March 30, 2022

50: The Joseph Wesbecker Murders - Prozac in the Printing Plant

50: The Joseph Wesbecker Murders - Prozac in the Printing Plant

If you’ve ever been in a printing plant, you know how loud they tend be. The rhythmic banging and clicking of the presses combined with the purr of constant, high decibel white noise is surprisingly soothing once you get used to it.

But on the morning of September 14, 1989, something about this familiar cacophony was suddenly off in a large facility in Louisville, Kentucky. It was too loud, and too erratic. Too sharp for the steady hum of the machines. And then…screaming. Because it wasn’t the machines – it was gunfire. And by the time silence descended on the Standard Gravure printing plant a half hour later, at roughly 9:00 AM, 12 people were wounded and 8 were dead.

The identity of the killer was never in question – he put an SIG Sauer, a 9mm pistol, under his chin and died at the scene.

The focus of the investigation was rather on a potential accomplice of this mass murderer, which you are likely already familiar with. You may know it by its street names, like “happy pills” or “bottled sunshine”; or you may know it more formally, as the popular anti-depressant Prozac.

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