References: <email@example.com> In article , Greg
>> Or the sniper has never been in the military, but has read too many
>> books/seen too many movies.
>> Or he/she is a pissed off hunter.
>> Or he/she is a terrorist.
>> Or he/she is a racially motivated killer.
>> Or he/she wants to be remembered historically.
>> Or he/she....on and on, ad infinitum.
>> Only one thing we can be sure of. The person that's doing this is
> And that's most likely incorrect. In the legal sense of the word,
> insanity, a person is incapable of knowing right from wrong. If that
> were the case, he would have simply stood around shooting, and not
> taken so much care to not get caught.
There is no other sense of the word, insanity is in fact a legal not medical
However, it is more than knowing right from wrong. It also includes acting
on delusions that overcome ones reason or control. i.e. the voices told me
I had to kill those people because they were going to kill me. and the
delusion was so strong it overpowered his reason. Delusions do not remove
the ability to think something though or to plan. Just because some is
delusional does not mean they are stupid.
Those kind of folks can be very good at they do and be legally insane.
> The fact that this person hasn't left a trail and hasn't been caught
> indicates he's NOT insane, but very careful and methodological.
> In the medical sense of the word, there is none. Insanity isn't a
> medical term. However, if the person were suffering some sort of
> mental illness, again, he wouldn't have been so cautious in planning
> and executing.