David Carmichael found to be NCR of murdering his son….runs as an independent candidate in Huntsville, Ont

A man determined to have been mentally ill who was subsequently found not guilty of murdering his son is running as an independent candidate in Huntsville, Ont. David Carmichael, 52, says he knows he probably he won’t win against Conservative incumbent and Industry Minister Tony Clement, but he hopes elected MPs and voters will listen to his campaign message, which highlights the potential dangers of anti-depressants and other medications.

On his website David Carmichael states that his hope is that some of the information posted may help prevent suicidal and homicidal tragedies.

In July 2003, at the age of 45, I experienced my first major depression. I started taking 40mg. of the antidepressant Paxil a day. By September, I was feeling mentally healthy again. After forgetting to take Paxil for a few days in February 2004, I weaned myself off the drug. I started to feel depressed again in July.

My symptoms included insomnia, increased anxiety, rapid weight loss, low concentration and a lack of energy. I put myself back on 40mg. of Paxil a day. A few days after I started taking Paxil again, I was having suicidal thoughts. I thought I could get rid of the thoughts and recover more quickly if I increased my dosage. On July 17, I started taking 60mg. of Paxil a day. Three days later, I planned my suicide. I went from planning my suicide to planning a murder-suicide to planning a murder. On July 31, 2004, I killed my 11-year-old son Ian. I was charged with first-degree murder.

In November 2004, I was diagnosed by one of the leading forensic psychiatrists in the world as being in a “major depression” with “psychotic episodes” when I killed Ian. In May 2005, his assessment was supported by another leading forensic psychiatrist, who was hired by the crown attorney. On September 30, 2005, I was judged to be “not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder” for murdering Ian. I received an absolute discharge from the Ontario Review Board on December 4, 2009.

David’s message is a stark reminder of the complexities surrounding mental illness…. and one of the reasons why we need a discussion!

5 thoughts on “David Carmichael found to be NCR of murdering his son….runs as an independent candidate in Huntsville, Ont”

  1. Comments made in ignorance and based on misunderstandings are of no value to anyone.
    Rather than being so judgemental, why not try to understand first- Gary,Lily and Carl?
    And by all means go to Texas where you’ll fit right in- ignorant, prejudiced and red necked.

  2. There is way more to Carmicheals story than has been told. All the evidence pointed to premeditation not medication. And his real reason for murdering his son probably has a much darker truth. At the end of his trial the judge said he strangled his son to death “out of love”. If this is now considered love then we as a species are doomed.

  3. Sorry I went off my meds and killed your daughter,sorry I went off my meds and killed your wife,sorry I went off my meds and killed all your family,sorry I didn’t know I needed meds and killed your whole school class.Sorry I kept my dog with rabies in the yard and it bit your son and he died.Thanks for giving me another chance to prove myself.I can hear it all now while some poor unlucky victim is being buried and their family suffering for the rest of their lives. Pathetic bleeding hearts above even support murder these days.With Jury’s letting murders go because they were unlucky enough to be made up of bleeding hearts and now the crown accepting NCR ,our
    Society is screwed.


    You take a life your rights are taken away. You are locked up forever like the life you took. It’s as simple as that. No sorries, no excuses. You get the help you need in a prison or mental institution. Perhaps people around you saw something. Glad you’re better but you killed someone. Dead. Harsh or not it is what it is.

    This is the main reason I hate living in Canada. Texas deals with it better. An eye for an eye. You killed, you will be killed….

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