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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:18 PM

Marine charged in Navy SEAL's slaying says he "traded his soul" for victim's truck

Marine charged in Navy SEAL's slaying says he "traded his soul" for victim's truck

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) The Iraq War veteran charged with killing a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend on a Texas shooting range told a relative that he "traded his soul for a new truck," according to police documents.

Eddie Ray Routh, 25, is charged with one count of capital murder and two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, author of the best-selling book "American Sniper," and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range Saturday.

Authorities say the three men arrived at the sprawling Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose on Saturday afternoon, and a hunting guide discovered the bodies of Kyle and Littlefield about two hours later and called 911. They were shot multiple times, and numerous guns were at the scene, according to an Erath County arrest warrant affidavit obtained by WFAA-TV.

Routh then drove Kyle's pickup to his sister's house in Midlothian and told her that he killed two people, and she called police, the affidavit says. Routh also said he wanted to drive to Oklahoma to avoid Texas authorities, the affidavit says. Routh was arrested after a short police pursuit in Lancaster, where he lives.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ex-navy-seal-died-pursuing-his-passion

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Reply Marine charged in Navy SEAL's slaying says he "traded his soul" for victim's truck (Original post)
The Straight Story Feb 2013 OP
JI7 Feb 2013 #1
Kalidurga Feb 2013 #2
Schema Thing Feb 2013 #4
Kalidurga Feb 2013 #7
Schema Thing Feb 2013 #8
Kalidurga Feb 2013 #9
FarCenter Feb 2013 #12
malaise Feb 2013 #3
frylock Feb 2013 #5
Tom Ripley Feb 2013 #11
Schema Thing Feb 2013 #6
alcibiades_mystery Feb 2013 #10

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:24 PM

1. Chris Kyle wouldn't want us to judge him, it could be a case of Us failing Routh

that's what Kyle said about some guy who shot a bunch of afghan civilians. he asked if we know what he had gone through and saw .and whether it was a case of us failing him.

that should apply here.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:24 PM

2. Two hours later?

I guess sprawling is right. That would make it about what 10 miles from a phone. That paints a totally different picture than I had, that they were in a more or less controlled shooting range firing at paper targets.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:45 PM

4. eh? "10 miles from a phone"?



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Response to Schema Thing (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:30 PM

7. They said it took 2 hours to call 911

The only reason I can think of that it would take that long is if they were out of cell phone range and the nearest phone was around 10 miles away.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:37 PM

8. there is another much simpler explanation


Dead people don't make phone calls. No one saw it happen, and the bodies weren't discovered for two hours.

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Response to Schema Thing (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:45 PM

9. OIC skipped a word there kind of made a big difference in how it read.

either way this story is bizarre to me.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:30 PM

3. Sometimes I wonder if people these days don't think about consequences

Why does anyone believe you can kill two people for a truck and drive off into the sunset?

Good effin' grief!

Let me add that clearly this young man was in bad shape

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:46 PM

5. this story serves to underscore the cult of the gun fetishist..

Routh threatened to blow his father's brains out when told the family was going to sell his guns, being concerned with his behavior stemming from PTSD. why in fuck would Chris Kyle think that taking this guy out shooting was a good idea?

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Response to frylock (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:53 PM

11. Agree with you. It does appear to be a mindset where normalization = guns = normalization...

"So and So is having a hard time of it and we should help him get back into the swing of things...go have some drinks...introduce him to that cute girl at work...play some hoops or poker...catch the game...go shoot some guns...y'know, just everyday stuff.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:49 PM

6. I wondered yesterday if it could be something this banal. Or at least just something

personal between the men.

Chris Kyle was living large, and Eddie Routh had no job and his parents where selling the modest house he lived in. Throw some PTSD and a side of stupidity into the mix, stir well with guns, and voila, murder.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:51 PM

10. Life is cheap, here and in the war zones

A truck, misunderstood instructions to a driver, a few bucks in a cash register, whatever.

Bang bang. And you're dead.

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