Miram Carey, a dental hygienist who lived in Stamford, Conn., was shot to death in her car by Washington D.C. law enforcement personnel on Oct. 3rd 2013 following a high speed chase along streets leading from the White House to the Capitol Building.
Her one year old daughter was then discovered unharmed in the back street of Ms Carey’s car.
It began when Carey tried to drive her black Infiniti through a checkpoint outside the White House, bumping an officer who tried to stop her and causing him to roll over the hood of her car. She then sped down Pennsylvania Avenue reaching speeds of 80 mph and ignoring red lights until boxed in near the Capitol where she struck a Secret Service car. Despite 4 or 5 gunshots she escaped the police, drove backwards around Garfield Circle, looped around Peace Circle and headed up Constitution Ave. where she hit a police cruiser near 2nd. St. N.E. She was finally trapped on Maryland Ave. where she was killed by rounds fired by a half-dozen officers.
As in common to most stories of odd behavior followed by violence and death, psychiatric “help” preceded the victim’s untypical and irrational actions.
A head injury and then a “Postpartum depression” diagnosis is how this all began for Miriam Carey.
CBS News’ John Miller, a former FBI assistant director, reported that people who worked with Carey described her as upbeat, happy and normal, but in April 2012 she fell on some stairs and injured her head. While Carey was receiving treatment for the injury in the hospital, she learned that she was pregnant. Miller’s report gives no further data on the seriousness of the injury, the treatment or whether she suffered any permanent damage from the accident. Due to this injury she was given a handicapped parking permit when she left the hospital.
In early Dec. of 2012 her boyfriend, 54-year-old Eric Francis called the Stamford police, reportedly worried that Carey might injure their baby daughter then four months old.
Miriam reportedly had said she was “The Prophet of Stamford” and imagined that President Obama had put the town in lockdown. She further believed that the president had placed her home under electronic surveillance so as to broadcast her life on national television. She was handcuffed and taken to a hospital for psychiatric treatment. She was in the hospital until sent home with medication in time for a family gathering in Brooklyn on December 20th.
When authorities in the Connecticut town of Stamford searched Miriam Carey’s apartment, they found prescriptions for the antipsychotic medication Risperidone and the SSRI antidepressant drug Lexapro.
The pills apparently had been prescribed in December.
Risperidone has documented side effects of:
- Talking, feeling, and acting with excitement and activity that cannot be controlled
- Psychotic disorder
Lexapro has documented side effects of:
Speaking to reporters, Amy Carey, one of Miriam’s sisters, said she knew her sister was said to have been experiencing “postpartum depression with psychosis” and that Miriam had received “treatment and medication and counseling”. Amy also said that Miriam didn’t appear to be unstable at that time. “She seemed overwhelmed. There was a lot of stress. There were not moments of her walking around with delusions. That was not what was going on.”
Valarie Carey, another sister, along with Amy and the family’s lawyer told reporters that Miriam had recently been weaned off of her medications and seemed fine to them.
Her sister Franchette, who lives with her mother, said she had seen Miriam during the week and noticed nothing unusual about her behavior.
Friends, neighbors and associates couldn’t comprehend how the fun-loving person they knew was suddenly dead.
“She seemed like a nice young lady, stable,” said Brooklyn neighbor Jeff Newsome, 46.
“I’m shocked,” Newsome said. “I would have never, never have thought that she would do something like this. I can’t believe it.”
Angela Windley, one of Carey’s close friends and classmates at Clara Barton High School and Hostos Community College in the Bronx, said “She was just a very sweet person, very determined and driven in order to get out of the neighborhood and do better for herself. “She wasn’t violent or anything like that.”
“I looked up to her a little bit,” the 33-year-old hygienist continued. “She was kind of like a big sister.”
It appears that another successful well-loved, social able and successful person became a statistic following standard psychiatric diagnosis and treatments.
Reporters and police officials are always looking for the motive. They ask “Why did she do this?”
The answer is simple – psychiatric drugs.