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Chris Kyle’s Alleged Killer

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Eddie Ray Routh

I wonder, but do not know, the motivation or the mental state of Eddie Ray Routh, the 25-year old former Marine now being held for the Saturday murders in Texas of former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and fellow military veteran Chad Littlefield.

But I want to advance some possible theories. In time, we may discover more.

The obvious one to the public, and the one getting all of the attention so far, is post-traumatic stress disorder.

PTSD is technically an anxiety disorder. The definition is changing at this time, but as it stands it is defined like this:

– There is a traumatic experience, accompanied by feelings of fear and helplessness.

– There is a cluster of symptoms, including re-experiencing intrusive memories, numbness, and exaggerated reactions.

– There is an impairment in functioning.

Another possibility is psychosis.

– Psychosis, by definition, is a lack of contact with reality, usually accompanied by delusions or hallucinations. The most common mental disorder with psychosis is schizophrenia, which often presents in the early 20s.

Substance abuse is a third possible cause.

Alcohol is, of course, commonly abused. However, other substances, such as PCP, methamphetamines, and the newer synthetic marijuana (K2, spice, etc.) often cause psychosis.

How to sort these out?

Normally there will be an evaluation by a psychiatrist or psychologist, especially trained in this area (a “forensically trained psychiatrist or psychologist”). He or she will do an evaluation to find out whether PTSD, psychosis, substance abuse, or a combination, may have played a role in the accused mindset at the time of the crime.

The evaluation will consist of a clinical interview, gaining information from other sources such as family and friends, and may include psychological testing. The latter may include the ink-blot Rorschach test, the MMPI (the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) test, and other tools.

I am a forensic psychiatrist. I try to figure out whether someone is mentally ill, and – if so — whether they should be judged not criminally responsible or not guilty by reason of insanity due to such impairments.

Then again, the alleged killer simply could be evil.

Only time, and painstaking investigation, will tell.

45 comments
MarkDeegan
MarkDeegan

Let The Guy Go... It is Criminal what they did to him...

MarkDeegan
MarkDeegan

Let Me Guess. You have someoe with shell Shock or PTSD and You Take them to a Firing Range.

Then they flip out and Unload on You?

Not Using Your Brain I Think... Are we going to Blame Them?

thelizchick
thelizchick

I think he is just plain evil. He seen Chris as easy to prey on because he tried to help everyone that needed it. This Eddie  Routh is against everything sacred and needs the death penalty. 

MarkDeegan
MarkDeegan

Grow Some...

WhiskeyTango
WhiskeyTango

@MarkDeegan

Once again you write like an idiot. Your punctuation discredits everything you say because you are clearly uneducated.

I have No Idea wHy you Randomly Capitalize words that Shouldn't be.

MarkDeegan
MarkDeegan

Have No Idea Why You Arent That Intelligent...

MarkDeegan
MarkDeegan

You Argue Like A Woman, you change the subject... Thats all the fun Ill Have...

(Whiskey Tango), Is that Supposed To Mean Something? Are You a Drunk...

You Have No Clue... Good Bye

WhiskeyTango
WhiskeyTango

@MarkDeegan You really are an idiot. I'm happy that people such as you exist. It creates job opportunities for the rest of us. Keep it up!

MarkDeegan
MarkDeegan

Obviously You have not been there. Go to sleep little boy...

cander686
cander686

@MarkDeegan So that gives you the right to come on here and be disrespectful and preach your nonsense when someone just died? Man, you must have been raised poorly because you're lacking in manners and common courtesy. Once again, you are an unpatriotic clown.

cander686
cander686

Deegan, you are a joke. Don't like my comments you unpatriotic clown.

MarkDeegan
MarkDeegan

DO YOU REALLY KNOW What Happens To Enemy Snipers If Their Caught By American Troops?

ARE THEY TREATED WITH RESPECT?  If Not, Then WHY?

