ANDREAS LUBITZ: Mass Murder and Madness

Mar 28, 2015 - 0 Comments

The background of Andreas Lubitz is belatedly being investigated in a desperate search for answers as to why the suicidal dive-bomber would have mass murdered 150 airline passengers over the French Alps. 

Questions like that should have been posed long ago, obviously -- before the novice Lufthansa pilot killed anybody including himself -- but can there be any real doubt that his terrible crime was simply an act of madness?

Lubitz suffered from chronic depression

Depression and suicide go hand in hand sometimes, but these now rather commonplace perturbations don’t necessarily lead to mania and mass killings, thankfully.

There must be something more in the troubled young man’s mental makeup that would drive him to want to “make a name for himself” by slaying total strangers en masse and seeking such a high-profile way of accomplishing the perverse deed.

ANDREAS LUBITZ: Mass Murder and Madness

Deadly delusions of grandeur

Severely depressed people aren’t likely to believe themselves very able or grand. And, even if bouts of confidence do strike once in awhile, these rare highs would certainly not be on the scale that Lubitz was experiencing in 2015.

Fear, low self worth, lethargy, hopelessness … does his declaration that “one day I'm going to do something that’ll change the whole system and everyone will know my name" sound like the words of a genuinely sad person?

Or, in retrospect, the delusional rants of a glory-seeking madman?

Schizophrenia is degenerative and mainly afflicts young males

Mental health experts worldwide are madly conjecturing about what the psychiatric condition was that Andreas Lubitz “hid” from his employers and which would have disqualified him forever from a career in flying.

Adding to all the intrigue is a former doctor’s recent and overt hint to reporters “to read in between the lines” and that the mystery diagnosis “wasn’t just depression.”

Whatever then, but this much isn’t a secret: Psychologically stable individuals don’t deliberately kill, let alone 150 people at a time. Therefore, the overarching mental condition Lubitz was afflicted with had to pose a serious enough threat to the public that a physician would feel compelled to ground him as an “unsuitable pilot.”

Twice.

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