Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What Makes Someone Shoot and Kill Eight People?

I was just watching the 10:00 O'clock news, and a Virginia State Policeman was holding a press conference. He was answering reporter's questions, about a suspect shooting and killing eight people in Appomattox, the city where Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to end the US Civil War. The Virginia State Police seem to have the guy surrounded, after he shot at one of their helicopters.

What possesses someone to murder eight people? I have lived a life of gender identity dysphoria. I have never felt like I fit in. My own mother was both physically and emotionally abusive to me. I was bullied by classmates, and neighborhood thugs, and suffered consent harassment on the job, by macho rednecks, who couldn't handle the fact that I wasn't one of them. I have had every reason to despise many of the people around me, yet I have never wanted to kill any of them. What kind of hell does some poor soul have to go through, to want to murder those around him? I can't even fathom it.


Amy K. said...

Good people (you, I, and hopefully everyone reading this) cannot fathom what goes on in the mind of a psychopath. `Tis the opposite of good, the opposite of sane, and the opposite of just about all we value and hold dear.

It may sound to you like a paraphrased something from a movie or book, but (as far as I know) I didn't. :)

Naukishtae said...

Quite frankly I feel the same way you do Melissa.. I went through a lot of the same things, and never fit in with those around me, or even with family..

I don't believe that people like that, that kill indiscriminately, are sick, I just believe they are evil people.. sociopaths who have no feeling of right or wrong..

I specifically dislike machismo attitudes displayed by most men.. I think I only tolerate some of the ten or fifteen males I know .. I just can not stand those who hurt others who are weaker..

I know who and what I am.. and am quite fond of all of my friends (I have only three who are not gay) I am only comfortable with them or my lesbian girl friends, if not for them.. well, let us say, I tried the easy way out once.. then I learned in metaphysics that if I took that path, I would have to do this life lesson over again..

Well, I did kind of get off subject.. a sociopath is what that person must be.. and they need to be locked away.. but I will say it again, they have no conception of right or wrong, it is the only way I can explain it... Sorry girls, I do sometimes tend to ramble on...

Lucy Melford said...

And there was I, having caught this news item on the TV, emailing you to watch out in case the man was looking for hostages in your area! Talk about knee-jerk reactions. And I said it was 'Upper Mattox' as well. Oh dear...


Two Auntees said...

I was very concerned for your safety, being that I know you live some distance from Richmond but not knowing in which direction. Just glad that you are all right.

I took my family to visit Appromattox when we lived at Ft Lee, VA. beautiful country out there.