Category Archives: mental illness

What happens when “fake news” stirs up an unsettled person with a gun

“The fact of the matter is what I did is so minuscule to what they’re doing to white people every day, all the time.”

— South Carolina mass murderer Dylan Roof, quoted in “Jurors Hear Dylann Roof Explain Shooting in Video: ‘I Had to Do It’ by KEVIN SACK and ALAN BLINDER, New York Times, DEC. 9, 2016

Munich, US, and mental illness

excerpt from “Munich Killer Was Troubled, but Had No Terrorist Ties, Germany Says” by RUKMINI CALLIMACHI and MELISSA EDDY,” New York Times, 7/23/16

…Klaus Hurrelmann, a professor of public health and education at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, who wrote the introduction to the Germany edition of the academic study found in the gunman’s room, said the book examined 10 school killers in the United States. It found that they had mental illness, had been exposed to violence and had access to weapons — all of which appear to be the case for the Munich teenager.

“It bears noting that the perpetrator had an academic book at his home,” Mr. Hurrelmann said. “He appears to have recognized a familiar suffering among the 10 men in the book, who were in a similar situation.”