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(44,228 posts)
Sat Jun 15, 2013, 11:11 AM Jun 2013

“Autism biomed” and the murder of Alex Spourdalakis


Sometimes, in the course of blogging, I come across a story that I don’t know what to make of. Sometimes, it’s a quack or a crank taking a seemingly science-based position. Sometimes it’s something out of the ordinary. Other times, it’s a story that’s just weird, such that I strongly suspect that something else is going on but can’t prove it. So it was a few months ago when I came across the story of Alex Spourdalakis, a 14-year-old autistic boy who became a cause célèbre of the antivaccine crank blog Age of Autism.

I first noticed the story in early March when perusing AoA to see what the merry band of antivaccine propagandists was up to I came across a post by Lisa Goes entitled Day 19: Chicago Hospital Locks Down Autistic Patient. In the post was a shocking picture of a large 14-year-old boy in a a hospital bed in four point restraints. He was naked, except for a sheet covering his genitals. A huge gash was torn in the bedsheet, revealing the black vinyl of the hospital bed beneath. The boy’s name, we were informed, was Alex Spourdalakis. Further down in the post was another, equally shocking, picture of Alex that, according to Goes, showed severe dermatitis on Alex’s back due to the hospital sheets. The photos shocked me for two reasons. First, if the story was as advertised (something to be doubted always about anything posted to AoA), for once I thought that I might be agreeing with Goes and thinking that AoA was doing a good thing. Second, however, I was extremely disturbed by the publication of such revealing photos of the boy. Undoubtedly, Alex’s mother must have given permission. What kind of mother posts pictures like that of her son for all the world to see? Then there appeared a Facebook page, Help Support Alex Spourdalakis, which pled for readers to help the Spourdalakis family.

As I said, something didn’t seem right.

Now I know that something definitely wasn’t right, but I still can’t yet figure out what was wrong at that time three months ago. What is wrong now is that over the weekend Alex was murdered by his mother and caregiver, stabbed to death, in fact. The murder was carefully premeditated and truly gruesome:

Convinced that Alex Spourdalakis’ severe autism was growing worse, his mother and caregiver allegedly planned for at least a week to kill the River Grove teenager and themselves.

But the alleged murder plot initially went awry last weekend when the stocky 14-year-old didn’t succumb to an overdose of his prescription medications.

After waiting for several hours, Dorothy Spourdalakis, fatally stabbed her 225-pound son four times with a kitchen knife, then cut his wrist so deeply she nearly severed his hand, Cook County prosecutors said Wednesday.

His caregiver, Jolanta Agata Skrodzka, later stabbed the family cat with the same knife, then washed the utensil and put it back in a butcher’s block, prosecutors said.

Their suicide pact never succeeded: Both women took drug overdoses, then locked themselves in the bedroom with the slain teenager.

They were found semi-conscious inside the second-floor apartment on Sunday afternoon when Alex’s father and uncle came to check on the teen, prosecutors said as the women appeared in court to face first-degree murder charges.


Harsh? Yes. But it rings true. The entire narrative of the autism biomed movement is that autism “stole” the parents’ “real child” away from them. Since the idea that vaccines cause autism is basically holy writ for the autism biomed movement, that means vaccines “stole” the real child away by making him autistic. Parents who try to “recover” that “real” child are thus viewed as heroic, rather than abusive, because they’re willing to do whatever it takes to defeat the scourge of autism (and vaccines) in order to rescue the “real” child within. One can’t help but wonder whether what was really happening was that DFCS was going to put Alex into a conventional long term care facility because his mother clearly couldn’t handle him anymore and was treating him with autism boomed. Unfortunately, it appears from what we know right now that Alex’s mother seems to have thought that he would be off dead than not being given access to what she viewed as “curative” treatments for autism. Events and evidence from the investigation and trial might prove that initial assessment incorrect, but for now it seems to fit with what we know. Was Alex collateral damage in this never-ending war by antivaccinationists against autism? Although what we know now suggests that this might be the case, we just don’t know yet. We’ll have to keep an eye on the results of the investigation into Alex’s murder to find out.

