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It’s the drugs, stupid. In hundreds of square miles of supposed analysis of the Norway mass murder, almost nobody has noticed that the smirking Anders Breivik was taking large quantities of mind-altering chemicals.
In this case, the substances are an anabolic steroid called stanozolol, combined with an amphetamine-like drug called ephedrine, plus caffeine to make the mixture really fizz.
Almost nobody has noticed that the smirking Anders Breivik was taking large quantities of mind-altering chemicals.
I found these facts in Breivik’s vast, drivelling manifesto simply because I was looking for them.
The authorities and most of the media are more interested in his non-existent belief in fundamentalist Christianity.
I doubt if the drugs would ever have been known about if Breivik hadn’t himself revealed this.
I suspect that mind-bending drugs of some kind feature in almost all of the epidemic rampage killings that Western society is now suffering.
Anabolic steroids were also used heavily by David Bieber, who killed one policeman and tried to kill two more in Leeds in 2003, and by Raoul Moat, who last summer shot three people in Northumberland, killing one and blinding another.
Steroids are strongly associated with mood changes, uncontrollable anger and many other problems. In my view, this link remains formally unproven only because no great effort has yet been made to prove it.
A serious worldwide inquiry should be launched into the correlation between steroid use and violent incidents.
Likewise with so-called ‘antidepressants’, whose medical value has recently been seriously questioned in two devastating articles in The New York Review Of Books by the distinguished American doctor Marcia Angell. Her words ought to be reproduced and circulated to all doctors.
I pointed out some time ago how many shooting incidents involved people who had been taking these suspect pills. Patrick Purdy, culprit of the 1989 Cleveland school shooting, and Jeff Weise, culprit of the 2005 Red Lake High School shootings, had been taking ‘antidepressants’.
So had Michael McDermott, culprit of the 2000 Wakefield massacre in Massachusetts. So had Kip Kinkel, responsible for a 1998 murder spree in Oregon. So had John Hinckley, who tried to murder President Ronald Reagan in 1981. They were also found in the cabin of the ‘Unabomber’ Ted Kaczynski, of whom more later.
Then there are the dangerous illegal drugs that are increasingly common since the State stopped bothering to prosecute users. Jared Loughner, who smiled so beatifically (like the equally unhinged Breivik) after murdering six people in Arizona, had been a heavy smoker of cannabis for much of his youth. The use of this allegedly ‘soft’ drug is increasingly correlated with mental disturbance, often severe.
All these poisons have their defenders, who will, I know, respond to the facts above with a typhoon of rage and spittle. This is because they all have their selfish or commercial reasons for preventing a proper inquiry into their effects – which is all I am calling for here. Shame on them. They are disgusting.
The rest of us must consider more wisely. The human brain is a delicate and mysterious organ, of which we know amazingly little.
But we do know this. Several drugs, especially the testosterone that is in steroids, the SSRIs such as Fluoxetine that are in ‘antidepressants’ and the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the main ingredient of cannabis, have potent effects on brain chemistry.
Anyone can have unusual or unconventional ideas. Unkind conservative Americans used to play a game of guessing whether various alarmist statements about the environment had been written by the Unabomber – who lived in a forest hut and murdered people by sending them letter bombs – or by Vice President Al Gore, who lived in the Washington National Observatory with a Secret Service guard. It usually turned out that the wilder ones had been penned by Mr Gore.
And I have no doubt that the eloquence of writers can move people to action. William Butler Yeats feared that his patriotic poems might have set some Irishmen on the path to Easter Rising violence in 1916. But it is rational action.
Nobody but a madman – and steroids have in my view made Anders Breivik mad – could believe that mercilessly slaughtering the flower of Norway would advance any cause.
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Nazi mass murderer Anders Breivik claims that Norway’s authorities are ‘trying to kill me’
By Tom Parry
Breivik, 37, who killed 77 people in July 2011, said shooting him would have been more humane than keeping him in solitary confinement for five years
Nazi mass murderer Anders Breivik told a court the Norwegian state had “tried to kill me” by keeping him in solitary confinement for five years.
Breivik, 37, who killed 77 people in July 2011, said shooting him would have been more humane than treating him like an animal in jail .
In a courtroom rant, he said: ““For the past five years the state has tried to kill me.
“I don’t think many people would have survived as long as I have.”
The far-right extremist also moaned of being subjected to 885 strip searches since his arrest.
He argues that his treatment at Skien prison breaches his human rights .
The hearing is being held in in a converted gym at his high-security prison for security reasons.
Addressing the judge, the self-proclaimed Nazi read out a pre-prepared speech in which he paid tribute to far-right fanatics.
Breivik obeyed instructions not to give a Nazi salute as he did on Tuesday at the opening of the hearing.
The judge told him she would intervene if his explanation strayed from his description of his prison conditions.
When she asked his job description, Breivik said it was “party secretary of the Nordic State”.
He told her he would ‘fight to the death’ for Nazi ideals.
During his scripted address, he also praised the rise of the far right in Greece and of right-wing parties in Germany.
The former computer programmer said he drew strength from Adolf Hitler, while insisting that he no longer believed in violent revolution.
Breivik killed 77 people by first setting off a bomb in central Oslo before driving to the island of Utoeya, where he opened fire on children at a Labour party youth camp.
In 2012, he received Norway’s maximum jail sentence of 21 years.
The Norwegian government says Breivik receives fair treatment despite being in permanent solitary confinement.
The hearing continues.