'The Anatomy of Evil'
Dr. Michael Stone on Sandy Hook shooting
- Duration 5:23
- Date Dec 16, 2012
Dr. Michael Stone on Sandy Hook shooting
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Ever get an answer to what caused this shooter to massacre children is there an answer or some people plain evil.
Professor of clinical -- cut psychiatry at Columbia university and author of the anatomy of evil doctor Michael H stone is here to explain and you've written this book anatomy of evil did we just see evil.
Shatter the peace and tranquility.
Newtown Connecticut we didn't.
-- say that -- one.
Because what happened and was.
Horrendous beyond have anyone's ability you know to.
Encompass that in is so that in that it's an emotion that stirs up the nose when we see something as horrifying.
As -- as what happened in new tone -- Connecticut.
And when someone says soon -- have to that was in the evil act that was an evil terrible thing.
This is what people in the streets say it's what judges' save -- prosecutors say is what journalists say it.
That's right of the governor of the state of you know yes this is a word that we use.
Invariably through this kind of situation when -- -- when little innocent children are mowed down nobody.
A mass murderer.
And so we should let our viewers know that you have studied 208.
Of mass murder similar to this obviously not all massacred children but similar to this I'm surprised the -- are calling something evil because.
I would think that the clinical mental health.
Field that you are in would say this is mental illness this is an -- And did this particular fellow I think ahead a the psychiatric condition I think Asperger's is a good name for -- he was somebody who was born.
Incapable of forming a close relationships with people.
-- incapable of making eye contact incapable of social reciprocity.
And -- all the signs that we see in the book.
And as a result they're the marginalized they're very peculiar they cannot make friends and so as time goes on and as you get toward 181920.
When you're expected to have girlfriends and and intimate relationships and close buddies and so on and you can't.
Because some weird value.
You tend rather than to say Augusta and just to sort of an odd loner I I just have to set except my laws make the best -- the get on the Internet and play games no.
This you you blame somebody -- mom didn't care for me enough which -- -- may be a factor here or people don't like the and you get mad you get angry and so.
I just -- because the reports about the mom obviously are varied but some come from.
Her family -- -- that she wasn't very dedicated mom she sacrificed a lot.
A career to give to her son -- get home schooled what makes you think that she might not have been connected enough.
What can she was probably more than connected enough but.
-- as he would experience that she may not at all have been connected enough mother would supposing you're born with a peculiarities.
That you need practically to be handcuffed -- hump in order to feel that she's there for you enough.
-- which is way more.
Than any mother should be or can be centrist other let's say he wants 90% of retention and she gets she gives him 50% which is more -- than most kids need.
And and most kids ever get.
But in his mind as she shortchanging him so that if she she I suspected she gave.
Probably double the attention that.
She did to Brian the brother or that an average mother would give you -- disturbed.
A kid of the -- but in his mind.
Could be very different how -- experiences enough of course to determining factor.
So where do you see evil in this case because there are skeptics out there who we tried to disprove you saying that evil does not exist that people are just born.
Under conditions and they have to deal with those in -- conditions but.
But -- -- where you find the proof that evil does axis of evil evil is not something that comes from the sky and lands on you actually because certain people.
Like a black cloud that the descends on you isn't it that's -- long way to think about it.
Who do you think about the evil is and as that word.
Signifying an emotion that all of this experience.
When we're confronted with something that is horrifying we go to a dark place that yes and some people are born of the small number of people -- knock on -- her her born would.
A pre disposition.
-- to do this sort of thing if they have very little capacity for.
Empathy for -- other words for.
The -- the feelings and caring about the feelings of other people psychic has been that we use the -- psychopath to define.
Who among other characteristics are very callous and incapable of remorse or guilt.
And and have no empathy you don't care about the feelings of others of their other conditions however I don't think that -- -- -- was a type -- penalty was Asperger's.
And -- would -- had the same in capacity for empathy so that a person like that.
It either type to mold down a group of of children as though you were shooting tin cans on the fence.
Doctor Michael -- it's great to have your expertise with us thanks so much for coming him.