“Autism biomed” and the murder of Alex Spourdalakishttp://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2013/06/14/autism-biomed-and-murder-of-alex-spourdalakis/
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 boys 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 Alexs 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, Alexs 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 didnt seem right.
Now I know that something definitely wasnt right, but I still cant 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 didnt 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 butchers 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 Alexs 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 theyre willing to do whatever it takes to defeat the scourge of autism (and vaccines) in order to rescue the real child within. One cant 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 couldnt handle him anymore and was treating him with autism boomed. Unfortunately, it appears from what we know right now that Alexs 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 dont know yet. Well have to keep an eye on the results of the investigation into Alexs murder to find out.
Strange, very sad story. Much more detail, including a guest appearance by none other than Andrew Wakefield, at the link.
but since his mother was one of those antivax/biomed nutters, I doubt they'll ever really piece the story together completely.
and the antivax crowd that refuses to accept the results are nutters. That's what we call people who reject reality and prefer fantasy.
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.
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".
Tracy Latimer is a pretty well known Canadian case to add to your list.
But she had cerebral palsy. I'm just scratching the surface of the lengthy list of people murdered for being Autistic.
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.