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Bath Salt Use Leads to Talks With Jesus, Beating of Old Woman

What is it about "bath salts" that makes for incredibly oddball and violent crimes? PCP caused R&B one-hit-wonder Houston to stab his own eye out, but even that dangerous chemical hasn't made the headlines that Mephedrone, 3,4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and Methylone have. In case you are wondering, those are the three chemical compounds most commonly used in bath salts.

Bath salts first made the news with the Miami Cannibal, then the upstate New York mother that was beating her child until she was tased to death. Now, L.A. finally has its own nasty bath salts crime. Robert William White allegedly beat a 77-year-old woman over the head with a shovel, and then said he was an alien that talks to Jesus, reports the Huffington Post.

He admitted that he drank soda spiked with the new drug. He then took out a shovel and sung at birds. When the 77-year-old asked him to stop, he responded, “I hate you and I want to kill you today.” He then beat her with the shovel. She is expected to survive, reports the Huff Po.

White then barricaded himself in his apartment until the police mannged to snag a key. They tried to subdue him with a rubber bullet but ended up having to subdue him with a Taser anyway. On the way out, White yelled, “God loves you all!” to bystanders.

While the Huff Po reports that bath salts are not banned nationwide, that’s not exactly correct. The DEA has placed an emergency ban on the three major chemicals found in bath salts as of October of last year. Except where specifically “authorized by law”, possession, use, or the sale of these chemicals is a felony throughout the country. The LA City Council also banned the drug, reports the Post.

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