A Nut With A Gun? Don’t Dismiss Hasan’s Evil as Insanity

Jeffery Dahmer killed his first victim in 1978.

Over the next 13 years, he would kill 17 people. When police finally arrested Dahmer, they found a human head in the refrigerator. Not long after that, they found three more in the freezer, along with a human heart.

The police would learn the depths of one man’s depravity:

Anne E. Schwartz, the reporter who was first on the scene, describes what she saw in her book The Man Who Could Not Kill Enough: “…in the back of the closet was a metal stockpot that contained decomposed hands and a penis. On the shelf above the kettle were 2 skulls.

Also in the closet were containers of ethyl alcohol, chloroform, and formaldehyde, along with some glass jars holding male genitalia preserved in formaldehyde…Polaroid photos taken by Dahmer at various stages of his victims’ deaths. One showed a man’s head, with the flesh still intact, lying in a sink. Another displayed a victim cut open from the neck to the groin, like a deer gutted after the kill, the cuts so clean I could see the pelvic bone clearly.”

When Dahmer went to trial, the evidence was against him. He plead “not guilty by reason of insanity.” As Don Davis wrote in The Milwaukee Murders, defense attorney Gerald Boyle had to convince the jury that Dahmer was insane, that “only an insane person would do the things he did.”

He failed. The jury believed the prosecutor, Mike McCann, who said Dahmer knew what he was doing was wrong, but did it anyway.

Jeffery Dahmer was not crazy. He was evil.

The left is trying their best to convince Americans that Major Nidal Hasan is a nut, a crazy loon with a gun.

When I heard this today as I drove home, I recalled the words of Dr. Stanton E. Samenow. He wrote the book on criminal thinking and if you haven’t read “Inside the Criminal Mind,” you should. It’s a very interesting read.

On the topic of insanity, Samenow writes:

When a criminal commits a shocking crime…a gut reaction on the part of the average citizen is to conclude that he must be crazy. But this reveals only the public’s perceptions, and nothing about the workings of the criminal’s mind.

I read somewhere, I can’t recall where, that people do this to make themselves feel better. Rather than believe a rational, thinking person could do the evil men do, they decide only crazy people could. But the fact is that rational, thinking people do commit evil on those around them.

Major Nidal Hasan is not a nut with a gun.

He’s a killer who knew what he was doing and knew it was wrong. Don’t rationalize his behavior by dismissing the planning he did, the choice of targets or the evidence pointing to a jihadist mindset.

He is a terrorist who killed 14 people, no crazier than the cannibal murderer of Milwaukee.

Cross posted at All American Blogger.

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