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Response to oldhippydude (Reply #40)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 09:47 PM

74. More a case of mental illness?

I worked for three years in a very busy county psychiatric hospital for three years while I was working my way through college. I was in the insurance/records department, and worked night shift. Many nights, listening to the psychotics upstairs screaming, banging the padded cells and wrestling with their straight jackets, I had plenty of time to read through the many thousands of psychiatric intake records, notes and diagnoses that the on-duty psychiatrists themselves had written. In my three years there, I read probably a thousand psychiatric histories and write-ups, which all included a standard questionaire. Let me tell you something that I learned about truly insane people, which is "probably" what we will find is the case with Holmes.

Fact: A huge percentage of truly insane people were severely abused as children -- sexual and/or physical abuse.

Fact: An equally huge percentage of truly insane people come from families that are DEVOUTLY Christian. Mental distress often leads people directly to the "escape" that Christianity promises, there is no other polite way to put it.

Fact: A majority of the really crazy people whose charts I read had both -- early childhood physical/sexual abuse AND devoutly Christian surroundings.

Holmes came from a "Christian" family, it has been reported. Chances are very good, given what we know, that his parents were just as Republican as they are Christian.

What does this prove? Nothing. But from my point of view, the probabilities are very high that Holmes has carried the unresolved weight of childhood sexual and physical trauma to the point where the hatred and anger exploded inside of him and out onto the innocents that he targeted in his blind misdirected rage.

We may never know the truth. But given my background, you'll understand why I strongly suspect that Holmes was at the least acting as an extension of the hatred and anger that one or more Republican Christian extremists inflicted on him at an early age. And we may yet find out that his hatred was motivated by what we all recognize on the surface as pure right-wing lunacy, which would be no surprise at all.


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