Norway mass murderer declared insane

Breivik may avoid jail sentence


Self-confessed Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, the BBC reports. Psychiatrists assessing him said they believe he was in a psychotic state during the July 22 twin attacks that left 77 people dead and 151 injured. Though a different group of forensic psychiatrists still has to review the initial mental health assessment, the diagnosis increases the likelihood that Breivik will not receive a jail sentence and will instead be placed in psychiatric care. The Norwegian gunman has admitted to carrying out the attacks, but pleaded not guilty, arguing that mass murder was necessary to defend Europe from multiculturalism.


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Norway mass murderer declared insane

  1. Of course he’s insane. You’d have to be insane, or a complete sociopath, to carry out something like that. The question is: 

    Does this sort of act call for the (return of the) death sentence?


    • If a person is suffering from a mental illness then they are not criminally responsible for their actions as they cannot tell the difference between reality and fantasy.  They are notappropriate for a prison sentence or the death penalty as they did not know what they were doing was wrong.  What they do require is a type a treatment that will allow their brain to recognize what is real and what is not.

      • – if there’s any hope of them ever getting any better, which is unlikely. And if they ever did get any better, and realize what a horrible thing they’d done – they’d wish to be dead anyway.

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