Are the Finnish Police investigating the SSRI antidepressant link and the similarities in behaviour between people on psychotropic drugs in school shootings? Emphasis added:
Finnish School Killer May Have Contacted U.S. Plotter Via Web
By Jonas Dromberg and Diana Ben-Aaron
Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Pekka-Eric Auvinen, the 18-year-old Finnish student who killed eight people this week in a town near Helsinki, may have had Internet contact with an American teenager who had planned a similar massacre at a school in Philadelphia, Helsinki police said.
``We haven't investigated in detail who Auvinen has contacted on the Internet, but it is likely that they have been in contact,'' Rabbe von Hertzen, detective superintendent and chief investigator of the Jokela School killings, said today in an interview.
The U.S. teenager was arrested last month on suspicion of planning to storm his old school, according to an Oct. 27 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Police searched his home and found a 9mm semiautomatic rifle and two other guns, along with knives, swords, gunpowder and a video about the 1999 Columbine massacre in Colorado that left 12 students and a teacher dead.
Auvinen left a warning on YouTube about two hours before police were alerted to the shootings at lunchtime on Nov. 7. The YouTube video, titled ``Jokela High School Massacre 11/7/2007,'' opened with an image of the school, and consisted mainly of red cartoon-like pictures of Auvinen shooting at the viewer.
Auvinen's user profile, Sturmgeist89, included a manifesto in which he described himself as a ``natural selector'' who ``will eliminate all whom I see unfit, disgraces to the human race and failures of natural selection.''
Auvinen's YouTube account carried a total of 89 videos, including films of himself at target practice or showing pills labeled as antidepressants together with footage of the two students who carried out the Columbine massacre.
Finland declared Nov. 8 a national day of mourning because of the shooting, which was the deadliest peacetime attack in the country's history.
To contact the reporter on this story: Bill Murray in London at [email protected]
Last Updated: November 10, 2007 16:47 EST