Deadly Group Therapy in Berlin: Doctor Denounced as Charlatan

A group session at a doctor’s house in northern Berlin left two men dead and another in a coma after their therapist gave them a dangerous cocktail of drugs.

The doctor was arrested on Sunday evening with two counts of assault leading to death and six counts of dangerous assault, the police announced on Monday.

The doctor, Garik “Garri” R., is reported to have been born in Uzbekistan. He is a registered doctor with insurance companies and is accredited to work as a psychotherapist.

The suspect is an adherent of the controversial Swiss psychiatrist Samuel Widmer, who promotes the use of drugs in therapy.

Widmer lives with two women and has 11 children by them. In an interview on his own Web site, he criticized the taboo surrounding incest.


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This post was last updated: Sep. 24, 2009