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This restriction is to ensure that the list includes only indisputably awful people with genuinely heinous murderous intent. Some have talked about being attracted to the military by the opportunity to live out their fantasies of killing people.The list continues to grow, both as the author uncovers overlooked references to the military backgrounds of known killers and as new murderers are captured. As with all selective lists, its omissions are also important; obviously, the vast majority of military veterans, despite being trained to kill and in many cases actually killing dozens of people in war, do not become multiple murderers.One is that authorities frequently regain a sense of power and control over fearsome, authority-threatening, outsider art by creating lists.The Legion of Decency had its list of “condemned” movies.The list of military-influenced killers is over 275 names long and growing. is the nation whose culture the author lives in and wishes to examine and b) it is one of the few nations where military service is voluntary, thus making the military-homicide link more meaningful, as killers in many other nations automatically would have been in the military.It is far longer than any extant list of allegedly art-inspired crimes. In virtually all of these cases, the killer served in the military prior to or during his crimes.This has already happened with criminal veterans of Vietnam and the Gulf War, and some murderers have already struck in Afghanistan and Iraq, killing civilians or their comrades. Department of Veterans Affairs are already taking post-traumatic stress and other service-related psychological disorders seriously in terms of suicide factors in a way that they did not following Vietnam.It is only a matter of time before similar criminals come home and set to work. Mc Collum, which overturned the death sentence of a veteran who murdered two people on the basis that the trauma of his military service had not been properly considered. If American society can overcome its willful blindness to the military-murderer nexus, it is possible that the military will similarly embrace its responsibility as a factor in homicide and provide programming changes that may reduce its incidence as well as the need to blame music or movies instead.
Various fundamentalist Christian organizations maintain online lists of rock musicians who have committed suicide or fatally overdosed, purporting this as evidence of music’s corruption. The military is one of mainstream America’s most admired and respected institutions.
Rudy Bladel (aka “The Railway Sniper”) Killed at least 3 people, possibly up to 7 (1963-78) William Bonin (aka “The Freeway Killer”) Killed at least 21 people, possibly up to 43 (1979-80; some with accomplices) Vietnam veteran gunner. Thomas Richard Bunday Killed 5 people (1979-81) Was in the service at the time of his crimes and was seeing a military psychologist. Hid the bodies of two of his victims in a locker at the Air Force base where he served.
The psychologist committed a murder of his own, the hired killing of his own wife, which was done in a manner to look like part of Bunday’s then-unsolved string of killings, with the psychologist unaware that the killer was one of his own patients. According to a court appeal, he blamed his crimes on stress causing him to mentally go into “‘the zone,’ in which he reverted to his military training and eliminated anyone he perceived as a threat.” James Michael De Bardelben Killed at least 3 people, possibly 8 or more (1971-83) Richard Eugene Dickens Killed 2 people (1990) Dennis Thurl Dowthitt Killed 2 people (1990; with accomplice) Robert Garrow Killed 4 people (1973) During service, was ridiculed for bed-wetting.
Bunday hid at least one body on the base where he was stationed. Donald Harvey Killed at least 37 people, possibly 57 or more (1970-87) Committed some of his crimes at a Veterans Affairs hospital while working there.
John Joseph Joubert IV (aka “The Woodford Slasher”) Killed 3 people (1982-85) Committed some of his crimes while living on a base. Patrick Wayne Kearney (aka “The Trash-Bag Killer,” “The Freeway Killer”) Killed at least 21 people, possibly 28 or more (1975-77; possibly with accomplice) His possible accomplice was an Army veteran.