By Robert B Young, MD
How do you help someone like Eddie Ray Routh, a troubled Marine veteran? Former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield tried and it cost them their lives. Could it have been different?
Almost all of us know that on February 2, 2013, Kyle and Littlefield took Routh to a shooting range hoping to give him some natural diversion from his service related psychological problems, as they had many times before for other stressed veterans. Routh shot and killed them both right there. Now, just over two years later, he stands convicted of their murders and faces life in prison without parole. In his defense, plenty of evidence was presented about his emotional instability and reality distortion. The jury’s conclusion was that despite all that, he still must have known he was doing wrong when he fired.