But North­eastern Uni­ver­sity crim­i­nol­o­gist James Alan Fox said offering better mental health care is no cure-​​all. “Mass mur­derers won’t take you up on treatment.

They tend to exter­nalize and blame other people for their prob­lems,” he said. “They blame the spouse, the co-​​workers, immi­grants. They feel persecuted.

The kind of crime which moti­vates you to take action is often the kind of crime least impacted by the things we want to do,” Fox added. “The only con­so­la­tion is that it is a rare event.”

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