EDITORIAL: Oslo bomber unfortunately getting attention for crime, plea
Infamous for their crimes, the shooters at Columbine High School, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, killed themselves after shooting their classmates and teachers in 1999. But the pattern of murder-suicide was implemented long before these two troubled Colorado teens were forlorn. The record goes as far back as 1903 when Gilbert Twigg, who, after killing nine people and injuring 25 more, committed suicide in Winfield, Kan.
It would seem rampage murderer Anders Behring Breivik would have followed the pattern set by his predecessors, but the massacre he committed followed a less suicidal pattern.
On July 22, 2011, Breivik detonated a bomb outside government offices in Oslo, killing eight people. He then traveled to Utoeya, a small island where a youth camp was held, where he shot and killed 69 people. Of the 69 dead, 34 were between the ages of 14 and 17. As unoriginal his crime may be, Breivik is an atypical criminal.
Those who go on mass rampage killings sometimes end their own lives before punishment ensues. Breivik had no such plans for suicide, although he admits he did not expect to live, and he is now on trial for his actions.
During his testimony on April 16, Breivik openly expressed his emotional detachment from the murders. He said his actions were based on good, not evil, and believes he has "carried out the most spectacular and sophisticated attack on Europe since World War II." Breivik's disenchantment with murder has surfaced claims of insanity - but not from Breivik himself.
According to BBC News, Breivik's mental state is at the heart of the trial, which is expected to last 10 weeks. If the court finds Breivik insane, he will be sent to psychiatric care. If he is found to be mentally stable, he will be jailed if found guilty. Breivik plead guilty while arguing he is completely sane and that he sees an insanity defense as discrediting the anti-Muslim and anti-immigration message he attempted to send.
It is apparent Breivik has a desire to be recognized for his offenses. If all goes well, Breivik will get what he wants: a cold, hard jail cell, which he undoubtedly deserves.
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