Sunday, February 17, 2008


There is an unexpected twist in the story of the life of Northern Illinois University shooter, Steve Kazmierczak, noted in an article sent in by a reader:

Peter Rachowsky, 27, a former Elk Grove Village resident, described Kazmierczak as "pretty much my first and only friend" during junior high and their first two years of high school. Around their junior year, he said, Kazmierczak began exploring satanism and white-power movements, leading Kazmierczak's parents to take him to specialists who put him on drugs that caused his weight to fluctuate greatly.

"He started to identify more with hatred-type stuff," Rachowsky recalled. "It seemed like the medicine made the whole situation worse."

Read the whole Chicago Sun-Times article.

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