Poem: Which Pill Did He Take?
Was the Batman Shooter on Antidepressants?

As the sun is setting,
And the flags are flying at half mast,
Shrouding the tears from the twelve who can cry no longer,
I have to ask,
Which pill did he take?
Was it red?
Was it blue?

Any pill,
Any pill at all,
To cover his pain,
Until his pain became rage,
Mixed with chemically induced mania, psychosis,*
Stuffed inside one man,
Until it shot out of him,
In the form of bullets.

And pill pushers reaped the profits.
While the victims paid the price.

And so I must ask again,
Which pill did he take?
Was it red?
Was it blue?

But in the media there is silence….
And more silence…
And more silence…

Until these drugs,
Create murders once more.

And again,
After those

The sun will begin to set,
And the flags will be lowered to half mast,
Shrouding the tears from the those who can cry no longer,
And again,
I will have to ask,
Which pill did they take?
And when will they tell us the truth?

I wrote this poem because I wanted to ask the question about James Holmes, the batman shooter,  that the media is not asking.  Why is no one questioning if he was on antidepressants or anti psychotics or in the withdrawal process from these drugs?  The way he acted is typical of others who have experienced the mania that can be caused by these drugs.  It is horrifying to believe but also unfortunately true.

*Many studies have shown antidepressants and anti psychotic drugs to have side effects of anxiety, psychosis, homicide, suicide and mania along with many other side effects. Below are just a few of those studies:

Study published in PubMed (US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health): The results of the study were “Forty-three (8.1%) of 533 patients were found to have been admitted owing to antidepressant-associated mania or psychosis.”


News clippings showing side effects of suicide and homicide from antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs


Links between homicides and antidepressants and anti psychotic drugs:

Medication Madness: True Stories of Mayhem, Murder, and Suicide Caused by Psychiatric Drugs by Peter Breggin


Huge list of Murder and Other Violent Acts and the prescription drugs that are connected to the Acts


About Amy Marschak

I have been writing since I was little and found myself bored but yet still trapped in a classroom. So instead of staring out the windows at school, I would write poetry in the margins of all of my school notes. And in this way I could pass the time without having to listen to the teacher when they were being boring or depressing. A few of these poems are in my first book “Poetry for All Those Breathing” which is now in its Seventh Printing. Poetry has always been a way for me to be heard by my family. If I would simply state how I felt, I would frequently be ignored but if I wrote it as a poem, what I had to say would be listened to. Sometimes my parents would even cry when they heard my poetry.