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Psychiatrist Arrested With Crack Cocaine and a Dead Man Buried in His Backyard

Posted on | January 17, 2014 | 23 Comments

Allegedly, I hasten to add:

The body of a 31-year-old man who went missing in October was buried behind the home of a psychiatrist affiliated with the University of Rochester Medical Center. Police say Dr. William Lewek, 62, confessed to hiding Matthew Straton‘s body “in his backyard under a patio chair and a pile of dirt, grass and other debris,” the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported Friday.
Police did not say how Straton died, and Lewek was not immediately charged with homicide after the missing man’s badly decomposed corpse was found behind the home on Rochester’s Rowley Street. Lewek was charged with tampering with physical evidence, a felony, and an arrest affidavit said Lewek admitted moving Straton’s body from a third-floor bedroom of the home and burying it in the backyard.
Lewek also faces a felony charge of possessing a controlled substance after police say they found 17 small bags of crack cocaine “packaged for street sale” hidden in a shoe in Lewek’s house.
Lewek’s psychiatric practice dealt with drug addiction and his patients said he treated them at the Rowley Street address. “I asked the policeman, I said I’ve got an appointment and he said not today,” said Carol Lovel . . .

Read the whole thing at Viral Read. No need to jump to any conclusions here, but if you’ve been seeing the same psychiatrist for 14 years and still need treatment, maybe you should get another shrink.

UPDATE: There are at least two mysteries here:

  1. Why would a psychiatrist be holding crack cocaine “packaged for street sale”?
  2. How did Straton meet up with Lewek?

It’s best not to engage in speculation — the full story will be reported in due time — but outside the Rochester court where Lewek was arraigned today, Straton’s mother told a reporter that “her son hurt his back a few years ago, and became addicted to pain killers.” However, the mother had never heard of Dr. Lewek until her son’s body was found in the psychiatrist’s backyard.

Pretty easy to guess how these puzzle pieces fit together, but as I say, we can wait until the full story is reported.



23 Responses to “Psychiatrist Arrested With Crack Cocaine and a Dead Man Buried in His Backyard”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    January 17th, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

    Maybe he determined the best course of treatment was putting the patient down. Or perhaps the patient was behind on his bill. Or both. Or maybe he was just helping a client out by providing burial in his garden.

    I am of course just speculating.

  2. rmnixondeceased
    January 17th, 2014 @ 4:40 pm

    Must be the guy the SheMales have been going to for their affirmation …

  3. Steve Skubinna
    January 17th, 2014 @ 4:42 pm

    Some people go to therapy because they’re addicted.

    To therapy.

  4. Steve Skubinna
    January 17th, 2014 @ 4:43 pm

    Damn, and I thought we’d finally shaken those harpies!

  5. rmnixondeceased
    January 17th, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

    They’re not harpies, they are players in the old pimp game reset to target lesbians, feminists and other deluded fools. Simply a dude with a new game …

  6. robertstacymccain
    January 17th, 2014 @ 4:48 pm

    Whatever the explanation is, it’s guaranteed to be interesting, which is why the story caught my eye.

  7. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    January 17th, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

    The actual likely motive (I am of course speculating–but there is a basis for it) is a drug deal gone bad. Maybe the patient tried to blackmail the good doctor into giving him cocaine. But it is interesting.

    The accused Psychriatrist has a certain Bill Schmalfeldt look to him, doesn’t he? Of course, I could not see Schmalfeldt getting through medical school.

  8. Art Deco
    January 17th, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

    Pretty agreeable part of town for that sort of thing. Of course, there’s nuttin’ I put past the mental health trade…

  9. ajpwriter
    January 17th, 2014 @ 5:53 pm

    Cocaine is a hell of a drug.

  10. rmnixondeceased
    January 17th, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

    Heh. Or middle school either …

  11. Adjoran
    January 17th, 2014 @ 6:13 pm

    Seems perfectly plausible to me.

    You don’t want a dead guy in the guest room, do you? At the very least it would creep out future house guests, at worst there is going to be putrefication, so better to move him now.

    You cover him up out of respect and to avoid alarming the neighbors.

    You don’t call the police right away because the guy left all this crack and knowing the cops, they will get the wrong idea about it.

    PLUS, the shrink has a serious case of pink-eye to deal with.

    Nothing to see here, move along, folks.

  12. Adjoran
    January 17th, 2014 @ 6:14 pm

    Bill could get through medical school – as a cadaver.

    Already dead in brain and soul, so he has a head start.

  13. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    January 17th, 2014 @ 7:03 pm

    Well it also helps when you therapist has cocaine.

  14. richard mcenroe
    January 17th, 2014 @ 8:42 pm

    That man looks like he might be a crusading progressive blogger.

  15. Bob Belvedere
    January 18th, 2014 @ 12:26 am

    Or the brother Roger Ailes never mentions.

  16. Adjoran
    January 18th, 2014 @ 1:12 am

    Like they are two different people . . . 😉

  17. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    January 18th, 2014 @ 1:15 am

    Line for the Good Doctor: Is that a dead patient in your back yard or are you just happy to see me?

  18. Wayne Washburn
    January 18th, 2014 @ 5:25 am

    W T F ! ? ….. Physician , heal thyself .

  19. Dai Alanye
    January 18th, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    I’m forced to vote you down for making a bad (as well as unoriginal) joke.

  20. K-Bob
    January 18th, 2014 @ 11:42 am

    WTF is it with fat-headed bald guys lately?

    (Reminds me, I need to cut my hair again.)

  21. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    January 18th, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    You are a tough audience Dai Alanye. At least you could come back with a funny and original response!

  22. Dai Alanye
    January 18th, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

    I thought I was! Too snarky, huh?

  23. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    January 18th, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

    My joke was lame, but yours was even lamer.