MarkDeegan
MarkDeegan

What do United States Troops Do To Snipers? Have you ever been shot by one?

Have You Been There? Have you been taking a shit and Shot?

2069379
2069379

String Him Up!

MarkDeegan
MarkDeegan

Are you Going To Try That? Or are you protected Behind Your Screen Name? 2069379

GPS77190861
GPS77190861

There are some seriously maladjusted individuals in todays society.  This man has sacrificed so much in his life to ensure these morons have a safe place to sleep, enjoy the guarantee of freedom and liberty yet the handful of ignorant comments below simply blows my mind.  No one person here is at fault.  All these men served and all likely had some form of PTSD.  This is the plight of todays warrior, on the front lines, pushing himself, selflessly, through the harshest climates, terrains and the most barbaric of cultures in order to seek out and destroy the enemies of nations which put the people, independance and equality first.  Anyone that has never been there, from the training to the frontlines will never understand.  I would prefer for those to try and not understand or comprehend these things.  The missions and battles these men have fought are for only these men.  Common ordinary souls not wired in such a way are better put to use in other ways.  So turn on your central air/heat, grab an ice cold beer/tea, light a cig or pack a dip, pick up your PS3 controller throw in Call of Duty or, whatever high speed covert ops games there are these days, take a seat on your comfy "never get rid of it" couch or lazy boy and play away.  Its that simple-right?

JackBrumbelow
JackBrumbelow

The question that lurks in my head is simply: "What training or preparation did Chris have for dealing with PTSD".


cander686
cander686 like.author.displayName 1 Like

RIP Chris Kyle, honorable SEAL. Iron-Willed Hero. God Bless you for all the lives you have saved and your selflessness donating the book money proceeds. Prayers to your family.

MarkDeegan
MarkDeegan like.author.displayName 1 Like

Chris Kyle's death seems to confirm that "he who lives by the sword dies by the sword." Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn't make sense

MarkDeegan
MarkDeegan

2 Shots, 2 Kills... Sign Him Up...

torigonzales12
torigonzales12 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@jalangaya  He was fighting for our country. I guess next time our soldiers get in a fight with the terrorists we will just "talk it out" with them while they are killing our soldiers. Will that make you feel better? Oh, and while he was out "bragging" about killing them as you would say he was donating all of his proceeds to the families whose family member/members who have died protecting our country including ignorant people like you who like to cowardly post things such as you did. God Bless The Kyle Family and Littlefield family as well! You died trying to help someone and as heroes and will live on as legends! 

kaisdaddy
kaisdaddy like.author.displayName 1 Like

I like the 'fighting for our Country' argument. How exactly does sending troops over to the Middle East help our country? What benefit has the average American enjoyed from our decade long occupation of Afghanistan? Our military does not fight for our Country the way most people define it. They fight for a handful of people in Washington DC, who mostly make poor decisions for political reasons. Killing and death are always destructive and regrettable, whether here or in some country where we don't know the victims.


jalangaya
jalangaya like.author.displayName 1 Like

Evil? Psychosis? What about a guy who kills 160 people, then goes around the talk shows to brag about it?

fredncarol
fredncarol

@jalangaya He sacrificed his life to defend people like you who have freedom of speech but have no conception of what WAR is like.

MarkDeegan
MarkDeegan

He didnt sacrafice his life. He got shot at a Gun Range...

KevinJenkins
KevinJenkins like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

You have no idea what goes on over there so shut your ignorant mouth.

MarkDeegan
MarkDeegan

Have You Been There? Or Has Your Hand Been Down Your Pants?

CTJohnson
CTJohnson like.author.displayName 1 Like

How about the theory that the shooter had turned to the other side after all the sniper that he had killed had the highest kill rate so it would make sense to have a hit taken out on him...

SeanHolly
SeanHolly

@CTJohnson 

So his grand plan was to commit two senseless murders in broad daylight with witnesses everywhere? Doesn't seem very rational to me.