Lashing out without reason
Becker's explanation to police was bizarre. Dwight Rogers, he said, had been trying to hypnotize him since preschool with the use of a teddy bear. After booking, Butler County Sheriff's deputies transported Becker to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo for examination early on June 21. Becker was placed in the hospital on a 48-hour hold. Psychiatrists there diagnosed him with paranoid-type schizophrenia and prescribed Lorazepam and Geodon to treat his hallucinations.
On June 23, Becker's 48-hour hold was up. His delusions seemed to have ebbed, and psychiatrists deemed him fit for release. Accordingly, hospital officials called Becker's case worker at Cedar Valley Community Services. Coordinator Adam Taylor checked Becker out of Covenant and let him into the Waterloo apartment the agency had rented for him. Although he had been administered drugs at Covenant, Becker did not have any medication with him when he left. Taylor planned to take Becker to the pharmacy first thing the next morning.
They had seen many manic episodes in the past, but Becker's behavior that night struck his parents as normal, and they took him back to their home for the night. A message on their answering machine said their son's prescriptions were filled and ready to be picked up. Joan Becker made a mental note to get the medication the next day.
Surely, a few more hours without medication wouldn't make too much difference?