My Friend, Murdered at Terrell State Hospital; in Terrell, Texas
Jason Evans, Murdered At Terrell State Hospital
The more I travel as a "human pinball experiment" the more I find that the jails and institutions of the world are not on the same page, medically, as the free world Doctors are with their clients-the sad case of Jason Evan's death, and he was murdered, overdosed by staff, at Terrell State Hospital, in Terrell, Texas; is obviously the far end of this sick situation-but I've encountered many another sick situation elsewhere.
Kaufman County Jail, I had just been transferred out of the suicide tank to a population cell-the only other inhabitant of which was a man named Gary Don Marrs. Gary Don's family and me go way back, so I consider the medical affront that he encountered particularly offensive. Gary Don is a diabetic, and while living with this disease through much, if not all of his adult life he finally found a way to feel okay. A doctor in North Carolina had prescribed Gary Don a new blend of insulin not usually prescribed, and it made him feel better than he ever had with the usual stuff.
What happened though, is this: when Gary Don found himself in the Kaufman County slammer the house doc, who also happens to be the mayor of Kaufman, Dr. Fortner, changed his meds-he didn't seem to see the point in Gary Don having a clean bill of health and a positive attitude. . . . . .and he also was saving the county some cash. In other words, his and his counties co-working members getting a bigger pay raise at the end of the year was more important than a county inmate receiving the better medications prescribed to him by what was, no doubt, a superior physician. . . . . . . . . .greed is the root of all evil, no?
Now take the time to review the sad case of Jason Evans, a friend who'd been hospitalized for care, and was murdered by what more resemble prison guards than social workers, or health care staff.
Terrell State Hospital
The Death Of Jason Evans
What follows is the report of the death of a friend, no, we were never close friends. Jason Evans was always in the class ahead of me in school, and because I, and he grew up in smalltown Kaufman, Texas, we all knew each other to one extent or another. Jason was always a "wild one," and reports of his behavior were troubling to me at the time-I'm past all that now, and I'm hoping that Jason will rest in peace, despite the fact that he was murdered.. My late friend John Lane's father told me about Jason's death, and I was shocked that I had not heard of it yet-what I found out later was FAR more shocking. . . . . . .They killed him at Terrell State Hospital, a place where I once spent three weeks, as a local cop had said,
"wanna go to jail, or do you wanna try the state hospital out this time?"
Jason was a rare talent, and one that I will never be able to claim to share. He was, besides being an intellectual of sorts, an amazingly talented musician-no, you'll not have heard of him, his temperament didn't allow for much cooperation with anyone, but WOW, what an ear he had-he could hear something, and play it, near perfect at an instant.
As for me, and my three week stay at the place we all in this county have heard of from our earliest days, I told the doctor that medicating me was fine, but there wasn't any chance that I'd be sleeping for the next several days-but what they hit me with knocked me out before the night was over, Jason Evans, however, never woke up again-I'm aware of how lucky that I've always been.
Kaufman, Texas; will never be the same place without the possiblility of his return, and the Terrell State Hospital, and the many shitty employees that I knew there, will kill again.
Jason Evans, My Friend, MURDERED At Terrell State Hospital
- Rad Geek Peoples Daily 2008-05-05 Texas psychoprisons
Jason Evans called 911 in November during a bipolar meltdown and was admitted to the Terrell State Hospital. Days later, the 34-year-old was dead and his parents still dont know why. State officials told the Kaufman couple that their son, who was
- The Texas Department of State Health Services - Terrell State Hospital
The Texas Department of State Health Services - Terrell State Hospital