Joseph Wesbecker – Standard Gravure shooting (1989)

July 15, 2015 by PsychDrugShooters

Filed under Work place shootings

Last modified July 15, 2015


Joseph Wesbecker (Standard Gravure shooting, 1989) – opened fire at Standard Gravure Corporation, a printing plant where he once worked, killing eight people and injuring 12 more in Louisville, Kentucky on September 14, 1989. Wesbecker, 47, turned the gun on himself after the rampage, committing suicide. Suffering from manic depression, Wesbecker attempted suicide on three occasions before voluntarily committing himself to a psychiatric ward. Wesbecker had a prescription for Prozac when he committed the heinous acts, prompting relatives and survivors to sue the drug’s maker, Eli Lilly. The trial first appeared to be won by Eli Lilly; however, the judge later determined that it had been rigged after the drug maker was caught paying plaintiffs to throw the trial by withholding damaging evidence against the company.