Information about the personality makeup and motives of mass shooters is usually slow to dribble out. Security and privacy issues make it difficult to learn a great deal about these individuals until a fair amount of time elapses and sometimes not even then. One thing we do hear in nearly every case is that the shooter was a "loner". This aspect of his personality is … [Read more...] about Mass Shooters: are they Loners by Choice?
One of the best things about being White must be not needing to wonder if the things that happen to you are because of your race. But if you’re a Person of Color in this country it can be tough to know if your race is influencing how others are treating you. Imagine almost always hearing car-alarms coincidentally chirp when walking through parking lots; and being watched … [Read more...] about Race has a very Strong Impact on how a Person is Treated in USA
Retire the line, "one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter". Put it to bed once and for all. It no longer applies. The truth is overwhelming to anyone with eyes to see. It’s on YouTube, in grisly still shots, and in graphic iconic photos of bloody prayer shawls wrapped around the shoulders of worshippers murdered while at prayer. Heads sawed … [Read more...] about Blood Lust: when Murder is its own Reward
From time to time, we read about "senseless" crimes. These are crimes for which there seems to be no identifiable motive such as lust, revenge, or greed. Such a crime occurred in Duncan, Oklahoma last summer when two men followed a student from Australia while he was jogging, chased him down with their car, and shot him. The reason they gave was that they were … [Read more...] about The “Senseless” Crime
I have played chess with a serial killer. It was interesting to watch how his moves mimicked how he'd hunted victims. When he had the advantage, he gloated, and when he captured one of my pieces, he was "taking blood". He liked to suggest strategies and he focused on winning, which sometimes undermined him. (That's also how he got caught.) This got me to thinking about other … [Read more...] about Strategy Games and Serial Killers