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Do you think there's a connection between Boston Bombing Suspect Tsarnaev's age and his crime?

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19-Year-Old Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Is Just a Kid & His Brain Proves It (VIDEO)

by Jacqueline Burt

Dzhokhar TsarnaevHas anyone else noticed that more and more acts of horrific violence are being committed by especially young men? Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is 19 years old. Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooter Adam Lanza was 20 years old. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, better known as the "Columbine killers," were 18. John Allen Muhammad, accomplice to the Beltway Sniper, was 17 when he helped to murder 10 people. At 24, Aurora Theater suspect James Eagan Holmes was slightly older at the time of his shooting, but still under 25 years of age -- the point at which the human brain is fully developed (a fact scientists only recently discovered).

Of course we can't blame crimes of this magnitude solely on the teenage brain, but the connection is too obvious to be ignored. What are we missing here? Not just as a society, but as parents?

According to Dr. Igor Galynker, director of the Family Center for Bipolar in the psychiatry department at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, it's a combination of factors that can lead to disaster. Attachment issues and insecurity make the immature brain especially vulnerable to influence, which is why, Galynker explains, "Very often, these are pairs of perpetrators, one dominant figure who has psychopathic tendencies and the other a dependent figure."

Dzhokhar and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan certainly seem to fit this profile. Tamerlan is being painted as a strong-willed, influential religious extremist; Dzhokhar a laid-back college student with a reputation for smoking pot and hanging out. Even the suspects' mother says Tamerlan had a huge influence on Dzhokhar:

"They loved each other. What Tamerlan was said was law for Dzhokhar. That's how I raised them. What the elder brother says, the younger brother has to do. That is according to Islam."

Again, obviously we can't excuse these criminals because of their age and the company they chose to keep, but maybe going forward, we can start to pay a little bit more attention to troubled teenage boys. Again, not that they're ALL going to turn violent. But it can't hurt.

 

Do you think there's a connection between Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's age and his crime?

by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Replies (31-40):
finnbar
by Bronze Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM
That wouldn't be studying him, that would be interogating him.
I am sure he will get plenty of both regardless


Quoting autodidact:


he might implicate others


Quoting tooptimistic:

How do you think "studying" him is going to prevent terrorist attacks?



Quoting autodidact:

eye rolling



Quoting tooptimistic:


I don't think it will prevent a thing. I think it is glorifying terrorism. 


Quoting autodidact:


was the Milgram experiment sick? 

I think it's worthwhile examining what goes through the minds of those who do these things, it could help prevent further attacks.


Quoting tooptimistic:

More than a little sick of trying to find a justification for the actions of a terrorist.

I think he knew what he was doing when he placed a bomb in a backpack next to an eight year old.  Dzhokhar did that, not anyone else.  He decided to that.

He wasn't mentally ill.  He went to a party after the attack.  There is NO JUSTIFICATION.

















autodidact
by Platinum Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 7:36 PM


"studying" wasn't my word, and the article isn't just about him, anyway. 

Quoting finnbar:

That wouldn't be studying him, that would be interogating him.
I am sure he will get plenty of both regardless


Quoting autodidact:


he might implicate others


Quoting tooptimistic:

How do you think "studying" him is going to prevent terrorist attacks?



Quoting autodidact:

eye rolling



Quoting tooptimistic:


I don't think it will prevent a thing. I think it is glorifying terrorism. 


Quoting autodidact:


was the Milgram experiment sick? 

I think it's worthwhile examining what goes through the minds of those who do these things, it could help prevent further attacks.


Quoting tooptimistic:

More than a little sick of trying to find a justification for the actions of a terrorist.

I think he knew what he was doing when he placed a bomb in a backpack next to an eight year old.  Dzhokhar did that, not anyone else.  He decided to that.

He wasn't mentally ill.  He went to a party after the attack.  There is NO JUSTIFICATION.






















MeAndTommyLee
by Gold Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 7:45 PM

This is really difficult to comprehend for the sane lot of us in this country.  It's not that the  boy is insane,  but I do question the influence his older  brother had on him and why he `followed' this deadly path. 

I can't help it!  Kids aged 18 and 19 don't magically round a corner that assures maturity, good processing skills etc....  Not excusing him, either.  Don't we need to understand this?

amsp259
by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Evil is evil.....
Radarma
by "OneDar" on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:50 PM

 A better question would be why is this seemingly only manifesting in males? Don't young women also have attachment issues?

Good post and FWIW, I don't see this as "justification" or "excusing" at all...I am always pleased to consider the WHY part.

 

LAHnTAH0812
by Bronze Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Anyone who can be influenced to kill should be locked up. Permanently. End of story.
amsp259
by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Evil is. & knows no age or nationality
gdiamante
by Silver Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Rather than consdiering it justification (because there is none), perhaps it should be taken as a cautionary tale and something to look at to try to prevent future incidents? 

Learning from history in order to avoid repeating it, you know? 

Quoting tooptimistic:

More than a little sick of trying to find a justification for the actions of a terrorist.

I think he knew what he was doing when he placed a bomb in a backpack next to an eight year old.  Dzhokhar did that, not anyone else.  He decided to that.

He wasn't mentally ill.  He went to a party after the attack.  There is NO JUSTIFICATION.


gdiamante
by Silver Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 12:20 AM


Quoting lokilover:

I completely agree with her. We already have tons of psychological research on terrorism and a well defined profile of what a terrorist looks like. This is not a new area of study, and there's already been a lot of work done on it. My impression is that the people who say, "We need to examine him and learn why he did this so we can prevent it in the future.", are just not well-read on the subject. I don't think there's anything substantial that we can learn from Dzhokhar. 


But from the accounts we've been seeing... Dzhokar Tsarnaev initially didn't seem to fit the profile.

gdiamante
by Silver Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Andrea Yates. Susan Smith. And while a jury didn't convict, perhaps Casey Anthony. I think we're seeing a different sort of issue among women where the crimes usually get directed not outward to the world at large (Brenda Spencer of "I Don't Like Mondays" notoriety is an exception), but rather "inwardly" to a part of oneself, specifically a child or children.

Quoting Radarma:

 A better question would be why is this seemingly only manifesting in males? Don't young women also have attachment issues?

Good post and FWIW, I don't see this as "justification" or "excusing" at all...I am always pleased to consider the WHY part.

 


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