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.