum from food is very poorly absorbed by the gut), is "messing up" our brains on so many levels. No wonder we're so screwed up! Add to this the scourge of lazy reporters who can't and won't do their job (see Anne Dachell's excellent book on the BIG Autism Coverup), and we'll have sad stories--like the above--with NO context whatsoever.

Context? The child may NOT have been one of the two percent of our children born today with ASD, IF not poisoned earlier in life.

reader

What a tragic situation for everyone involved.

NJ ranks 3rd top pharmaceutical hub in the US: https://blog.proclinical.com/top10-pharmaceutical-hubs-in-the-usa

New "developments" in NJ healthcare described today: http://www.nj.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2018/01/horizon_bets_15m_that_technology_can_help_people_g.html

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/resources/executive-moves/details/3/3438692

https://www.owler.com/reports/quartet-health/david-liu-joined-as-president-and-chief-operating-/1483632000943

Word to the wise, IMO: https://www.propublica.org/podcast/breakthrough-curiosity-drove-her-to-call-1000-people

nhokkanen

Many people with autism carry a dual diagnosis of a mental illness. Both disorders are too often treated with psychotropic meds that can exacerbate dysfunction or create new symptoms, especially during trial phases by physicians who don’t test first to determine true causality (e.g. PANS) or biological compatibility.

Another overlap between autism and mental illness is government research (mis)management such as the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The September 2017 NIMH Strategic Plan for Research “strongly encourages investigators to use a standard set of common data elements, when available, to capture phenotypic and genomic data.” The NIMH Data Archive contains the National Database for Autism Research (NDAR).
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/strategic-planning-reports/strategic-research-priorities/index.shtml

Dr. Thomas Insel headed NIMH from 2002 through 2015 — during autism’s explosion — and chaired the useless Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. After 13 years of failing to act on or even document steeply increasing reports of mental and physical damage following vaccination, Insel is finally admitting to his agency legacy of stagnation and retrogression.

“Insel himself criticized NIMH’s lack of fruitful results during his tenure there as director, despite 3,000 researchers working and billions spent. ‘You’ll think that I probably ought to be fired,’ he would tell audiences, ‘and I can certainly understand that.’”
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/07/the-smartphone-psychiatrist/528726/

So much data, so little progress. Pitiful.

Tim Lundeen

@Jonathan Rose -- thanks, good comment.

Jonathan Rose

First, we have to scotch the myth that autistic kids are rarely violent. It is true that they rarely engage in *planned* violence, such as terrorism, and for obvious reasons: anyone who has serious problems with executive functioning will have difficulty building a bomb, and al-Qaida doesn't provide accommodations for autistic employees. But unplanned impulsive violence (such as this case) is all too common, as confirmed in this study:

https://www.iancommunity.org/cs/simons_simplex_community/aggression_and_asd

To quote the key paragraph:

"Among the entire group of 1,380 children with ASD, the researchers found that 56% were engaging in aggressive behaviors towards caregivers, while a smaller number (32%) engaged in these behaviors towards non-caregivers. Similarly, 68% of the children had previously behaved aggressively towards caregivers and 49% towards non-caregivers. These are extremely high rates, especially when compared with those for people who have intellectual disability (ID) but not autism. Aggressive behavior has been documented in only 7-11% of these individuals."

Of course, we don't want to stereotype all ASD kids as violent, especially as support services are often withdrawn from those who are violent (ie, those who need help most). But the hard truth is that the majority are violent, dangerous to themselves and/or others around them. Autism literally drives them insane, to the point where they can no longer control their actions. In many cases SSRIs may well be aggravating the problem, and that should definitely be investigated. But I don't believe that 68% of ASD are on SSRIs, and if they aren't, then autism itself is the sole culprit. So I think Kologi's defense attorney could make a very strong case for an insanity plea. And if he does, that could do much to raise public awareness about how much damage autism (and perhaps SSRIs) can do to an individual.

cia parker

It's going to have to be imprisonment of one kind or another. It would be criminal to allow a man who shot four relatives in cold blood to remain free to kill someone else he became annoyed with. Whatever impelled him to commit this crime, it means it's not safe for anyone else in the world to allow him his freedom.

bob moffit

I am waiting for his defense attorney to issue a statement as to how the accused will eventually plead .. guilty or not guilty. A plea of guilty would clearly indicate the accused has no defense .. case closed. A plea of not guilty .. by reason of insanity .. will likely result in a lengthy trial .. with "expert witnesses" from both sides .. each having differing "expert" opinions on the extent of the accused mental state.

If there is a lengthy trial .. I suspect the defense attorney's will reveal the mental state history of the accused .. including .. any and all medications (SSRI's) the accused had been prescribed .. over the course of his short life .. and .. whether the accused incomprehensible actions may have been due to those medications.

In any event, in a family tragedy like this ... the MOTIVE for the accused will be critical to determining the accused guilt. So far .. there have been no media reports the accused had anger or hatred for those he murdered ... in fact .. from what I have read .. neighbors have spoken highly of the family's .. including the accused son ... loving relationship with each other. No previous reports of the accused harming or threatening his family.

To me .. this young man appears to have SNAPPED .. the question is WHY?


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