I’m just spitballin’ here and it is, as all sane, balanced people know, FAR TOO SOON to know anything. But I am always ready to look at things like this Raconteur Reporton Who, How, Why, and WTF?, and ask, “If it is ‘too soon’ when will it be ‘too late’?” Among other items at the link, our Raconteur asks:
- What would make a 64 year-old single guy, well-off, no worries but how many years before he owes the actuarial tables his own death, fast forward the whole thing, spend thousands of dollars to meticulously craft the King of Spades mass murder of the century, just to go out in a blaze of glory and then cap himself when SWAT finally inevitably comes knocking?
- You have plenty of money even if you live to 99, a life of relative ease, no discernible problems of any kind, and you decide mass murder-suicide is the way to spend a weekend in Vegas at an age when most people aren’t even sure they can afford to retire yet.
- And then there are the questions. About a hundred or so, so far.
- How does an accountant get rich and retire early?
- Why gamble huge sums? Accountants, Steve Martin’s old schtick notwithstanding, are not known for being “wild and crazy guys”.
- Instrument-rated pilot? A detail-oriented guy, not somebody who’d take stupid chances.
- And why two planes? He can only fly one at a time.
- Why live in Mesquite, on the AZ/Utah border, 90 miles from Vegas?
- If you live in Mesquite, and Vegas is an hour and a half by car, or half that by plane, what are you doing in a strip club in Reno?
- And why is a retired multi-millionaire in the promised land of Sugar Daddies and hard-bodied young sugar babies hanging out with a shriveled old dealer who looks like she should be the maid on Golden Girls reruns?
- Why does “not a gun guy” suddenly have dozens of weapons?
- Why modify one or more to fire at near full-auto rates?
- Why get interested in explosives, and have ammonium nitrate in your car trunk?
- Who gets interested in sniping and mass murder after a career handling nothing more fearsome than a pencil (outside of a Dilbert cartoon)?
- What accountant vmoves 27 times?
- What’s the story on the roommate?
- Why’s she in Australia/the Phillipines/BFE at the moment in question?
- Room reservation, three day stay, constructing sniper platforms, acquiring weapons, ammo, modifications for weapons, bringing it all to the room, setting up his roost? That’s not an impulsive set of acts.
- Revenge? On 22,000 strangers? Country music fans from all over? WTF?
20. How many think we do not yet have all the answers and will never get all the answers, or even a little of them?
Then again all of this may indeed be far, far too soon and the “reason,” if reason can be said to hold sway in this, may be as mundane as a brain tumor as may have been the case with the first mass shooter, Texas tower killer Charles Whitman:
Although Whitman had been prescribed drugs, and was in possession of Dexedrine at the time of his death, no toxicology test was performed at first because Whitman had been embalmed on August 1, after the body was brought to the Cook Funeral Home in Austin. However, an autopsy had been requested in the suicide notes left by Whitman, and was then approved by his father.
On August 2, an autopsy was conducted by Dr. Chenar (a neuropathologist at Austin State Hospital) at the funeral home. Urine and blood were removed to test for traces of amphetamines or other substances. During the autopsy, Chenar discovered a “pecan-sized” brain tumor, which he labeled an astrocytoma and which exhibited a small amount of necrosis. Chenar concluded that the tumor had no effect on Whitman’s actions, but this result was later revised by the Connally Commission ….
Following a three-hour hearing on August 5, the Commission concluded that Chenar’s finding had been in error. They found that the tumor had features of a glioblastoma multiforme, with widespread areas of necrosis, palisading[a] of cells. and a “remarkable vascular component” described as having “the nature of a small congenital vascular malformation.” Psychiatric contributors to the report concluded that “the relationship between the brain tumor and […] Whitman’s actions […] cannot be established with clarity. However, the […] tumor conceivably could have contributed to his inability to control his emotions and actions”, while the neurologists and neuropathologists concluded: “The application of existing knowledge of organic brain function does not enable us to explain the actions of Whitman on August first.” Forensic investigators have theorized that the tumor may have been pressed against Whitman’s amygdala, a part of the brain related to anxiety and fight-or-flight responses.