Death of a True Believer

She probably felt Adderall didn’t count because it was prescribed. A common mistake.

Warning: This is a sad story about a 34-year-old woman, struggling to recover from addiction, who died in the storming of Congress on January 6. At first thought to have been trampled in the crush, it was later determined that her death resulted from an overdose of a stimulant, possibly her prescribed Adderall, a common amphetamine. More on that later.

As it turns out, she was also deeply involved in the QAnon conspiracy, apparently convinced she was doing her part to help save the country she loved from an evil cabal of liberal pedophiles who had stolen the Presidency. More on that later, too.

Here’s the article in the New York Times that first caught my attention. It's focused on her political involvement, but it's the recovery aspect that interested me.

Death of QAnon Follower at Capitol Leaves a Wake of Pain

In the way of cult members, the more energy and time she devoted to QAnon, the less effort she put into her relationships with family and friends. I suspect...

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