Naked Man On LSD Jumps From Theater Roof, Breaks Back

By Terrapinzflyer · Feb 1, 2010 · ·
  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Naked Man On LSD Jumps From Theater Roof, Breaks Back

    PETALUMA, Calif. -- A man who believed he could fly after he unwittingly ate food containing LSD fell from the roof of the Phoenix Theater early Sunday morning, police said Monday.

    The 19-year-old man fell about 25 feet from an upper roof to a lower roof, Lt. Tim Lyons said. He suffered a broken back and other injuries and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Police have not released his name.
    Phoenix Theater manager Tom Gaffey said he knows the injured man as Jesse, a regular patron of the theater who hangs out downtown.

    Lyons said the man told police he ate some food in the theater, a popular youth venue at 201 Washington St., and also shared food outside. He said he believes someone surreptitiously put "acid" in the food and that he became delusional and thought he could fly, Lyons said.

    He was naked and alone when police found him on the lower roof around 5:45 a.m. Sunday after receiving an anonymous call, Lyons said.

    The Phoenix Theater's management was called, but it doesn't appear anyone in charge was present when the fall happened, Lyons said. The roof can only be accessed from inside the theater, he said.

    Gaffey said there was a memorial dance at the theater Saturday night for a Petaluma teen who died in a skateboarding accident last year.

    About 40 people attended the dance and Gaffey said he left around 3 a.m. He Jesse also left the theater but apparently returned at some point, and that a janitor heard someone on the roof, Gaffey said.

    "He was lying down when we found him but he jumped right up and was walking around," Gaffey said. "We didn't find any clothes on the roof. He must have gotten naked downtown. We're still trying to piece this together."

    The Phoenix Theater is a haven for teens that encourages them to engage in music and performing arts. The theater provides instruction in music and video production in addition to acting as a concert venue.

    Posted: 11:46 am PST February 1, 2010

    COMMENT The report linking this to LSD should be taken with a large grain of salt. The turtle can confirm that in this city there has been 5-meo-dpt (powder) being sold as ecstasy recently , so its anyones guess what this person may have ingested.

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  1. Alfa
    None of this story adds up. Asides from that a naked man fell from a roof, I do not believe a word of this article.
  2. kylee0206

    i agree completely. but it is stories like this- true or not- that give LSD such a horrible reputation.
  3. Raoul duke420
    Yea swim hates seeing LSD get bad press in situations such as this. Afterall all this really says is a dude jumped off a roof naked, and he assumes he was dosed, really no proof of LSD being involved though.
  4. Nnizzle
  5. Terrapinzflyer
    nah- they copy verbatim. And turtle can confirm this did happen- though real details are still not known. Not sure they ever will be.

    As stated in the comment on the original post- 5-meo-dmt has been sold as mdma in the area recently. There have been some other rc's floating around as other substances. My gut feeling is the kid got something other then what he was told... And someone in the area is a scumbag for misrepresenting substances...
  6. platitude
    Sounds like a fake story. SWIM has NEVER totally lost contact with reality when on LSD, and never knew anyone who had that kind of trip. SWIM thinks it is just not possible to get so f*cked up with LSD; you may have a really bad trip but you always know it's just your imagination.
    If another substance is involved then the story may be true.
    Anyway, that story sounds like sensationalist bullshit to SWIM
  7. Terrapinzflyer

    The turtle strongly disagrees with this- he has witnessed such occurences more times then he cares to think about. Doubly true if someone does not realize they took a potent psychedelic.

    He will say again- this event 100% for sure occurred- the only questions are exactly what was ingested, and how. The original story is irresponsible in many regards - but does not change the fact that something bad happened here. BTW- worth mentioning that the turtle for a long time though "broken back" = paralysis - but this is not true. It covers many more less serious injuries.
  8. platitude
    Thinking about it for a while SWIM thinks your turtle may be right. If someone put a potent psychedelic in his food with the intention of making him some kind of damage then, if LSD was involved, may perfectly have been a LOT of acid, many times higher than a normal dose. It that case SWIM believes that anything can happen.
    SWIM though about this subject from the point of view of a recreational dose and that is why he didn't believe the story.
    If this what is told is true, SWIM still thinks that a heavier substance may have been involved, for example scopolamine. This sounds exactly like the kind of stuff people do when they take datura
  9. Simple-Name
    swim agrees with the turtle on that LSD can cause some ridiculous actions in some people... swim witnessed it in only 1 person before and it was very odd... same person had 3 freak out incidents, twice on LSD, once on mush... guy shouldn't be doing any drugs!

    that being said, this story sounds crazy... LSD wouldn't do something like this, who thinks they can fly?
    The guy who swim witnessed seemed to just blurt out random things and was scarred of everybody he ran in too... (Yelling at ppl, assuming random things, being scared of unfamiliar faces..) Seemed like a schizo attack more than anything...

