"Sedlacek worked there, washing dishes and cooking appetizers. He would recite scenes from movies, changing voices for different characters, Leitschut said.
"He was just an odd bird who would do off-the-wall stuff," said former co-worker Sharri Whitworth.
He would bark like a dog, shout obscenities and strike out at shadows on the wall, Whitworth and Leitschut said.
Sedlacek would blow into a plastic milk jug, put the lid on and throw it across the room, Whitworth said.
"He was a very odd boy," Whitworth said. "He walked around in circles in the parking lot, talking to himself."
Cook Verna Gilley said she didn't think Sedlacek was violent but agreed he was odd.
"He would make these weird noises," Gilley said. "He even did it in the kitchen. I guess it would just help him get that stuff out of his head or something."
Ruth Abernathy told them that Sedlacek suffered from Lyme Disease
, the employees said. Sedlacek took medication and continued to seek treatment as late as June in Florida."
The article above gives interviews of people that worked with this young man at his Parents restaurant. Unusual behavoir was described so it piqued my interest enough to go back and review another article I had posted before.
What caught my eye in that article was this:
"Terry Joe Sedlacek's parents worried that he was getting into drugs or alcohol when he started acting strangely during his junior year at Edwardsville High School
In this article the Mother goes on to describe other symptoms and then that they (his family) had checked him into rehab, and it was after it was determined that he was not in need of rehab that he was...
"Doctors diagnosed him as mentally ill
The article states that he did not respond as other's had to the meds prescribed for his mental illness. It is my understanding that this can happen.
I then read an article on Fox news and the expert in that article stated:
"“Chronic Lyme disease can be associated with seizures, depression, anxiety and even psychosis has been reported,” said Dr. Marc Siegel, an internist and FOX News Channel contributor.
“It’s possible, but the problem is, something being reported doesn’t always mean it’s the cause. For example, someone may have psychosis or seizures — but Lyme disease may not be the cause — so you have to be really careful.
But wait, where did this "Lyme disease caused this young Man to commit murder" theory come from?
"Sedlacek’s mother said Lyme disease attacked her son’s brain and caused the psychosis that caused him to kill the pastor and wound two others"
"Sedlacek was reportedly taking several medications to combat Lyme disease and seizures,
which nearly killed him in 2003, the paper reported."
Okay for all those that actually took the time to read my very long post, here is where I'm going with it.
Here is what I'm wondering. This young man was taking medications for the Lyme's disease but was he taking meds for his mental illness too?
This young man showed his first symptoms in his Jr. year of HS. I am not a mental health care worker but it is my understanding that there are a few very serious mental illnesses of which the symptoms become noticable in young men of that age range. Schizophrenia is one that comes to mind.
I, sincerly,hope that we do not have a situation where the reality and the residual social stimga of mental illness forced those who could have insured his proper care to be in denial. In other reports in media it is being said this young man planned this attack.