I don't like to blog about current events, events being, currently, very depressing, but I will make an exception to pull these three threads together. First, Jack Cashill in American Thinker
Although the most visible point of comparison is race and gender — black and male — both [Dorner and Alexis] were born in New York City within a month of each other in the spring of 1979, graduated high school, attended college, moved more or less comfortably in the larger integrated world, and joined the Navy Reserve.
Most saliently, both Dorner and Alexis were mentally unbalanced. In a different time and place they might have blamed themselves, their lovers, or their parents for the demons that haunted them, but the two came of age in what might be called the post-Roots era. From the beginning, they have always had a way to account for their misfortunes that spared them introspection. ...
Then this little tidbit from West Hunter
It has been said that schizophrenia strikes without regard to sex, race, social class, or culture. Whoever said that must be crazy: it's far from true. Schizophrenia is more common in men than women — about 1.4 to 1. It's more common in the lowest SES groups, although that may be downward drift. Schizophrenia is considerably more common among people of African ancestry. In the US, about 3 times more common. It seems that immigrants are more vulnerable, all else equal: that might be because crazy people are more likely to pull up stakes, or maybe being a stranger and afraid in a world you never made is bad for your mental health. Schizophrenia seems to be more common among people that grew up in cities — about twice as common. ...
Finally, to put a cork in it, Dr. Krauthammer
Had this happened 35 years ago in Boston, Alexis would have been brought to me as the psychiatrist on duty at the emergency room of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Were he as agitated and distressed as in the police report, I probably would have administered an immediate dose of Haldol, the most powerful fast-acting antipsychotic of the time.
This would generally have relieved the hallucinations and delusions, a blessing not only in itself, but also for the lucidity brought on that would have allowed him to give us important diagnostic details — psychiatric history, family history, social history, medical history, etc. If I had thought he could be sufficiently cared for by family or friends to receive regular oral medication, therapy and follow-up, I would have discharged him. Otherwise, I'd have admitted him. And if he refused, I'd have ordered a 14-day involuntary commitment.