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