Stephen H. Kessler
|Stephen H. Kessler|
|Born||Stephen H. Kessler
1935 (age 82–83)
|Conviction(s)||not guilty by reason of insanity|
Stephen H. Kessler (born 1935) is a person who was known as the "LSD Killer".
He was arrested in April 1966 and tried for murder in October, having apparently stabbed his mother-in-law 105 times. Headlines trumpeted him as a "Mad LSD Slayer" and "LSD Killer", based on a statement made during his arrest that he had been "flying for three days on LSD". His LSD usage, a month prior, was not mentioned during the trial proceedings. His drug use was revealed as having been "one-and-a-half grains of phenobarbital" and "three quarts of lab alcohol".
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- ANDERSON, F. DAVID (October 26, 1967). "Jury Acquits Kessler in LSD Murder". New York Times. p. 57. Retrieved 17 December 2012.(subscription required)
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- "Jury Told Kessler Took an LSD Cube Before the Slaying". New York Times. October 12, 1967. Retrieved 17 December 2012. (Subscription required (. ))
- "1967 Press Photo Stephen H. Kessler found not guilty by reason of insanity". Historic Images. Retrieved 12 September 2016.