Stanford Admissions Officer Charged With Attempted Murder After LSD-Fueled Rampage

The Deputy Director of Admissions for Stanford University has been arrested for attempted homicide after stabbing a woman while reportedly high on LSD.

James Shirvell, 26, was arrested Sunday after a domestic violence incident at a home in Potrero Hill. The victim, who was stabbed multiple times in the head, neck, and back, is reported to be a woman Shirvell lived with.

According to sources who spoke with NBC News, both Shirvell and the victim were experimenting with acid the night of the attack. In addition to the attempted homicide charges, Shirvell is facing counts of domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault with force likely to commit great bodily injury.

Stanford spokesperson E.J. Miranda gave the following statement to SFGate:

“Mr. Shirvell has been placed on leave and will not be coming on campus or performing any admissions work. We are continuing to gather information on this matter to inform next steps."

According to NBC News, Shirvell’s name has already been removed from the admissions website.


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