This case is very similar to the Newtown incident and the Colorado theater incident where a young male who grew up in a broken and dysfunctional home failed to get the nurturing and life skills instructions that are needed from his parents or anyone else. Similarly he was diagnosed with a mental illness most likely induced by his circumstances and had been under treatment for it before his torment came to a head.
Very often extremely successful and affluent parents simply do not have the time or take the time to actually parent their children. As a result their off-spring grow up with a very warped and convoluted sense of society and their place in it. Unless they are fortunate enough to find a substitute or surrogate parental figure to help them they are kind of left to flounder in life and try and figure it out on their own.
To me this represents the other end of the spectrum which produces these social misfits and psychopaths. We have grown to expect it from the broken homes and horrendous life styles of those on the lower edge of society where gangs flourish and drug use is common but now it is increasingly occurring at the upper end of our society as well.
Everything from "affluenza" where children of wealthy families get easy punishment for lessor offenses to mass killings out of blind rage over a misguided youth are to me just symptoms of a society in which children grow up without proper guidance and instruction in behavioral boundaries (aka discipline) or how to deal with life's frustrations. To complicate matters they now live in virtual fantasy worlds created by the social media and the World Wide Web.
If you take a close look at the music, movies, TV shows, and digital games that kids grow up with now a lot of them seem to use violence as a means of coping with perceived problems. As a result if parents fail to mediate and explain some of what kids grow up with there is a likelihood that some of that antisocial behavior could rub off on them. When it does it can warp their outlook on life and their place in it.
Hip Hop and Rap music which pretty much originated in the ghettos of America can contain some of the most violent and antisocial lyrics going and encourage outright social disobedience and opposition to authority. Children's TV and movies have so called heroes who use violence to solve all of their problems. From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Power Rangers the fix is usually to physically subdue your adversaries. And of course computer games allow a child to actually immerse themselves virtually into the action and interact in a meaningful way which gives them a false sense of gratification when they successfully destroy their digital adversaries.
The result of all of this coupled with a total lack of discipline in their real world environment gives them a kind of sense of entitlement that allows them to commit all manner of game like atrocities on actual living human beings without a trace of conscience or remorse. In some ways it is like Alice going down the rabbit hole and entering a world where fantasy becomes their reality.
Then as if that isn't enough we are daily inundated in our news media about the violence that surrounds us in other nations as uprisings and violent killings are taking place and about the terrorist scourge that is raging around our entire world. It is as if blowing up or setting fire to or poisoning or simply shooting our social adversaries is a normal thing to be expected in our world.
I know that we have this fixation about guns being the cause of so much gun violence and yes if guns didn't exist then guns could not be the modus operandi but the simple fact is that even without them people with these kinds of issues would find other ways to carry out their fantastical activities.
We have cases where forth graders are poisoning their teacher and mothers are murdering their own children by stabbing or drowning them in the bathtub. We have preteen girls who in a fit of jealous rage pour gasoline on a fellow child and set her on fire. We have children who actually murder their own parents over being grounded or disciplined in some way late in their upbringing after having been raised with little or no discipline and allowed to go uncorrected in their younger more formative years. Too late for discipline is too late and by then you have lost any opportunity to seriously influence that individual. Discipline has to start at an early age and be consistent until that child matures enough to understand rational explanations and reasoning.
Simply put as long as we continue to ignore the real causes and origination of our social problems they are going to continue pretty much unabated and may even grow more common and frequent in their occurrencesdiscover what our grand parents knew years ago and that which we have come to ignore because of our busy and very distracted lives. Growing up is a very traumatic experience that requires a lot of care and nurturing not only physically but emotionally. We have to be taught to deal with life's disappointments and frustrations and how to avoid falling into emotional traps that can destroy us. We also need to understand our sexuality and how it affects us. Some might say sarcastically that all this kid needed was to get laid but I submit that his problems ran much deeper than that.
I am not a psychologist nor do I know the details of his situation but I sense that he felt a degree of abandonment after losing his birth mother and was never able to find a suitable replacement for her loss in his life. Over time that loss coupled with his clumsiness on the social level with the opposite sex created a sense of despair that turned to loathing and ultimately made him a murderous psychopath bent of getting revenge against all women for a life of rejection. So it was far more than just sex. The hormones were just the added fuel for a fire that had burned for a long time within him.