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Police: Former Olympian Killed Wife, Jumped to His Death
Associated Press ^ | Aug 16, 2004 | Peggy Harris

Posted on 08/16/2004 9:22:15 AM PDT by Pharmboy

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Police said Monday they believe a former Olympic athlete killed his neurosurgeon wife before jumping to his death from a 10th-story dormitory window. Investigators identified the man as Robert Howard, a University of Arkansas medical student who competed in track and field in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, said medical school police Capt. Bryan Patterson.

"Nobody that I know of had any kind of a hint that there were any kind of problems at all, let alone problems to that degree," said Dick Booth, an assistant coach at Arkansas who helped Howard prepare for the Olympic trials last month.

Leslie Taylor, a spokeswoman for University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, said campus police received a call early Saturday from someone concerned about a medical student.

Police arrived at the dormitory room and tried to talk to the man, but he jumped out of the window about 20 minutes later, Patterson said.

Later that morning, investigators went to a private residence and found the student's wife, Dr. Robin Mitchell, stabbed to death. Mitchell was chief resident in neurosurgery at the medical school.

"There is evidence that the student killed his wife," Little Rock police said in a news release.

Howard finished eighth in the triple jump at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and seventh at the 2000 Games in Sydney. The former All-American and NCAA champion, who competed for the university from 1994-98, took last year off from medical school in an unsuccessful bid to make the Olympic team this year.

Howard graduated from Shea High School in Pawtucket, R.I., in 1994 where he was one of the state's all-time top high school track performers.

"This is the last thing you would expect from somebody like Rob, but you never know what's going on in people's lives," said Thom Spann, Howard's high school coach.

AP-ES-08-16-04 1138EDT


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: arkancide; doctors; medstudents; murdersuicide
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Wow...whatta tragedy.
1 posted on 08/16/2004 9:22:21 AM PDT by Pharmboy
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2 posted on 08/16/2004 9:24:33 AM PDT by Pharmboy (History's greatest agent for freedom: The US Armed Forces)
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To: Pharmboy
Former Olympian Killed Wife, Jumped to His Death

What scores did the judges give him?

3 posted on 08/16/2004 9:25:04 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

Oh, that's bad. Wonder if performance enhancing drugs, combined with the failure of making the team, contributed to this tragedy.


4 posted on 08/16/2004 9:26:14 AM PDT by Hildy (John Edwards is to Dick Cheney what Potsie was to the Fonz.)
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To: Hildy

...and I wonder how he was doing in medical school. It's not easy, y'know.


5 posted on 08/16/2004 9:28:15 AM PDT by Pharmboy (History's greatest agent for freedom: The US Armed Forces)
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To: dead
What scores did the judges give him?

Probably pretty crappy ones - it looks like he completely missed the pool. Nice form, though.

6 posted on 08/16/2004 9:29:45 AM PDT by Living Free in NH
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To: dead

Not very good ones. Like most "murder-suicides," this guy got it backwards.


7 posted on 08/16/2004 9:30:17 AM PDT by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: Hildy

steroids was my first thought, that and not making the team and the games being on...

sad sad sad all the way around. Sad that he killed someone, but also sad he had so much hurt that this happened.

Eh, it'll save a messy trial by newschannel.


8 posted on 08/16/2004 9:30:22 AM PDT by eyespysomething ("Funding the American troops in combat should never be a complicated issue." D. Cheney 8-12-04)
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To: Hildy
I know. I'm a bad person, but I couldn't help myself.

An Olympic jumper jumping to his death is sorta like an Olympic swimmer drowning.

It's a sad story.

9 posted on 08/16/2004 9:30:46 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Pharmboy

His wife was a chief resident..why would they be living in dormitory housing?


10 posted on 08/16/2004 9:30:48 AM PDT by ken5050 (We've looked for WMD in Iraq for LESS time than Hillary looked for the Rose Law firm billing records)
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My gosh, another guy going to medical school kills his wife--then saves us all the trouble of a trial. If only he'd done it the other way around...


11 posted on 08/16/2004 9:32:51 AM PDT by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: Pharmboy

are steroids linked to violence?


12 posted on 08/16/2004 9:35:21 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army and Supporting Bush/Cheney 2004!)
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To: dead
dead, you are soo tacky!


