The Washington Navy Yard shooter believed he was being subjected to an “ultra low frequency attack” and left an electronic note saying this was “what I’ve been subject to for the last 3 months, and to be perfectly honest that is what has driven me to this,” the FBI revealed Wednesday.The hallucinations that a schizophrenic experiences are as real as what you and I experience every day. They hear voices, they see things, they sometimes feel things crawling under their skin -- and they are like a nightmare from which you cannot wake. No surprise that those suffering like this do some incredibly crazy and horrible things.
Aaron Alexis, 34, a computer technician for a private Navy contractor, killed 12 people and wounded four others in the Sept. 16 rampage as he fired a sawed-off Remington 870 Express shotgun in which he had etched several statements, including “End to the torment!”
There were several chances to prevent this, and alleviate his suffering before his suffering turned into the suffering of many others. And we blew it.
UPDATE: Someone is paying attention. From the September 24, 2013 Los Angeles Times:
A Utah man was behind bars Tuesday on charges of planning to attack a Salt Lake City shopping mall and a cinema to kill “as many people as possible.”He is bearing charged criminally. I suspect that this is simpler than hospitalizing him.
According to a variety of local media, including newspapers and the Associated Press, Jack Harry Stiles, 42, told a crisis counselor that he was planning his attack for Wednesday, the anniversary of his mother’s death. The counselor contacted authorities, who filed felony criminal charges of threat of terrorism on Monday. Stiles was being held in lieu of $1-million bail.
Authorities said Stiles, who has a history of mental illness and of making threats, didn't have any weapons but was planning to buy two guns with silencers and stock up on ammunition.
UPDATE 2: The news account about Alexis mentions that he had carved "End to the torment!" in the stock of the shotgun. I suddenly remembered last night that Patrick Purdy, a mentally ill drifter who murdered five children in a Stockton schoolyard in 1989, had carved "Hazbollah" in the stock of AK-47. Can anyone think of any other examples of mass murderers altering the stocks of their guns?