Saturday, February 24, 2007

Insanity vs. Malice as Motives of Rampage - New York Times

Perhaps we should consider a new DSM diagnosis, say Media Crazed Disorder or MCD. It has a nice ring to it.

Insanity vs. Malice as Motives of Rampage - New York Times: "But to Mr. Hinckley, the prosecutor, Mr. Johnson’s words were evidence not of mental illness but of a widespread phenomenon familiar to anyone who watches “American Idol” on television.

Mr. Johnson was simply media-crazed, and determined to get his 15 minutes of fame, the prosecutor said.

“The defendant didn’t have any command hallucinations,” or orders from God telling him to kill white people, Mr. Hinckley said. Rather, “he knew he would create media attention” by shooting up a bar, and he wanted his family to profit from his 15 minutes of “notoriety.”

Mr. Hinckley rattled off a long list of other people he said were similarly obsessed by fame, perhaps criminal in some cases but not insane. The list included Mel Gibson, Osama bin Laden, Timothy McVeigh, abortion clinic bombers, Palestinian and Iraqi suicide bombers, members of the Aryan Nations, and any number of amateur singers competing on “American Idol.”"

1 comment:

  1. I strongly recommend Helen Morrison´s book about the serial killers profile. If you are fond of these topics, you will love this study.
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