Before 17 year-old Michael Swanson stole his parents’ car and killed two convenience store clerks in Iowa, he was seen by University of Minnesota psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Jensen. Jensen diagnosed Swanson with bipolar affective disorder and recommended the antipsychotic drug Abilify. “There’s a real concern about his use of force,” Jensen wrote. “It would seem to me that likelihood of his repeating the theft of guns, robbery of people is probable and that without anti-psychotic medication, he may carry out these behaviors.”
Instead of treating Swanson, however, according to a Fox 9 television report, Jensen recommended that he be enrolled in a research clinic at the University of Minnesota. Swanson’s family did not see Jensen’s report until 4 months later when attorneys got a copy for the murder trial. Then they learned that Jensen was concerned their son was a “risk to society if un-medicated.”
Watch the entire Fox 9 story by investigative reporter Jeff Baillon here.