Strange, very sad story. Much more detail, including a guest appearance by none other than Andrew Wakefield, at the link.

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“Autism biomed” and the murder of Alex Spourdalakis (Original Post) SidDithers Jun 2013 OP
This looks more like child abuse than anything else Warpy Jun 2013 #1
Message auto-removed Name removed Jun 2013 #3
The research has been done and duplicated many times Warpy Jun 2013 #5
my wife works with adults who have various degrees of autism madrchsod Jun 2013 #2
Thanks for bringing Alex' murder to our attention! KamaAina Jun 2013 #4
There are many sad cases like this... SidDithers Jun 2013 #6
Tru dat. KamaAina Jun 2013 #12
Message auto-removed Name removed Jun 2013 #7
Enjoy your pizza. nt octoberlib Jun 2013 #8
What did I miss?...nt SidDithers Jun 2013 #9
The poster said that vaccines were a CONSPIRACY BY THE GUBMINT! NT octoberlib Jun 2013 #11
I read about this 2 days ago. It made me nauseous then. Butterbean Jun 2013 #10
Big REC and KICK! n/t zappaman Jun 2013 #13


(110,519 posts)
1. This looks more like child abuse than anything else
Sat Jun 15, 2013, 12:36 PM
Jun 2013

but since his mother was one of those antivax/biomed nutters, I doubt they'll ever really piece the story together completely.

Response to Warpy (Reply #1)


(110,519 posts)
5. The research has been done and duplicated many times
Sat Jun 15, 2013, 01:10 PM
Jun 2013

and the antivax crowd that refuses to accept the results are nutters. That's what we call people who reject reality and prefer fantasy.


(58,162 posts)
2. my wife works with adults who have various degrees of autism
Sat Jun 15, 2013, 12:45 PM
Jun 2013

needless to say none of what described either didn't happen or if i did professionals would lose their licences.

i have a friend that bought into the wakefield`s bullshit. after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on quack treatments and non certified doctors ,including a dizzy blonde actress recommended doctors, one charged 5000 an hour and 500 a minute follow up phone calls, and last but not least ..publicly defaming and pissing off the doctors at mayo the child is no better or worse.

the older he becomes the more dangerous he becomes around his brother, sister ,and parents. one day they will face the truth.. their son can not be trusted around people and will be institutionalized.i live down the street from a facility that takes care of people them. strict rule for the staff..two people at all times when dealing with the "clients".

i strongly dislike guys like wakefield and the anti-vaccine people because they are harming people for their own glory.



(78,249 posts)
4. Thanks for bringing Alex' murder to our attention!
Sat Jun 15, 2013, 12:50 PM
Jun 2013

I hadn't heard about the antivaxxer angle.

Sadly, he's not the only one. Google "George Hodgins". Or "Terrance Cottrell Jr." Or "Christopher DeGroot". And so on.

If Mom had bought into this BS, you might be Googling "KamaAina".


(44,228 posts)
6. There are many sad cases like this...
Sat Jun 15, 2013, 01:36 PM
Jun 2013

Tracy Latimer is a pretty well known Canadian case to add to your list.




(78,249 posts)
12. Tru dat.
Sun Jun 16, 2013, 12:30 PM
Jun 2013

But she had cerebral palsy. I'm just scratching the surface of the lengthy list of people murdered for being Autistic.

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(1,014 posts)
10. I read about this 2 days ago. It made me nauseous then.
Sat Jun 15, 2013, 03:43 PM
Jun 2013

There are too many (effed up) angles to this story, and at the end of the whole stinking mess, all that's left is a murdered autistic child and his mother and godmother, who will now have to live with it. I can't believe they even killed the damned cat.

The questions still lingering in my head are, how did this boy slip through the system? How was he allowed to go home, and then when his mother realized she couldn't handle him at home, why was there no place for him to go? In my head, I know the answers to those questions. In my heart, it sickens me to no end and I am still screaming WHY about it.

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