He had posted on his Myspace page at some point a photograph of a United States history textbook, on top of which he had placed a handgun. He prepared a series of Internet videos filled with rambling statements on topics including the gold standard, mind control and SWAT teams. And he had started to act oddly during his classes at Pima Community College, causing unease among other students.
That behavior, along with a disturbing video, prompted school administrators to call in Mr. Loughners parents and tell them that their son had been suspended and would have to get a mental health evaluation to return to college. Instead, he dropped out in October, a spokesman for the college said.
The evidence and reports about Mr. Loughners unusual conduct suggest an increasing alienation from society, confusion, anger as well as foreboding that his life could soon come to an end. Still, there appear to be no explicit threats of violence that explain why, as police allege, Mr. Loughner, 22, would go to a Safeway supermarket north of Tucson on Saturday morning and begin shooting at a popular Democratic congresswoman and more than a dozen other people, killing 6 and wounding 19.
Police officials on Saturday said that Mr. Loughner had a criminal record of some kind, but they did not provide any details. They also hinted that he might have had the help of a second person, adding that they were searching for another man.
Don Coorough, 58, who sat two desks in front of Mr. Loughner in a poetry class last semester, described him as a troubled young man and emotionally underdeveloped. After another student read a poem about getting an abortion, Mr. Loughner compared the young woman to a terrorist for killing the baby.
No one in that class would even sit next to him, Mr. Coorough said. Another fellow student said that he found Mr. Loughners behavior so eccentric including inappropriate remarks and unusual outbursts that he wondered if he might be on hallucinogens. Mr. Loughner grew up in Tucson and was an unremarkable student at Mountain View High School, classmates said.
Grant Wiens, 22, who graduated in 2006 from Mountain View High School, a year ahead of Mr. Loughner, described him as a kind of rare bird, very shy.
He didnt seem very popular, but he kind of did his own thing, Mr. Wiens said.
Mr. Wiens said that something Mr. Loughner said during a discussion about religion had stuck in his mind: Whatever happens, happens, Mr. Wiens recalled the suspect saying. Might as well enjoy life now.
Another former high school classmate said that Mr. Loughner may have met Representative Giffords, who was shot in the head outside the Safeway supermarket, several years ago.
As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy, the former classmate, Caitie Parker, wrote in a series of Twitter feeds Saturday. I havent seen him since 07 though. He became very reclusive.
He was a political radical & met Giffords once before in 07, asked her a question & he told me she was stupid & unintelligent, she wrote.
Neighbors of Mr. Loughner in Orangewood Estates, a middle-class subdivision of single-family homes north of Tucson, said that he lived with his parents, Amy and Randy Loughner, and that they did not believe he had siblings. Two neighbors said they saw the family come and go but knew little about them.
A series of short videos posted on the Internet, apparently by Mr. Loughner, consist of changing blocs of text that are largely rambling and incoherent. Many take the form of stating a premise and then a logical conclusion that would follow from it.
They speak of being a conscience dreamer; becoming a treasurer of a new currency; controlling English grammar structure; mentioned brainwashing and suggested that he believed he had powers of mind control.
In conclusion, my ambition is for informing literate dreamers about a new currency; in a few days, you know Im conscience dreaming! he wrote in one video, which was uploaded to YouTube on Dec. 15.
Still, some strands of recognizable political thought are woven among the more incoherent writings. Another video, for example, says debts should only be paid in currency that is backed by gold and silver.
One of his videos also suggests that he may have applied to join the Army at a recruiting station in Phoenix. It says he received a miniature Bible before taking tests there, and that he did not write a belief on his application form, so a recruiter wrote none.
Army officials said Saturday night that he had tried to enlist but had been rejected for military service. Privacy rules prevented them from disclosing the reason.
Paul Schwalbach, the spokesman for the Pima Community College, said one video that Mr. Loughner had prepared was considered particularly troubling by campus administrators, motivating them to suspend Mr. Loughner in September.
College police and other officials viewed it and found it very disturbing, he said. After he was suspended, Mr. Loughner and his parents met with administrators, who said he would require a mental health clearance if he wanted to return to college. It could not be learned on Saturday whether Mr. Loughner ever saw a psychiatrist or other professional or was diagnosed with a mental illness.
But the rambling, disconnected writings and videos he has left on the Web are consistent with the delusions produced by a psychotic illness like schizophrenia, which develops most often in the teens or 20s.
Among other complaints, Mr. Loughners social networking pages suggest that he had grievances against Pima Community College, that he felt cheated in some way.
If Im not receiving the purchase from a payment then Im a victim of fraud, he wrote, referencing the school, in one of his many confusing phrases posted in his videos.
His YouTube page also listed a series of favorite books. Some were novels about political dystopias including Animal Farm by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Others were about falling into fantasy worlds like Alices Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll.
In one extended Internet posting, Mr. Loughner suggested that the government was trying to trick him, or take advantage of him, although he never explained exactly what caused these concerns.
He also prepared a video that he called My Final Thoughts: Jared Lee Loughner!
All humans are in need of sleep. Jared Loughner is a human. Hence, Jared Loughner is in need of sleep, he wrote. He also briefly discusses terrorism.
If I define terrorist then a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon. I define terrorist, he wrote. If you call me a terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is ad hominem. You call me a terrorist.
As recently as Saturday, he posted a message on his Myspace account hinting that he was going away..."
Psych drugs (and some others) cause adverse effects as listed below for Prozac. The following adverse effects are by no means only caused by prozac - when accessing the information on other psych drugs, they list the same drug induced effects. Reading the article above it isn't difficult to see that Jared Loughner appears to be displaying a number of the follow ADRs, some of which are 'frequent', some not so frequent so listed as 'infrequent' and at least one that is 'rare'.
"...Even the manufacturer admits that Prozac can cause agitation, hostility, psychosis, and other frightening side effects including a little-known side effect called "akathisia."
The manufacturer's warning for Prozac states under Adverse Reactions:
"Nervous System - frequent: abnormal dreams and agitation; - infrequent: abnormal gait, acute brain syndrome, akathisia, amnesia, apathy, ... delusions, depersonalization, euphoria, hallucinations, hostility, ... manic reaction, paranoid reaction, psychosis, and vertigo; rare: abnormal electroencephalogram, anti-social reaction, chronic brain syndrome .... hysteria..."
According to the medical literature, the side effect of "akathisia" is a drug-induced insanity with bizarre and frightening characteristics including hallucinations, aggression, self-destructive outbursts, terror, anger, hostility, hatred, and rage. (Ref: Theodore Van Putten, "The Many Faces of Akathisia.", Comprehensive Psychiatry, Volume 16, No. 1, January/February, 1975.) ..."