“A lawyer who opened fire on commuters for no apparent reason during the morning predawn rush hour in a Houston neighborhood Monday, wounding nine people, was wearing a vintage military uniform and had Nazi emblems on him,” chron.com reports. Cops also found a Thompson submachine gun and 2,600 rounds of ammunition in Nathan DeSai’s black convertible Porsche parked near where he was killed.
Apparently, Mr. DeSai was your average everyday failing lawyer — with a taste for Nazi memorabilia and pre-1984 machine guns. You gotta think he was good at hiding his mental instability; a Sheriff had to have signed-off on the Thompson. Anyway, there are plenty of other examples of spree killers who showed clear signs that they were psycho, including the Sandy Hook murderer and the Aurora cinema shooter.
Truth be told, I had a friend who fell into severe mental illness. He showed no interest in firearms or hurting others, he was getting [completely ineffective] treatment and had a clean record. But our relationship became untenable. I discontinued contact. Sad to say, if I got a call from a reporter saying he’d done something horrible, I wouldn’t be surprised.
You even known anyone like that: a friend, neighbor, classmate, colleague or someone else you thought could be psycho killer? If so, what’s the proper response to that possibility?