13 posted on 08/16/2004 9:40:32 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Strategery - "W" plays poker with one hand and chess with the other.)
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To: ken5050
A chief resident is most likely a fourth year resident with extra responsibilities above and beyond those of the other residents. The income is low, as she is essentially just an apprentice. They are having to pay medical school costs and are probably both under extreme pressure with no time to think about taking care of an apartment, much less a house.
15 posted on 08/16/2004 9:47:36 AM PDT by stayathomemom
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To: Pharmboy
Howard finished eighth in the triple jump at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and seventh at the 2000 Games in Sydney.

Apparently he didn't do as well with the long jump.

16 posted on 08/16/2004 9:49:13 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Pharmboy

And now for something completely similiar....


olympic Judo Champ's Boyfriend Jumps Off Same Balcony
Fox Sports ^ | August 10, 2004 | Niko Price


Posted on 08/10/2004 8:05:07 AM EDT by SoloGlobalExplorer


NEA IONIA, Greece (AP) - As relatives tell it, it was the stuff of Greek tragedy: A love-struck young man threw himself off his balcony Monday, two days after a quarrel prompted his girlfriend - a member of Greece's Olympic judo team - to jump from the same spot.

"He had very intense feelings about the girl. He was very much in love," said Nikos Drakopoulos, a printer who lives across the hall from the couple. "He could not see himself living if she was gone."

Giorgos Chrisostomides, 24, was on life-support at an Athens hospital with injuries to his head and back. His high-school sweetheart, 20-year-old judo champion Eleni Ioannou, was at another hospital in critical condition with multiple fractures to her head and body.

http://msn.foxsports.com/story/2650756


17 posted on 08/16/2004 9:50:32 AM PDT by harrycarey
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Yeah, that concrete poisoning is a bitch.


18 posted on 08/16/2004 9:50:56 AM PDT by gunnygail (John F Kerry: The "F" stands for FRENCHY!)
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To: dead
That was soooo baaaad.

Red

19 posted on 08/16/2004 9:51:24 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (I love the 1st Amendment...I can call Clinton an idiot.)
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To: xzins
are steroids linked to violence?

They call it roid rage.

20 posted on 08/16/2004 9:51:33 AM PDT by harrycarey
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To: stayathomemom

Thanks..I always thought a chief resident was a fairly importamt, and well paying staff position in a hospital..


21 posted on 08/16/2004 9:51:47 AM PDT by ken5050 (We've looked for WMD in Iraq for LESS time than Hillary looked for the Rose Law firm billing records)
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To: Pharmboy
...and I wonder how he was doing in medical school. It's not easy, y'know.

I guess the dummy didn't know he could've made more money in the NFL.

22 posted on 08/16/2004 9:54:11 AM PDT by Willie Green (Go Alan Go!!!)
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To: Pharmboy

The headline is a bit misleading. It's not the jump that'll kill ya, it's the sudden stop at the end....


23 posted on 08/16/2004 9:54:50 AM PDT by b4its2late (John John Kerry Edwards change positions more often than a Nevada prostitute!!!)
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To: Pharmboy

"Later that morning, investigators went to a private residence and found the student's wife, Dr. Robin Mitchell, stabbed to death."

It looks like he was living in the dorm and she was living in a private home. It's possible that they had separated and he was having problems with it.


24 posted on 08/16/2004 9:55:16 AM PDT by SilentServiceCPOWife (A proud member of the bourgeoisie since 1966)
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To: Pharmboy
The story has been a big shocker in Little Rock for a couple of days.

Somehow, a lot of psychos have managed to graduate from that medical school. I know of a couple of more who are likely to go on a killing spree at some point.

25 posted on 08/16/2004 9:58:27 AM PDT by HAL9000
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To: stayathomemom; ken5050
Later that morning, investigators went to a private residence and found the student's wife, Dr. Robin Mitchell, stabbed to death.

Maybe the private residence where the wife was found was their home. Or they were living separately, perhaps.

26 posted on 08/16/2004 9:58:32 AM PDT by shhrubbery!
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Apparently he didn't do as well with the long jump.


But how about the high jump? If only he had done this in the Olympics it would be a new Olympic record.


27 posted on 08/16/2004 9:59:45 AM PDT by taxesareforever
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To: xzins
are steroids linked to violence?

