Donald Schell – Gillette, Wyoming (1998)

July 15, 2015 by PsychDrugShooters

Filed under Family shootings/murders

Last modified July 15, 2015


Donald Schell (Gillette, Wyoming 1998) took two Paxil tablets before fatally shooting his wife, their daughter, his granddaughter and himself on February 13, 1998 in Gillette, Wyoming. Suffering from persistent anxiety, Schell was prescribed various drugs at different times including Ativan, a benzodiazepine and antidepressants Trazodone, Imipramine, Prozac and eventually Paxil. Schell killed his family just two days after starting Paxil.

Schell once told his wife that Prozac made him hallucinate. After a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against the drug’s maker SmithKline Beecham (today known as GlaxoSmithKline), Schell’s family was awarded $8 million. The jury determined that the drug maker was 80 percent to blame and that Paxil could in fact cause someone to commit suicide or homicide.