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Genetic Linkage

Will Genetics Ever Be Able to Predict the Next Mass Murderer?

November 1, 2017

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Investigating a mass murder initially looks for obvious triggers in a criminalís life, then more subtle signs, then psychiatric explanations or a brain tumor. But can errant genes help push someone to bomb marathon runners, gun down elementary school children, set a nightclub afire or rain bullets down on concert-goers?

We still donít know what drove Stephen Paddock to meticulously plan and carry out the Las Vegas massacre on October 1. He took anti-anxiety medicine and his father was a bank robber. But robbing banks isnít an inherited trait and millions of people take anti-anxiety medication. But could a hint of what was to come have been found in his genes? (more…)

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