The Psychopath Machine: A Story of Resistance and Survival by Steve SmithThe Psychopath Machine: A Story of Resistance and Survival by Steve Smith

The Psychopath Machine: A Story of Resistance and Survival

bySteve Smith

Paperback | July 29, 2016

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When Steve Smith set out to hitchhike from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to Canada’s west coast back in 1968, he was just an eighteen-year-old hippie with an appetite for adventure. But a short way into his journey, a reckless decision to steal a car landed him in police custody. Afraid of getting caught with the two tabs of acid in his pocket, Steve popped them into his mouth. It was one of the worst decisions of his life. 

Mistaking his drug trip for a mental breakdown, the authorities placed him in Ontario’s notorious Oak Ridge mental health facility. While there, not only did he find himself shoulder-to-shoulder with people like notorious child killer Peter Woodcock and mass murderers Matt Lamb and Victor Hoffman, he also fell into the hands of someone worse: Dr. Elliot T. Barker.

Over the next eight months, Barker subjected Steve and the other patients to a battery of unorthodox experiments involving LSD, scopolamine, methamphetamines, and other drugs. Steven also experienced numerous other forms of abuse and torture. 

Following his release, Steve continued to suffer the aftereffects of his Oak Ridge experience. For several years, he found himself in and out of prison—and back to Oak Ridge—before he was finally able to establish himself as a successful entrepreneur. 

Once he began investigating what happened to him during his youth, not even Steve was prepared for what he would discover about Barker, Oak Ridge, and one of the darkest periods in Canada’s treatment of mental health patients. The question remains: Was Oak Ridge and Dr. Barker trying to cure psychopaths or trying to create and direct them?

Steve Smith has never considered himself to be a writer. However, realizing he had a compelling story, he set out to tell his tale. Originally published as a series of posts in online forums, this narrative has been revised and expanded to include not only a detailed account of his time at Oak Ridge and beyond but also pages of documen...
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Title:The Psychopath Machine: A Story of Resistance and SurvivalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.49 inPublished:July 29, 2016Publisher:FriesenPressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1460287843

ISBN - 13:9781460287842

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