“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Asperger's and Psychopathy

My brother Steve has schizophrenia. He used to live in a house with Patrick, who had schizophrenia and was also a psychopath. How do I know? Whenever I went around there he got in my face, like within two millimeters of my face, with a huge grin. And then he murdered his mum.

There was a particularly awesome moment during a weird Christmas party there when Steve told Patrick, "Not meaning to be rude or anything Patrick, but you're a c--- : in a strictly business quality sense." (Said in his usual quite quiet and not confrontational voice...)

So if the killer in CT had Asperger's, as some have been suggesting, he also was a psychopath. Asperger's is irrelevant, just as schizophrenia was irrelevant to Patrick's psychopathic behavior. You can have two conditions at once.

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