Monday, February 6, 2017

Trial Documents Show Dylann Roof Had Mental Disorders

Yet another shocking revelation about Dylann Roof. From the New York Times:

In a motion filed shortly before the trial began in December, Mr. Roof’s lawyers asked for special scheduling accommodations like shortened court days and frequent breaks. That motion cited findings by Dr. James C. Ballenger, the court-appointed psychiatrist who evaluated Mr. Roof in jail in mid-November, that he “suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder, a Mixed Substance Abuse Disorder, a Schizoid Personality Disorder, depression by history, and a possible Autistic Spectrum Disorder.”
Wait -- Dylan Roof was schizoid? I thought he was a perfectly normal kid who was forced to kill people after Confederate monuments sent mind control waves into his brain. I don't know what to believe any more.

2 comments:

roho said...

He was a nut job from day one.

But, I support the concept of "GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY" vs "NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY".

Off him...................I don't want to feed him.

Weaver said...

The propaganda from the media is no longer believable. They love Roof, because he can be labeled as white, right-wing - and so demonise political opponents as potentially dangerous.

The true motive for his crimes seems to be his shock at discovering black-on-white crime rates vs. what's reported. So, had the media reported honestly, Roof likely never would have been motivated to murder.

Regardless, he's one guy. And the guy in Canada was just one guy. We have far more crime and hate crimes by people who fit very different stereotypes.

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In general I'm wary of diagnoses that a person is or isn't crazy. If you're a bad engineer, you get fired. If you're a bad psychiatrist, who would notice? It's a soft science like political science.

If we look objectively at the murder statistics, Roof is unusual.

I'm more afraid of the media. I fear it is wanting to stoke a particular reaction, to use Roof as propaganda. Without the concentrated media, we'd have none of these wars - and likewise we might have fewer murders, without the concentrated media. So, the media is a very dangerous power.