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Warning signs of violence: What to do – CNN.com

Warning signs of violence: What to do – CNN.com.

 

Editor’s note: Dr. Charles Raison, CNNhealth’s mental health expert, is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

(CNN) — Senseless mass murder is a thing unto itself, which is almost certainly why it is so hard to identify perpetrators ahead of time and stop the subsequent carnage.

The vast bulk of serious crimes in the United States are committed for reasons that we might not agree with, or might even abhor, but that we can understand. They are committed to get money, or to consolidate power.

Or they occur in the heat of an understandable passion such as anger in response to situations like infidelity that might not lead the majority of us to violence, but that are at least understandable.

Because all these factors are understandable, they make the crimes somewhat predictable. Often crimes occur in high-crime areas and are committed by people with a history of breaking the law. And many — perhaps most — murders occur between people who know each other, and frequently know each other well.

But how would you predict that a quiet young man with no past legal history would allegedly dress up as the Joker and go on one of the largest shooting sprees in American history in Aurora, Colorado? Or that a young man with no past history of violence would shoot a congresswoman and innocent bystanders in Tucson, Arizona? How can we better guard ourselves against crimes that make no sense and come with no warning?

Interesting article

More possible deaths connected to Kimball

WESTMINSTER, Colo. – FOX31 News has learned the FBI is investigating convicted serial killer Scott Lee Kimball as a prime suspect in one of the metro area’s most gruesome murders.

In October of 2004, the naked body of a young woman was found near a dumpster at a Westminster strip mall near 76th and Sheridan. Her hands had been cut off and it took police weeks to identify her.

Finally, Dachelle Powell recognized a composite picture and identified the “Jane Doe” as her sister-in-law, 26-year-old Catrina Powell.

The autopsy report, never released before, describes gruesome sexual torture and mutilation. The killer used chemicals so harsh they burned the body to wash away evidence.

The young woman was brutally beaten, especially about the head, strangled and then her hands were cut off.

FOX31 News has learned the FBI is talking to witnesses about Scott Lee Kimball, who is doing prison time in connection with the murders of three other young women and his uncle.

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