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… shot to death by a campus policeman.

He had taken LSD at a concert that evening and had gone on a rampage, attacking three other people before he got to the police station.

Video taken by a surveillance camera showed Collar nude and covered in sweat as he pursued the retreating officer more than 50 feet outside the building, Cochran said. Collar got within 5 feet of Austin and the officer fired once, striking the student in the chest, Cochran said…. [The Mobile County Sheriff] said he had “serious concerns” about the killing of an unarmed student when he first heard what had happened, but he better understood the officer’s decision to open fire after watching the videotape of the shooting.

“It’s very powerful,” [he] said …

Investigators are trying to determine who provided Collar with LSD and could charge that person with murder…

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5 Responses to “Update on the University of South Alabama Student…”

  1. Jeffrey Boulier Says:

    Helpful tip — the breath of someone who has used LSD smells like modeling glue.

    LSD use does seem to be making a comeback, at least in the DC area. I don’t know if it’s easier to synthesize (perhaps as a spin-off of skills involved in meth?) or whether it’s just an “in” drug to take nowadays.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Jeffrey: It’s my own ignorance, but I was astounded by the violent effect of LSD on this guy. I know it’s possible to have a bad trip (I do not, God forbid, know this from experience), but I always thought of bad trips as involving deeply disturbing dream imagery, etc. Nothing like this.

  3. dmf Says:

    one never knows what these drugs will stir up and or amplify, but certainly paranoia is high on the list, tragic.

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    dmf: Yes. Though this case I found especially scary, because it wasn’t just paranoia. It was flat-out return to The Beast.

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