Court Psychiatrists: Norwegian Killer is a 'Paranoid Schizophrenic'

November 29, 2011 -

Psychiatrists who Norwegian courts assigned to assess accused mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik have come to the not-so-shocking conclusion that he is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. After interviewing him 13 times, they say he was in a "psychotic state" during and after the two separate attacks in late July that led to the deaths of 77 people and injured 151. The report is preliminary and still needs to be reviewed by a panel of forensic psychiatrists. While Breivik will still stand trial in April of 2012, it is likely that he will be placed in psychiatric care rather than go to prison.

A majority of Norwegians are outraged by the findings, with many comparing his actions to that of a "war criminal" and others lamenting the fact that he won't be adequately punished for his crimes. Breivik pled not guilty to the attacks, despite admitting that he carried them out. He argued that they were a necessary part of his campaign to defend Europe against what he called a "Muslim invasion." Prosecutors told the media that the two psychiatrists who interviewed him concluded that he lived in his "own delusional universe where all his thoughts and acts are guided by his delusions."

"If the final conclusion is that Breivik is insane, we will request that the court in the upcoming legal proceedings pass sentence by which Breivik is subjected to compulsory mental health care," prosecutor Inga Bejer Engh told reporters in Oslo.

A lawyer for the victims said that the determination ultimately didn't matter as long as Breivik was not allowed to go free.

In a 200+ page manifesto that was published online earlier this year, Breivik talked about his fascination with the Call of Duty series and other games. Anti-game camps immediately tried to seize on that information as proof that games teach people how to kill. Of course, putting the blame on video games takes it away from the man that committed the crimes - who has been proven to be mentally unstable and is clearly Islamaphobic. We'll have more on this story as it develops.

Source: BBC


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Re: Court Psychiatrists: Norwegian Killer is a 'Paranoid ...

Further proof that Modern Warfare 2 was only symptomatic of a man with very, very severe mental problems.

Re: Court Psychiatrists: Norwegian Killer is a 'Paranoid ...

I actually feel kinda sorry for him.   His fate probably would have been better if he had not been ruled insane...

People tend to not realize just how horrible such a ruling is.  Rights as a human? Gone.  Due process? Gone.  Access to the legal system? Gone. You are no longer a person, you no longer have agency, you have no say in what is medically done to you.. and generally you never get out since they are under no legal obligation to ever release you.

The absolute best case scenario is he is so unbalanced he can never be made lucid.  A truely horrible outcome is they medicate him just enough that you essentially end up with a normal person being punished for crimes they can not understand why they happened since once you switch the brain chemistry the whole person can change.

*shiver*

But hey, it is all about vengeance, isn't it?

Re: Court Psychiatrists: Norwegian Killer is a 'Paranoid ...

Regardless of whether or not this person understands the crime committed, it doesn't erase the crime of the life lost due to this man's actions. I agree that it would be a pretty awful fate to be sedated and confused for the rest of his life, but what's the other option? A general population sentence for him is just the same thing as a death sentence, just with a non-specific and probably quicker end.

 

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Andrew EisenYep, it's why the news media stopped spotlighting numbnuts who run out on the field during sporting events.10/25/2014 - 12:01am
Matthew Wilsonin media research its called the copycat effect. it simply says that if the news covers one mass shooting shooter, it increases the likelihood of another person going on a mass shooting.10/25/2014 - 12:00am
Andrew EisenAgreed. It bugs me that I know the names, faces and personal histories of a bunch of mass shooters but I couldn't tell you the name of or recognize a photo of a single one of their victims.10/24/2014 - 11:51pm
AvalongodAgree with Quiknkold. @Mecha...if that worked we would have figured out how to prevent these long ago.10/24/2014 - 11:32pm
MechaCrashUnfortunately, you have to focus on the perpetrator to figure out the whys so you can try to prevent it from happening again.10/24/2014 - 10:55pm
quiknkoldpoor girl. poor victims. rather focus on them then the shooter. giving too much thought to the monster takes away from the victims.10/24/2014 - 10:15pm
Andrew EisenFor what it's worth, early reports are painting the motive as "he was pissed that a particular girl wouldn't date him."10/24/2014 - 10:12pm
quiknkoldwell then I suck as a man cause I ask for help when necessary :P10/24/2014 - 10:07pm
Technogeek(That said, mostly I was making the smartass evopsych comment because your post seemed like the kind of just-so story that has come to dominate 99% of its usage.)10/24/2014 - 10:04pm
TechnogeekHell, Liam Neeson built his modern career around it. Cultural factors likely play a far greater role than you appear willing to admit.10/24/2014 - 10:03pm
TechnogeekSeriously, though, the idea of "because women are protectors and that's why they never commit school shootings" is, at best, grossly overreductive. There's nothing inherently feminine about being willing to kill in order to protect one's offspring.10/24/2014 - 10:03pm
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quiknkoldthere, I'm done. And thats what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown10/24/2014 - 9:54pm
quiknkoldand I am not spouting Evopsych, technogeek. tbh I never heard the phrase till you said it. I'm going off my observations.10/24/2014 - 9:54pm
quiknkoldmoreover, the guy who did this isnt even white. He was native american according to the news report I read. Also that he went for a specific target. That's a much different picture than a certain Sandy Hook guy who will not be named10/24/2014 - 9:53pm
quiknkoldbut I am also certain nobody in their right mind is committing these shootings singing the Machoman song. these are sick individuals who have given up on life10/24/2014 - 9:51pm
Technogeekevopsych lol10/24/2014 - 9:49pm
quiknkoldWhen you suffer from mental illness, youre more likely to go by instinct. yes. I came off as sexist.10/24/2014 - 9:46pm
quiknkoldmore on somthing they are fixated on. Post Partum Depression is an example. This is why a woman is less likely to go off on a rampage.10/24/2014 - 9:44pm
 

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