How can this happen?. Both these people premeditated this incident that resulted in murder. This was not a crime of impulse, an irresistible PTSD flashback symptom and should not be a factor in explaining this maladaptive aggression in this incident.The experts have already ruled,so this opinion is moot now.There should have been fMRI pictures of the brain showing it's malfunctioning, then there would be reason to believe bad wiring did contribute.There was no such evidence.
PTSD is a disorder of the neuroanatomy, a rewired brain that will malfunction under certain circumstances. Spontaneous,uncontrolled rage is a factor because those mediating circuits have been rewired by boot camp and battlefield trauma.The etiology of maladaptive aggression explains aggression to prevent it or reduce the risk.PTSD as an "abuse excuse" is not the purpose of the science.It should never become a shibboleth for explaining premeditated murder.
There probably will be cases where PTSD will be a valid defense for mal-adaptive aggression.I don't think this is the case.
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