A white supremacist in jailed in Kansas accused of killing two people at a Jewish community center and then another person at a retirement community last Sunday. Authorities say this is a hate crime. University of Nebraska Medical Center Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Carl Greiner isn’t commenting on this case specifically but says bigotry isn’t a mental health disorder. He says hate is typically not genetic but more environmental – meaning if you grow up in a home with a lot of prejudice and hatred you will likely display those same characteristics.
The suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross is 73 years old and it is hard to comprehend why someone that age would go on a shooting spree. Dr. Greiner, again stressing he is not commenting on this case specifically, says as people age some have a “bucket list” of things they want to do. He says for some it may be travel but for those with such anger they may have a “hate bucket list” and finally take action.
He says it sometimes is difficult to determine whether someone is mentally ill or mean – and some people are just plain mean.