The Seattle Times today weighs in on the theorizing that’s taken off in the absence of a clear motive for Kyle Huff’s murderous rampage on Saturday.
In the absence of fact, theories have sprung up on Web blogs and in news accounts. Some suggest that Huff met at least one of his victims at a rave weeks before the shooting. A Seattle psychologist wondered if Huff, who appeared to have no girlfriend, acted out of sexual frustration.
Experts say mass killers — those who kill four or more in a single spree — are rare and fit a common profile: A history of failure and frustration. Anger. Poor self-esteem. Little social interaction. And a fascination with guns.
In Huff’s case: Check, check, check, check, and a big check on the fascination with guns.
The Seattle Police Department has convened a panel of experts, led by a man known as the “Dean of Death,” to get to the bottom of the motive mystery. But down in the forums, the Stranger-based criminal theorists are giving the Dean of Death a run for his money. (Threads are here, here, here, and here.)