Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mass murder of young children and teachers in Newtown, Connecticut

Psychotic. Evil.

Columbine. Charles Carl Roberts and the Amish school killings. SSG Bales and the Afghan village. The Arizona congresswoman. The nanny. Virgina Tech. Aurora movie theater. The Stuy grad. There are other shocking, relatively recent murders that I'm not remembering right now. I've read that typical-crime rates are going down, but mass murders are on the rise.

Add to them an elementary school in peaceful Newtown, Connecticut. The New York Times reports that the Children Were All Shot Multiple Times With a Semiautomatic, Officials Say. The incident's wiki page.

First graders, 6 and 7-year-old children, surprised then shot multiple times. The killer presumably kept shooting into the increasingly mangled bodies after the children were dead. Six school staff, all women, including the principal, school psychologist, and teachers, killed. He also killed his mom. Reports say the principal and psychologist ran to the sound of guns and the teachers died trying to shield their students.

Apparently, the murderer had no current personal relationship with the elementary school but reports say he attended the school as a child. Some reports say his mom continued to volunteer there. People, classmates and instructors, who knew him in high school say he was socially awkward with odd behaviors, though there were no violent indications, no criminal record. While he kept apart from others in school, he was not devoid of friendly social interaction. He played sports and was part of the technology club. There's no mention that he was attending college, despite that he was 20 years old and reportedly very smart. Add: He reportedly had congenital analgesia (inability to feel pain) and Asperger's Syndrome. A possible beginning of an explanation are reports that in the weeks or months leading up to the killings, he was self-hurting, his mom talked about 'losing him', he was jealous of his mom volunteering at the elementary school and the children his mom helped, and he was upset his mom had begun the involuntary commitment legal process. The murderer was 20, an age when many young men seriously take account of their lives, reflect, introspect, and envision the long term of their lives for the first time. Did he reach a conclusion that informed his final decision?

Neo-neocon comments on and recommends a sociologist's commentary, written in September before the Newtown massacre, on "rampage killers". A psychologist's theory that resonates.

There seems to be a growing trend of shocking multiple or mass murders that are random, unpredictable, and involve murderers who offer no warnings in the traditional sense of a personal conflict, criminal record, or a stated cause. They're not crimes of passion. They're not serial murderers who plan for secrecy. They killed for the sake of killing. They plan to cause death on a grand scale. They often have a trail of mental illness, but not always a psychological record that is predictive of their final acts.

By the time law enforcement can react, the killing is done. Like many, but not all of them, the killer in Newtown concluded his murder spree by committing suicide. The nanny also tried to kill herself.

I asked about the nanny killings, why? Now again, why? It doesn't make sense.

It's like they're possessed or rabid. Were I religious, I would say they were possessed by the Devil. I'm not religious, so I'll just call them psychotic, even evil. But that's not an explanation.

I initially wanted to call the Newtown murders terroristic, and terrorism has much in common with these sensational killings, but there normally is a cause behind terrorist acts and a strategic purpose, however twisted. These murders seem to have no sense to them at all. Just crazed killing.

A smart seemingly unremarkable, if odd and awkward, perhaps alienated kid commits mass murder-suicide of children who were strangers to him for no apparent reason. There's something very very sick here. Very wrong.

What am I going to do about it? What should I do? What can I do when I can't even answer why?

Eric

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am religious, a Chaplain and Minister, and I can tell you that this young man was most definitely possessed by a Demon (not Satan himself). Most "Christians" belive in angels (about 63 per cent according to a recent gallup poll), however only about 42 per cent believe in a literal devil. The Bible calls Satan the "Prince of the power of the air". (Eph. 2:2) and the "god of this world". (II Cor. 4:4). Demons are simply fallen angels, but they "work" for the Devil. Murdering small, innocent children cannot be "humanly" explained, because it is a SPIRITUAL problem, not a physical one. We are in the prophesied "End Time" (see Daniel Ch. 12, Matt. 24, and II Tim. 3:1). All these incidents are going to get worse. MARK my words. God is removing his hedge of protection and blessing from the USA due to the heinous sins of individuals and the goverment "leaders". Abortion, adultery, homosexuality, massive murder rate. (more killings in Chicago than in Japan and South Korea combined). I have a "test" for anyone who does not believe in a spirit world: Go out and buy a Ouija board game and turn out the lights and light a few candles and see what happens. You will then be calling on the God that you don't think exists, because he is the only one who can deliver you. The answer to all of this is genuine personal and national repentance, and without it, this country is going to collapse and be destroyed. When it happens, just remember where you heard it from. May the True God and his Son deliver us all.

RJ

12/16/2012 3:16 AM  

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