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Senator Stewart Greenleaf has introduced a new Bill, that if passed, has the potential to assist Kurt greatly in his pursuit of the truth and of justice. It would amend the current rule which requires evidence of innocence to be presented within 60 days, to be presented at "ANY TIME!" The current rule is what Kurt's judge has relied on in order to dismiss all his previous appeals.

Please PRESS HERE to read the bill (it's a quick read) and then take a quick moment to send your support email/letter to Pennsylvania's Senator's in order to help Kurt and others caught up in similar dilemnnas!

Here is a sample letter of support for your Senator, which you may use:

PRESS HERE for a list of ALL PA Senator email addresses or contact interfaces and thank you very much for your support. You have no idea how powerful your act of charity as a citizen of Pennsylvania can be!


By: Josephine Milea
Kurt Danysh to police:
"I was on Prozac...it's supposed to calm me down and like level me out, but since I got on it, when something bothers me, it bothers me to [the] extreme...I just act differently. I don't have the energy or personality I used to. I spend half the time in a trance."

"I didn't even realize I did it, until after it was done, and then I realized it."

"This might sound weird, but it felt like something else, like I had no control [over] what I was doing; like I was left there just holding a gun."

"It felt like someone else shot him."

This is how my son, Kurt, described the moment he realized that he had shot and killed his father.

Kurt's story began 17 days earlier when he was prescribed the drug Prozac by a general practitioner (who failed to perform any psychological testing). Shortly after beginning to take his Prozac prescription, Kurt, a normally outgoing teenager, became withdrawn and moody. By the second week, he was restless and violent. He got into a fight with his best friend and purposely crashed his truck into a stone wall. This was, to say the least, out of character for Kurt.

Tragically, only seventeen days after his first dose of Prozac, Kurt shot and killed his father, the one person he loved most in this world. The shooting was a complete shock and made no sense to anyone who knew Kurt and his father.

It was clear that the Prozac had caused a drastic, violent change in Kurt. In spite of this fact, Eli Lilly & Co., the maker of Prozac, claimed that their drug would not cause aggressive behavior. As a result of this claim and regardless of the fact that Kurt had no history of violence prior to Prozac, he was convicted of murdering his father and sentenced to 22.5 to 60 years in prison.

Finally, in 2004, eight years after Kurt's conviction, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized that so-called SSRI antidepressants, including Prozac can cause suicidal and/or violent behavior particularly in adolescents and children. Additionally, it's been revealed that Eli Lilly & Co. concealed data from 1988 which linked Prozac to violence. Armed with this new evidence we hope to gain Kurt a new trial. Our goal is to obtain justice for both Kurt and his father.

The Truth About SSRIs
A visit from Dana, a friend

SSRI antidepressants (Prozac, paxil, Zoloft, Luvox, Celexa and Lexapro) were originally advertised as miracle drugs with few side effects. This has been proven to be untrue. On March 22, 2004 the FDA warned that SSRIs may cause anxiety, aggitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, impulsiveness, akathisia (extreme restlessness), hypomania and mania.

In 2004 the FDA issued a so-called Black Box Warning for all SSRIs. This kind of warning is one step below a ban. It's reserved for drugs which can result in death. The warning indicates that the drugs increase suicidal thinking and suicidal behavior.

The FDA's Advisory Event Reporting System reports 70 cases of murder linked to Prozac.

On January 1, 2005 the British Medical Journal quoted the original FDA reviewer of Prozac as stating, "I do agree now that those stimulatory side effects, especially in regard to suicidal ideation and homicidal ideation are worse than I thought at the time that I reviewed the drug."

SSRIs are similar to cocaine in their effects on the brain chemical serotonin. SSRIs are known to trigger manic episodes in bi-polar patients.

Kurt Is Not Alone

Saddly, Kurt's experience is not rare. Many incidents of violence and/or suicide have been linked to adolescents taking prescription antidepressants.

  • Eric Harris, the triggerman in the Columbine school shootings, killed his fellow students and took his own life while taking Luvox.
  • Fifteen year-old Kip Kinkel killed his parents and two classmates while taking Prozac.
  • Thirteen year-old Chris Fetters killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.
  • Twelve year-old Christopher Pittman murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.
  • Thirteen year-old Mathew Miller hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.
  • Fifteen year-old Jarred Viktor stabbed his grandmother 61 times after 5 days on Paxil.
  • This is just a few examples of antidepressant violence. The list goes on and on.

Additional information on SSRI antidepressants and violence may be found at by pressing here.

How To Help Kurt

The only obstacle in the way of getting a new trial for Kurt is the inability to afford an attorney. Neither Kurt nor his family can afford the fee required for an attorney to handle the appeal. For this reason, we've started the Kurt Danysh Legal Aid Fund.

It's our hope that after people hear Kurt's experience, they'll help gain justice for him and his father. The sad fact is that if we can't raise enough funds to cover the cost of an attorney, Kurt will spend the next 13 to 51 years in prison. We pray that Kurt's plight will inspire you to make a financial contribution and/or share this plea with others who may.

You may also send letters of support directly to Kurt in prison at:

Kurt Danysh DL-4879
1111 Altamont Blvd.
Frackville, PA 17931

In spite of the fact that he IS imprisoned, Kurt strives to warn others about the dangers of SSRIs. He hopes that his experience will educate others so that no more families will have to suffer.

His efforts even caught the attention of the Oprah Winfrey Show which wrote to Kurt: "We have been following your story and admire your honesty and desire to try and make a difference. We think you have an important message for others to hear."


Contributions may be sent to the:

Kurt Danysh Legal Aid Fund
(Emails get printed and mailed to him)
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