Posted by Yehuda Berlinger as RPGs
Thomas Radecki is a psychiatrist and lawyer, a vocal member of the National Council on Television Violence, and an activist against fantasy role-playing game violence in much the same way that Jack Thomson is for video game violence.
He claims to have been personally involved in 8 or 9 cases of death due to role-playing games, and has familiarity with over 130 more, details of which he lists on his site. It makes for gruesome reading. Most of the deaths seem to be only tangentially related to the game (e.g. occurred at the same location as where the victim often played, or happened soon after a game session was finished), and others appear to indicate that Radecki doesn’t have a full grasp of what the game is all about.
8/12/2016 UPDATE: Radecki’s website has been down for some time. However, his list is still available via the Wayback Machine here: Deaths Involving Violent Fantasy Role-Playing Games.
After taking some time to read Radecki website he seems to fall in to the stereotype D&D hating nut that wants to bring back the ‘good old days’ when the world was full of brightly colour flowers and no one ever said a bad word to anyone else… just read his list of approved movies! Radecki it’s not the 80s anymore and even when it was it was never like your romanticised memories!
For someone who claims to dislike violence, Dr. Quack Radecki sure likes to provoke anger and violence through his passive agressive conduct. Check out a youtube video of the nasty intern quarters he provided my son and me in 2010, that is, until I stopped eating dinners with his nasty self: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcXQ8GtW8w8. Within 14 days of moving across the country for a drug and alcohol counseling “intern” position, he evicted us and revoked the ” internship” position, because I refused to continue eating dinners with him. Check out another youtube video I took of confidential patient drug and alcohol records he dumped in a trash container at one of his rental units in Clarion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QMofFWgYv8. I quess the creep doesn’t believe in shredders! Of course, he couldn’t have gotten away with as much crap as he did, if his office assistant Mallorie McFarland didn’t cover for him and enable his unethical and illegal conduct. Lastly, my son and I ended up being homeless for a YEAR.
I need closure: I was a patient od dr. Radeckis: 30 years ago in decatur Il 62521: after he tried to have sex with me: I asked my therapis if he was in love with me. I never had intercourse with him and quickly changed psychiatrists. I did not learn about his sexual abuse of female patients in IL. until years later. how sad that his liscences was only suspended and he went on to become a lawyer.
My sister was a patient of Dr. Radecki in Urbana, IL in 1983. Our entire family met with him to help her. He singled me out for private sessions, i was nearly 20 at the time. This guy is an unethical deviant. He made serious sexual advances and commented about how he wanted me because I was pretty and had a tight little body, and that he felt young women would perform sexually in ways women his age wouldn’t. He also detailed how he would perform breast exams on women he hospitalized in the inpatient psych unit, not because they needed it, but because it got him off. I reported him to the clinic where he practiced, and met with authorities on several occasions to detail his actions.
Poorly sourced, no follow up data, no actual proof that the criminals even played D&D in most cases. Standard scare story nonsense.
The only thing about gaming that triggers an angry response in me is when some “expert” tries to push all of his time, energy and motivations into creating hateful feelings towards a hobby. Can we see how many murders and suicides are related to Non-D&D things? Oh wow, you would think money, politics, religion, and drugs would be a bigger cause of threats in 1 year than D&D has been in 30….weird.
And apparently, D&D hasn’t caused anyone to “go nuts” for 16 years now (since the latest report I saw was from ’93)! Thank God the scourge of violence is over!!!
To my knowledge Dr. Thomas Radecki has never sat for the Bar Exam in any state. In addition, I witness numerous Hippaa violations in his office by both himself and his office staff. Further, some pharmacies such as Walmart in Clarion are currently not filling his Suboxone or narcotics scripts.
Dr. Radecki lost his license to practice in Chicago almost 20 years ago for sexually abusing his patients. It would not be a good idea to invite him to a game of Monopoly, never mind D&D. I once asked him at a media censorship forum (hosted by Joe Bob Briggs) why juvenile delinquency did not vanish after the establishment of the Comics Code Authority in the mid-50s. He replied that “the first violent TV show was broadcast shortly after the comic book crack-down.” Like any utopianist, this man is a fanatically idealistic, lying moron!
I worked with this guy personally between 1990–1994. His in patients detested and feared him; his peers openly jeered him. This guy devised a way to cure cigarette smoking by having the patient wear a pendant of rotting chicken gizzards inside a bottle; the idea was, when you had an urge to smoke, just open the bottle and whiff.
While he decried anti violence in television and movies, in the late nineties he made the local head lines as having blown off three hours of his scheduled patient office calls to go watch ‘The Passion of the Christ’. It was not uncommon for us to see him munching on the in patient food supply in the unit kitchenette. He would swear out loud in front of patients and staff alike if something that he perceived as ‘violent’ came on the unit t.v.
I hadn’t even been aware of his medical practice existence until I found this site. All I can say to any prospective patient of ‘doctor’ Thomas Radecki is…..CAVEAT EMPTOR. Let the buyer beware.
In 1994 he got busted for sexual impropriety with some of his female patients, as well as allegations of state funded bilking. I have not physically seen him since.
Interesting! Bookmarked this page :D
I’m in the process of assembling some data for a piece I’m writing about how D&D is still suffering from the witch-hunts of the 70’s (as shown by the Community episode almost being axed and the Newyork times article on Game of Thrones). Still building up my sources, but you can bet this post and the resposnes will be used :D
WELL GOOD OLD DR.RADECKI’S OFFICE IN SENECA PENNSYLVANIA WAS RAIDED BY THE POLICE FOR SUPPOSEDLY SELLING MEDICATION OUT OF HIS OFFICE,ALL HIS OFFICES AND HIS HOME HAD WARRENTS SERVED AND ALL HIS THINGS RELATED TO HIS PRACTICE WAS SEIZED,NOW WHY WOULD A DOCTOR THAT IS SO AGAINAT DRUGS BE ACCUSED OF SELLING THEM OUT OF HIS OFFICE??.NOW ALL THEM PEOPLE THAT WERE GETING SABOXIN AN SUBUTEX TO GET OFF OPYS WHAT WILL THEY DO NOW?NOW THAT HE HAS STRUNG PEOPLE OUT ON THESE PILLS,THE HOSPITALS WILL BE OVER CROWDED WITH PEOPLE GOING THROUGH WITHDRAL.HE IS SUCH A GOOD DOCTOR!!!YEAH DONT BELEAVE THAT,HE DOES’NT CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE HE ONLY CARES ABOUT THE HUNDREDS AN HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS HE MAKES ON A DAILY BASIS….ALL HE IS IS A LEGAL DOPE PUSHER,HIS DAYS OF MAKEN MONEY OFF THE ADDICTS ARE OVER..
I believe Michael is referring to this news story:
I saw Dr. Radecki back in late 80’s and he was a nutcase.He was convinced that Poison,dokken and all metal evem glam bands were all satanic and did not help me one bit.He is worthless and glas he lost his license!
This guy is under investigation for several allegations, including trading prescription drugs for sex.