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The Self-Hatred that Derailed Kip Kinkel

On May 21st, 1998, fifteen-year-old Kip Kinkel shot dead both of his parents. By car, he drove to school and opened fire on his classmates. Before the police overpowered him, he killed two students and wounded 25. The search for his true motives begins with a farewell letter he left behind after the murder of his parents, “I am a horrible son. I wish I had been aborted. I destroy everything I touch. I can’t eat. I can’t sleep. I didn’t deserve [my parents].”1 Apparently, long before his outbreak of violence, he felt he was an exceptionally inferior human being, but why?

Showing the haircuts and wild eyes of #DylannRoof, #JamesHolmes, #AdamLanza, #MichaelCarneal and #KipKinkel – all young men implicated in mass shootings.

The most popular hair style of #massshooters is the bowl cut. Of the five photos shown, only James Holmes doesn’t have a straight-combed bowl cut. It’s fascinating to me that while you see utterly moronic comments in the mainstream media like, “All white people are terrorists,” you never see anyone commenting, “All people with bowl cut hair styles are terrorists.” Nope, that would be stupid, right? Because your hair style doesn’t make you a killer.

But the inverse might very well be true: Killers may share a common pattern in the way they keep their own hair, reflecting an internal attitude of self-loathing, psychosis, chaos, extreme hatred or other forms of mental illness. In other words, you can’t logically conclude that every person with a bowl cut is a psychotic killer, but it seems that most of the psychotic killers do indeed wear a bowl cut hair style.

Wild-eyed psychosis

Another important trait of mass killers is their wild-eyed #zombie stares. James Holmes and Adam Lanza, both shown, offer the best examples of this. Their eyes are almost popping out of their heads.

Dylann Roof and Kip Kinkel, on the other hand, have what I call the disconnected stare into oblivion. It’s as if they are looking into an alternate world playing out in their heads, completely disconnected from the real world.

What might account for this?

Every one of these killers was known to either be taking mind-altering prescription drugs at the time of their massacres or recently using such drugs. Dylann Roof, for example, the shooter of the black church victims in Charleston, was known to be on Suboxone, a powerful mind-altering medication. His friends said he also purchased Xanax on the street and was a “pill-popper” who abused a variety of prescription drugs.