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David Frederick Miner IV told police he was high on LSD, a powerful hallucinogen, when he stabbed his mother, 45-year-old Samantha Annette Miner, in the neck with a kitchen knife inside their home in the 100 block of Deerfield Place at approximately 6:53 p.m. Sunday, according to court charging documents.

A 19-year-old accused of killing his mother with a knife in late April was among three men indicted by a county grand jury last week, according to a press release from the county prosecutor’s office.

David Frederick Miner IV, of the 100 block of Deerfield Place, has remained in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center without the possibility of bail since his arrest April 19 on charges of first- and second-degree murder, first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault and a single count of resisting or interfering with arrest, according to court records and previous stories published in The Frederick News-Post.

19-year-old Frederick man accused of stabbing mom to death

Miner was indicted on each of those charges, meaning the grand jury found there was sufficient cause for his case to be forwarded to Frederick County Circuit Court.

Miner himself admitted to stabbing his mother, 45-year-old Samantha Annette Miner, in the neck with a kitchen knife when she reportedly tried to stop him from using the knife to attack the family dog, according to charging documents previously reported on by the News-Post. Miner also told police he had used LSD, a potent hallucinogen, prior to the stabbing, according to previous stories.

In addition to Miner, indictments for two other men were handed down by the grand jury:

  • Gary E. Davis, 47, of Monrovia, was indicted on six counts related to the promotion or distribution of child pornography.
  • William Bud Fogle, 36, of Thurmont, indicted on 10 counts of the promotion or distribution of child pornography and 10 counts for the possession of child pornography.

An indictment by a grand jury is not a finding of guilt. All individuals named remain innocent until proven guilty.

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He needs a social worker to understand why he is unhappy.


[I wrote this comment after reading the original story, which mentioned "a 'mason jar full' of suspected liquid LSD. It was never published. By the time I finished writing it (just minutes later) posts from trolls had caused the moderator to shut down the comment section. All existing posts, including legitimate ones, were deleted.]


First of all, deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Miner.

Regarding David Miner's claim of being high on LSD -- LSD does come in liquid form, but it is almost always transferred to blotter paper for retail sale. Unless Miner is manufacturing it (very doubtful), or knows someone who is, the idea that he would have liquid LSD is absurd. Synthesizing LSD is very complicated -- it's not like cooking meth. A 'mason jar full' (or even partially full) is an insane amount of acid -- one ounce of pure LSD is enough for about 250,000 (100 mcg) doses.

I doubt that what Miner took was actually LSD -- not the liquid anyway. The article does mention a "bag with suspected LSD". Without knowing what the police are referring to, it seems possible Miner had some blotter acid (it's readily identifiable). While it's *possible* the drug could have been a factor in Miner's rampage -- people do have different reactions to it -- the vast majority of people have a generally positive experience. Many describe it as spiritual. Some say it was the most profound experience of their life. A common thought is a feeling of unity with all living things -- the polar opposite of turning into a homicidal maniac. In some rare cases people have been known to inadvertently harm themselves, but almost never another person -- certainly not intentionally. Most of the stories we've all heard of people thinking they can fly and jumping out of windows are gov't "Reefer Madness" style propaganda.

I'm not suggesting it's impossible that Miner was high on acid, or that LSD played a role in his behavior. Perhaps he had/has preexisting mental health issues. Maybe he was inclined to harm animals and people to begin with. Maybe he has anger management issues. One thing we do know is that people do not drop acid and turn into axe murderers. Quite the opposite.

Doctors are finally being allowed to experiment with LSD again. It shows great promise for helping people with substance abuse; alcoholism; smoking cessation; depression; and end of life anxiety. When used properly it can be very helpful. In fact, according to a peer-reviewed study published in The Lancet, LSD and psilocybin mushrooms are the absolute least harmful substances people routinely ingest:


dancing donna

Thank you. This is good to know. Such a sad story. To me a mother is so precious. One that gives life and protects her children. I can't imagine anyone wanting to hurt any mother, much less their own. Similar case in Frederick several months ago where a teen beat up his parents, almost to death. Something seriously wrong is happening to our young men in the county and country. When violence is glorified in video games and on screen, young kids become desensitized to it. The young brain cannot easily distinguish between real and fantasy. Over my almost 50 years on earth, I can clearly see the parallel between the increase of violence on screen and the manifestation of violence that now has become almost normal in society.


The perp claims he was on LSD, no supporting evidence. LSD doesn't make someone violent although it might lessen one's inhibitions to act on their violent nature.


Maryland needs to bring back the death penalty.


Was he on drugs when this happened?



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