Yes. Many of them are testosterone analogs. They tend to make makes a bit more agressive. Think of a møøse in rut, or a bull elephant in must...

28 posted on 08/16/2004 10:01:07 AM PDT by null and void (Want to live in a socialist state now? Vote (D). Want to live in a socialist state soon? Vote (R)...)
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To: shhrubbery!

THanks..good get.. I missed it..soudns like they were separated..


29 posted on 08/16/2004 10:01:47 AM PDT by ken5050 (We've looked for WMD in Iraq for LESS time than Hillary looked for the Rose Law firm billing records)
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My guess is that the "dormitory" was more like married student housing for residents.


30 posted on 08/16/2004 10:04:22 AM PDT by Eva
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To: Pharmboy

He was against jumping before he was for it.


31 posted on 08/16/2004 10:05:58 AM PDT by gunnygail (John F Kerry: The "F" stands for FRENCHY!)
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They tend to make makes males a bit more aggressive.

*sigh* Preview is my friend.

A few years back there was a cholesterol medication that was pulled from the market because too many patients were dying violent deaths.

It turned out that it was lowering cholesterol by increasing the conversion of cholesterol to testosterone. The guys weren't used to the higher testosterone levels, would become more aggressive, and get in over their heads...

32 posted on 08/16/2004 10:07:14 AM PDT by null and void (Want to live in a socialist state now? Vote (D). Want to live in a socialist state soon? Vote (R)...)
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To: Eva

FYI..see #26..sounds like they were separataed..he may have moved into the dormitory..


33 posted on 08/16/2004 10:08:02 AM PDT by ken5050 (We've looked for WMD in Iraq for LESS time than Hillary looked for the Rose Law firm billing records)
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To: dead

I don't think it's appropriate, in fact, I know it's wrong. But I'm laughing all the same.


34 posted on 08/16/2004 10:10:02 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: eyespysomething

Now why would you think steroids? My first thought, any time I hear of a boyfriend/husband killing his girlfriend/wife is that she probably drove him to it. Women are worse than steroids in that respect.


35 posted on 08/16/2004 10:11:26 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: dead

I'm betting: 4.5/3.8/5.1/4.4/3.0 (North Korean judge).

It was his dismount and landing that killed him.


36 posted on 08/16/2004 10:12:55 AM PDT by gunnygail (John F Kerry: The "F" stands for FRENCHY!)
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To: harrycarey; null and void

thanks


37 posted on 08/16/2004 10:13:04 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army and Supporting Bush/Cheney 2004!)
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I always thought a chief resident was a fairly importamt, and well paying staff position in a hospital..

40-50k.

38 posted on 08/16/2004 10:16:21 AM PDT by Taliesan (fiction police)
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To: SittinYonder

only after the husband drove the wife to drive the husband to it!


39 posted on 08/16/2004 10:44:27 AM PDT by eyespysomething ("Funding the American troops in combat should never be a complicated issue." D. Cheney 8-12-04)
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The headline is a bit misleading. It's not the jump that'll kill ya, it's the sudden stop at the end....

Ah, what We in law enforcement refer to as "rapid deceleration trauma"

Slainte,

CC

40 posted on 08/16/2004 11:13:36 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative ("Let’s not forget: The Clintons’ marriage is a dynastic marriage of ambitious swine.”)
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"rapid deceleration trauma"

I like that description. Stated well. Thanks.

41 posted on 08/16/2004 11:17:18 AM PDT by b4its2late (John John Kerry Edwards change positions more often than a Nevada prostitute!!!)
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To: SittinYonder

Prepare to don your asbestos BVD's.


42 posted on 08/16/2004 11:17:44 AM PDT by brewcrew
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To: b4its2late
I like that description. Stated well. Thanks

De nada. Well, it's off to bed . just did a sixteen (hour) tour. G'night(day?)

CC

43 posted on 08/16/2004 11:32:39 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative ("Let’s not forget: The Clintons’ marriage is a dynastic marriage of ambitious swine.”)
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To: xzins

They're called "steroids" but these strength-enhancing hormones are actually MALE hormone (testosterone) knock-offs. And yes: aggressive behavior is a side effect. There IS a difference, y'know...


