Some­thing on the Brain

While many look to psy­chol­ogy for an an­swer to Kot’s be­hav­iour, oth­ers have con­sid­ered phys­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics

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Fol­low­ing his ex­e­cu­tion, Kot’s body un­der­went an au­topsy in which a large tu­mour was dis­cov­ered grow­ing on his brain. Could such a phys­i­cal con­di­tion ex­plain his grotesque be­hav­iour? He is cer­tainly not the only killer to have suf­fered with phys­i­cal brain de­fects, and many be­lieve that this may have caused his ac­tions.

Charles Whit­man is a prime ex­am­ple. Hav­ing suf­fered from in­creas­ingly er­ratic be­hav­iour, the 25- year- old stu­dent got up one morn­ing, stabbed his mother and then his wife, be­fore climb­ing his uni­ver­sity’s ob­ser­va­tion tower and mur­der­ing 14 peo­ple. Whit­man was shot dead by three po­lice­men. His au­topsy re­vealed a tu­mour the size of a wal­nut on his brain. Such growths can push upon the amyg­daloid nu­cleus, which is known to be the brain’s ag­gres­sion cen­tre, caus­ing un­con­trol­lable rages. In both cases, the killers were ex­e­cuted for their crimes, but it could be ar­gued that they were, in fact, vic­tims them­selves and there­fore wrongly pun­ished.

left Fol­low­ing his slaugh­ter­house ex­pe­ri­ence, Kot set about killing other an­i­mals in an at­tempt to repli­cate the thrill

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