    Upon further thinking/reading though swim thinks maybe he was given way too much LSD, but than again, swim has never experienced anything beyond a 5 tab trip... Maybe one day though :) Really do think it was not LSD though
  10. x cynic x
    My aunt Jemima and her associates have never felt the ability to fly, but they've heard of such cliche incidents before. Dubious but plausible. Was it truly LSD? Did the naked person have any underlying medical conditions? Many questions remain unanswered.
  11. Abrad
    Of course it could, easily. People often react in very unexpected ways to various psychedelics. He may not have "thought he could fly", this is the bullshit explanation that gets attached to any incident where somebody on psychedelics falls from a high place.
  12. chilliker
    THought this quote might fit in here:

    You never see a positive drug story on the news. They always have the same LSD story. You've all seen it: "Today a young man on acid...thought he could fly...jumped out of a building...what a tragedy!" What a dick. He's an idiot. If he thought he could fly why didn't he take off from the ground first? Check it out? You don't see geese lined up to catch elevators to fly south; they fly from the fucking ground. He's an idiot. He's dead. Good! We lost a moron. Fucking celebrate. There's one less moron in the world.
    Wouldn't you like to see a positive LSD story on the news? To base your decision on information rather than scare tactics and superstition?, perhaps? Wouldn't that be interesting? Just for once?
    "Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration – that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There's no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we're the imagination of ourselves. Here's Tom with the weather." - Bill Hicks
  13. 69Ron
    Many more people jump off of buildings while drunk. It's extremely common. Some people are idiots. Some people are just unhappy with their life and want to end it while drunk or high. Many fall by accident.

    SWIM has used LSD over a thousand times and never once thought he could do anything impossible like fly, nor has he ever seen anyone else do anything like that. But he has seen people totally freak out from LSD, scared shitless, hiding in the corner afraid of everything. Very high doses of LSD can cause a sort of delirium and maybe in some people they might actually do something stupid like fall off a building. But I doubt they think they can fly. It’s like someone drunk who falls off a building. They are smashed out of their minds and don’t know what they are doing. That’s all. They aren’t trying to fly.

    Daturas are more likely to cause people to think they can fly. They cause extreme delirium at hallucinogenic doses, making people see all kinds of crap as if its real. LSD doesn’t quite do that, but news stories like to dramatize it. Instead of, “man is totally smashed on drugs and falls out of a window”, they like to say, “man dried trying to fly out of a window”.

    If the man thought he could fly he’d be flapping his arms or something like that. Or trying to fly like superman with his harms extended out. These guys aren’t doing anything like that.

    Most of these guys are likely doing something stupid like sitting on the window seal, taking in a nice view of the city, and slip and fall to their death. Not a good story for the news, so they spice it up.
  14. ianzombie
    Such an urban legend might well exist but what Chilliker was Quoting is the 'Bill Hicks' stand up routine which takes the piss out of the scare-mongering around LSD.
    If Swiy has not heard it its worth sourcing out and having a listen.
    The guy was a genius when it came to comedy.

    As for people trying to (or thinking they can) fly under the influence of LSD, Swim has no doubt its happened.
  15. Terrapinzflyer
    Teen explains Phoenix jump

    Editor: First of all, I would like to make clear that the Phoenix Theater is my home away from home. I see amazing things happen in that building all the time. I see kids picking up instruments and playing them with such passion.

    Not only do I see people learning new things, but the Phoenix provides people with a safe place to be.

    I take responsibility and apologize for all of the consequences that have resulted from me jumping off of the Phoenix’s roof. And secondly, I feel the need to make some details clear, because the media distorted the facts.

    I did not get the LSD from anyone in or around the Phoenix; I took the drug willingly and on my own time. I hid out when I was supposed to leave that night, and sneaked up to the roof. With that, I would like to apologize for any confusion that I may have caused regarding the nature of the Phoenix. Thank you.

    Jesse Ford, Petaluma

    Published: Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 3:00 a.m.
  16. CrookedEye
    SWIM was at a Phil Lesh and Friends show in May of 06, and saw a guy jump from the upper deck to the floor, which ended with a broken femur for the guy. The show was at the Warfield, and is videotaped and for sale, but doesn't have the jumping guy in it.. BTW, the guy confirmed eating too much acid and took responsibility for his actions as well..

    All I have to say is, "If you think you can fly, please take off from the ground.."
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