Skip to comments.Alleged George Tiller Shooter Scott Roeder May Have Suffered From Mental Illness
Posted on 06/01/2009 1:17:54 PM PDT by wagglebee
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) -- Scott Roeder, the 51-year-old Kansas man who authorities have detained as the only suspect in the shooting of late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller, may have suffered from mental illness. That's according to his ex-wife, who said in a recent interview that Roeder always held extremist views.
Lindsey Roeder, who divorced Roeder in 1996 after 10 years of marriage, told the Topeka Capital-Journal that Roeder had a mental evaluation in the mid 1990s.
Although he did not believe he had any mental health issues, everyone else did," she told the newspaper.
He just felt these were his views, she said of his position supporting the killing of people who kill others, such as abortion practitioners. "He followed the view of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
"It scared me," she said of his approach, which has been linked to militia and anti-government groups and attitudes.
Meanwhile, Roeder's family released a statement, according to the newspaper, saying. We are shocked, horrified and filled with sadness at the death of Dr. Tiller and the circumstances surrounding it that may have involved Scott Roeder."
The statement confirmed the mental health problems, but said Roeder was otherwise a nice guy.
We know Scott as a kind and loving son, brother and father who suffered from mental illness at various times in his life," it said. "However, none of us ever saw Scott as a person capable of or willing to take another persons life. Our deepest regrets, prayers and sympathy go out to the Tiller family during this terrible time.
After serving 16 months in prison following a parole violation after officials found a license plate altered with anti-government slogans and bombmaking materials in his car and home, a Shawnee County District Court judge said Roeder presented a "threat of danger to the public."
Law enforcement officials told the Capital Journal newspaper at the time that Roeder was a "loving" but "obsessed" man, but maintained they didn't expect him to actually hurt anyone.
Roeder has no links to any legitimate pro-life group other than a couple of postings on a public forum on a pro-life web site. Otherwise, he has never been a volunteer of, staff member of or in any way associated with either national, state or local pro-life groups.
That and hundreds of condemnations of the Tiller shooting from pro-life groups hasn't stopped abortion advocates from exploiting Tiller's death for political gain and blaming pro-life advocates for his death.
That’s what I mean, Wag...they’re leading up to it.
No, but it's still a plea in Court, like it or not.
I hear amens from DU.
Combine that with 'Liberalism is a mental disorder' and the government can take way all our firearms...
My guess is that this guy WANTS to plead guilty.
Maybe he is as “insane” as a Andrea Yates was. Will the ACLU will come to his defense?
Cue Jack Ruby.
Cue Jack Ruby.
He needs to plea Islam, killing Tiller in the name of Allah. That'll get them all going.
SSRIs ? shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
Some are prevented from capitalization as well.
Must be hell, having to write like a little kid...
Your link didn’t work.
I can only assume that
a) you misunderstood that I was referring to a tactic of the left
b) have nothing better to comment about than someone’s typing/posting style.
It's not for lack of trying. Existing laws make it extremely tough for concerned family members to get help for other family members that have mental issues and who refuse to cooperate. You can't have someone declared incompetent or insane without due process of law. You can't force them into psychiatric treatment against their will.
The law states they have to be an imminent danger to themselves or others, but if they haven't done anything, just mouthing off, you still have no just cause. Maybe this NAMI article will help you understand what we're up against:
It’s because of the bleeding hearts that crazy people aren’t in the nut house like they were when I was a kid. Now they just roam around as they please talking to themselves and their imaginary friends.
Write like a grown-up and I’ll shut up about it.
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