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Do you find yourself staring...

...at the picture of the man who woke up this morning and decided to kill a dozen people, wound others, and die in a shoot-out with police? Do you find yourself wondering, "WTF made you do that, you damned monster?" Do you find yourself looking, as if somehow there will be little tell-tale marks on his face or lips or eyes...and we can then stop the next one?

Of course, there won't be anything uniquely "mass killer" about how they look. There never is. It's not in their eyes, and we can't see into their souls.

But we keep looking, trying to figure out why.

Only there's no why that a sane person will understand. No "reason" where we think, "Oh, of course. That's why you had to kill a bunch of random people you didn't know."

And the press, who promise that "authorities are trying to find a motive," forget that monsters aren't motivated in ways that non-monsters will get. So they don't understand that they'll never be able to give us any of that information...because it doesn't exist.

And still, we look at those pictures.

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One of the local radio stations has gotten permission to interview Gary Ridgeway (the Green River Killer, who was convicted of 49 murders here in Washington state ten years ago) for the first time since they put him away.

I can't think of anything I would rather listen to less than his ravings. Because that's all they can possibly be.

Actually, when there is a "motive" found--or revealed by the shooter him(almost always)self--sometimes I do "get" it, for certain values of "get." Sometimes it contains a kernel of something that would upset, irritate, even anger, many people, and then some out-of-kilter brain chemistry gets hold of that...

Of course he had a motivation. It's not enough to say, "Well, he was crazy, that's all." However twisted and absurd it might seem to us, everyone has a motivation for what they do. It might be as simple as "Fire me, will they? I'll show them" or as bizarre as "I have to do what my Jack Rusell terrier tells me," but even the dog is talking to him for a reason. You may have to figure out how it was filtered through the warp of their drug-addled or chemically-unbalanced perceptions, but it's there.

Iain Banks certainly got this.

No...you mistake me. You say "he had a motivation." I say Only there's no why that a sane person will understand. No "reason" where we think, "Oh, of course. That's why you had to kill a bunch of random people you didn't know."

There's a difference between a "motivation" and a "reason that a sane person will understand." Because, since we are now discovering he was crazy, it is also clear that I do not understand how his particular brand of crazy could cause him to kill a dozen people he did not know.

The day I *do* understand that...think of it as "reasonable"...that's the day Mike should shoot me full of tranqs and call for backup.