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January 12, 2011

What can we really learn from an image?  Sometimes, a lot.  More often, our eyes can deceive us.  The mugshot of the psychotic and evil murderer, Jared Loughner may tell us something about him.  When I first saw it, the smirking, lumpy, hairless face reminded me of something… It took me a while to remember.  It was a Woody Harrelson movie from the ’90s.  Natural Born Killers.

Does this mean that Oliver Stone and Woody Harrelson caused or inspired Loughner’s actions? Are they responsible?  Do they have blood on their hands?

No.  That’s ridiculous.

But I’d bet good money that Loughner has seen the movie.  I’d go so far as to say he was a fan of it.  And I’d even suggest that the reason he shaved his head and eyebrows before going on his murder spree was to look like Harrelson did in this movie.  He was putting on a costume so that, in his mind, he would be a Natural Born Killer, too.

Or it could just be a coincidence.

We all have a desire to make sense out of the senseless.  But, sometimes, there isn’t any sensible answer.  Sometimes people are just plain crazy.

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