Are there ways to foresee or predict the potential behavior of a killer based upon past behavior? Yes, Lethality Assessment Tools are effective predictors of dangerous behavior in domestic violence situations. There are as yet, no Assessment Tools prepared specifically for Potential Mass Murders such as School Shooters. In the cases of recent school shootings, there were red flags and warning signs so strong as to precipitate calls to the FBI; yet there was no protocol in place in which to adequately use the data.
It is urgent that we learn to understand the behavior of potential killers and to be able to professionally and legally take preventative action
First: What make a rage-filled killer act?
There is always a fuse, and there is always a trigger. In order to understand mass shooters, we need to understand examine the behavior of the most dangerous domestic violence perpetrators.In the United States, over two thousand men and women are killed per year as a result of domestic homicide; in some cases, family annihilators kill entire families. Is this not mass murder? Much can be learned from a brief consideration of domestic violence behavior, risk, and assessment.In a single domestic violence situation, many who are capable of extreme violence are also capable of murder. The most dangerous time in a domestic violence relationship is when the relationship ends for good (leaving the first time invokes a hope of return), when the abuser feels strong rejection which trigger deep-seated power-and-control issues. Abusive people, regardless of the type and level of abuse, need an inordinate supply of power and control, usually stemming from a childhood in which they felt powerless and were unable to trust others. The deeper rooted these issues are and the more connected to the abusers sense of identity, the more likely there will be hurt, and hurt on steroids-rage.