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    A friend of mine likes to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts."

    When it comes to drugs, there are lots of opinions out there: Some think drugs are safe and fun, some think they're dangerous and frightening, and many think everything in between.

    But facts are facts, and when someone dies from drugs, or someone is murdered by a person who is on drugs, or is raped by someone who has given them drugs, that's just a fact. Drug users who actively promote drug use rail against these facts, and I expect they'll be commenting regularly on The Drug Report. But they can't change the facts.

An Ecstasy Excuse in Murder

Posted by Childress on July 15, 2006

Joseph Harrison, 29, is charged in Aberdeen courts with strangling to death Susan Third, then had sex with her — after she was dead.

Sated, he stuffed her lifeless body into the trunk of his car, and dumping it in a field.

His excuse? To quote the Aberdeen Evening Express:

The High Court was later told he suffered from either schizophrenia or drug-induced psychosis. Harrison had talked about hearing alien voices and believed he was an observer on Earth. He was also said to have been a heavy user of amphetamine and ecstasy. Psychiatrists were asked to determine the nature of his illness and the part illegal drugs may have played in his condition.

OK, so did the drugs make him crazy, or did his craziness make him do drugs?  We don’t know enough of Harrison’s mental and drug use history to draw a conclusion from this article … but one thing is certain:  If Harrison were not a drug user, Susan Third would still be alive today.

Harrison’s sentence is pending.

5 Responses to “An Ecstasy Excuse in Murder”

  1. More details on this case can be found at

  2. Childress said

    Thank you, Peet. I encourage everyone to follow the link to Susan’s site and bookmark it so you can keep up as the continue to add to it.

  3. “If Harrison were not a drug user, Susan Third would still be alive today.”

    Interesting concept of singular blame. Susan Third was also a drug addict. If Susan was not a drug addict, she would still be here today, unfortunately she put herself in a situation where something terrible and irreversible happened. A hard point for the family to accept I am sure, but true none the less.

  4. I am replying to james Hendersons comment.
    The reality is Harrison was not a drug addict, nor a drug user, tests were done on his hair and there were no drugs what so ever in his system and had not been for months before the murder.

    True, if Susan were not a drug adict she would still be here today, Susan did not put herself in this situation, the laws of this country and its double standards in allowing and profiting from the legal use of tobacco and alcohol which combined cause 130.000 deaths per annum, are entirely responsible for susans death, millions of members of society are allowed (and encouraged) to consume alcohol, which they do in vast numbers. They can become loud, aggresive and often violent, they wonder the city centres causing mayhem and fear, visit any A_E Hospital on a friday and saturday evening and you will see the distruction alcohol causes, and always will, hw many deaths and acts of extreme violence have been attributed to alcohol. the goverment response is try to drink more sensibly, whilst they reep the financial benefits. Heroin on the other hand is used by approx 40.000 people, there is documented proof that a percentage of them do so whilst maintaining a healthy lifestyle, working and contributing to society, however many do struggle and dua to the high prices and there illness they resort to crime at a massive cost to the tax payer. It is ludicrious to provide them with a more addictive substance, which they do not want, why not provide them with heroin in a controled enviroment and give them the stability and time to perhaps reduse their heroin use. Shourely it is much better to provide heroin thereby allowing the addict to stay off the streets and stop commiting crimes, such as shop lifting, theft from cars, house breaking and robbery of your loved ones which costs, you the tax payer, million upon millions of pounds. When they are aprehended for there crimes they are imprisoned where they are surrounded by drugs at a cost of 350.00 pounds per week, simple mathamaticts are as follows: the goverment provides heroin ata cost of 20 pounds per week, the addict does not commit crime or you pay 350 pounds per week with the re-occuring crime and fear of walking the streets, this may seem symplistic but surely worth a try as you will never stop drug use, infact it increases year by year. However how do we deal with the much bigger problem of LEGAL ALCOHOL USE, drugs must be legalised.
    Our website will updated on 16th august, where we will discust this issue in greater depth and hopefully start a debate towards legalising drugs, . REMEMBER PROHIBITION, WHEN YOU MAKE SOMETHING ILLEGAL YOU DO NOT STOP ITS USE, YOU MERELY ALLOW VICIOUS CRIMINALS TO MAKE NOT MILLIONS BUT BILLIONS OF POUNDS PER YEAR

  5. Childress said

    Your statement that Harrison did not use drugs conflicts with his own statement to the police.

    I’m no fan of alcohol by any means. I don’t drink it and there’s none of it in our home. I periodically post stories here about alcohol tragedies because it is to me just another drug. But your logic stinks. Under your premise, you would advocate handing out free alcohol to alcoholics, but I don’t see that in your plan. If you give free heroin to heroin addicts, then what next Free prostitutes for sex addicts? Free cigarettes for tobacco addicts?

    It is also more logical, given your arguments, to criminalize alcohol use than to de-criminalize the use of heroin and other drugs.

    You must also remember that when you make something that is not broadly and historically accepted by socieity illegal — something like heroin, for example — the primary effect is to keep many, many people from using it. In the case of heroin, that is very good for society. If you make something legal, more people will use it. That is bad for society.

    And as for the criminals, don’t be naieve. Criminals pursue a life of crime all on their own; they don’t need laws and prohibitions to become criminals. If you decriminilize drugs, some criminals will still sell black market drugs, and others will just transfer to other areas of crime. They’re not interested in honest work, or are not capable of making the grade in an honest job.

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