Tuesday, January 11, 2011

ABC's Brian Ross Says It's a Murder for Fame Motive

Jared Loughner is what forensics types call a "lone wolf," a person who is almost a solitary hermit, but wants his name in lights. I had that thought for a moment, as Loughner didn't fit the profile of a terrorist, like Major Hasan at Ft. Hood, or any other normal political assassin. Even Sirhan Sirhan killed RFK because he thought the Palestinians were getting mistreated by Israel with Bobby's aid and comfort. Here's the ABC theory:
...while some observers want to blame Saturday's bloodshed on lax gun laws or heated political rhetoric, experts say there is nothing more American than a loner who wants to be famous.

"If we feel that civility in public discourse is going to take away mass shootings we are mistaken," said Dr. Michael Welner, a forensic psychiatrist at New York University and an ABC News consultant. "Because the one common threat in mass shooting is, what does the shooter get out of it? And the shooter recognizes that if you assassinate a political figure you will be notorious."

"I think John Lennon had more to do with this than Sarah Palin," said Welner.

America has been plagued for decades by acts of violence attributed to lone wolves. The assassinations of the 1960's made household names of the men responsible.

The number of men, mostly young, who have sought similar notoriety since then only seems to have increased, up to this weekend's accused murderer, Jared Loughner.

"Most of them are very socially uncomfortable," said Brad Garrett, a former FBI profiler and special agent, "and so as a result they tend to withdraw and become more and more isolated and that is the reason I think we call them lone wolves because it's like they can't work in the pack, in other words they can't work in society."

Garrett, now an ABC News consultant, said he believes "there are thousands of people in this country like Mr. Loughner."

Too bad he didn't choose Michael Moore for martyrdom.

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