In November 2017, 15-year-old Aiden von Grabow of Longmont, Colorado, savagely stabbed 20-year-old Makayla Grote to death in the apartment building where she lived with her family. Police captured him within hours, and the presiding judge quickly ruled that von Grabow should stand trial as an adult rather than a juvenile. His legal team based his defense on an unlikely culprit: Accutane, a powerful acne medication.
Over the years, Accutane controversies have been numerous - it's listed as one of many medications that lead people to kill. In the past few decades, a number of crimes have been blamed on Accutane, from dramatic suicides to grisly murders. Its long list of side effects includes behaviors such as suicide, depression, aggression, and even psychosis. And while convictions that stem from drug-related crimes aren’t new, using Accutane as a defense strategy isn’t likely to work in favor of von Grabow—in fact, layers already attempted it a decade prior.
He Stabbed Makayla Grote To Death
Von Grabow Was Charged With First Degree MurderPhoto: flickr / CC0
His Defense Team Blames His Acne MedicineVideo: YouTube
Police Found A "Death List" In His Possession
Grote’s Younger Sister Was von Grabow's Actual Target
Accutane Has Been Scientifically Linked To Psychosis