44 posted on 08/16/2004 12:17:52 PM PDT by Pharmboy (History's greatest agent for freedom: The US Armed Forces)
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Thanks, Pharm.


45 posted on 08/16/2004 12:19:12 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army and Supporting Bush/Cheney 2004!)
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To: null and void

I think you're confusing things. No cholesterol lowering agent was ever taken off the market because it made males more aggressive. And the testosterone-based "steroids" will have the same effect upon women as far as aggression. However, they will not affect all men or all women the same. Individuals respond as individuals to these and other drugs as well.


46 posted on 08/16/2004 12:23:29 PM PDT by Pharmboy (History's greatest agent for freedom: The US Armed Forces)
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To: Pharmboy
You are technically correct. The drug was Baycol, it wasn't banned. The manufacturer, Bayer, withdrew it from the market after ~ 100 violent deaths.

The irony is that from what I read finding a source for my claim (God, I love FR!) it seems that low cholesterol, regardless of cause, is associated with violent death.

IOW, Baycol was a victim of it's own success!

Thanks for putting me through the pain of the search. Ya learn something every day.
47 posted on 08/16/2004 1:13:10 PM PDT by null and void (Want to live in a socialist state now? Vote (D). Want to live in a socialist state soon? Vote (R)...)
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To: null and void

This is why Baycol was removed:

BAYER VOLUNTARILY WITHDRAWS BAYCOL

FDA today announced that Bayer Pharmaceutical Division is voluntarily withdrawing Baycol (cerivastatin) from the U.S. market because of reports of sometimes fatal rhabdomyolysis, a severe muscle adverse reaction from this cholesterol-lowering (lipid-lowering) product. The FDA agrees with and supports this decision.

Baycol (cerivastatin), which was initially approved in the U.S. in 1997, is a member of a class of cholesterol lowering drugs that are commonly referred to as "statins." Statins lower cholesterol levels by blocking a specific enzyme in the body that is involved in the synthesis of cholesterol. While all statins have been associated with very rare reports of rhabdomyolysis, cases of fatal rhabdomyolysis in association with the use of Baycol have been reported significantly more frequently than for other approved statins.

Fatal rhabdomyolysis reports with Baycol have been reported most frequently when used at higher doses, when used in elderly patients, and particularly, when used in combination with gemfibrozil (LOPID and generics), another lipid lowering drug. FDA has received reports of 31 U.S. deaths due to severe rhabdomyolysis associated with use of Baycol, 12 of which involved concomitant gemfibrozil use.

Rhabdomyolysis is a condition that results in muscle cell breakdown and release of the contents of muscle cells into the bloodstream. Symptoms of rhabdomyolysis include muscle pain, weakness, tenderness, malaise, fever, dark urine, nausea, and vomiting. The pain may involve specific groups of muscles or may be generalized throughout the body.

Most frequently the involved muscle groups are the calves and lower back; however, some patients report no symptoms of muscle injury. In rare cases the muscle injury is so severe that patients develop renal failure and other organ failure, which can be fatal.

Bayer Pharmaceutical Division has announced plans to withdraw Baycol to the pharmacy level. Pharmacies will be instructed to return the product to the manufacturer for a refund.

Patients who are taking Baycol should consult with their physicians about switching to alternate medications to control their cholesterol levels. Patients taking Baycol who are experiencing muscle pain or are also taking gemfibrozil should discontinue Baycol immediately and consult their physician.

There are five other statins available in the U.S. that may be considered as alternatives to Baycol. They are: lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), simvastatin (Zocor), fluvastatin (Lescol), and atorvastatin (Lipitor).



48 posted on 08/16/2004 1:18:07 PM PDT by Pharmboy (History's greatest agent for freedom: The US Armed Forces)
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To: harrycarey
They call it roid rage.

Ah, I hate hemorrhoids too.... but murder suicide?

49 posted on 08/16/2004 1:19:26 PM PDT by Porterville (Your sensitivity offends me you disgusting liberal.)
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To: null and void

As far as your other point, it was total deaths that were up in the trials where cholesterol was lowered significantly. Some of these were due to cancer, some suicide and some were due to accidental deaths.


50 posted on 08/16/2004 1:19:45 PM PDT by Pharmboy (History's greatest agent for freedom: The US Armed Forces)
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