April, 24 2018
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How the Mind of a Teenage Killer Works
According to Psychologist Raymond Webster, he describes Robert Hawkins as a disturbed, troubled teen that, unfortunately, let it out on others.
Many people are getting to know this face. In a suicide note, 19-year-old Robert Hawkins left before killing innocent victims, he said he wanted to be famous. But, Psychologist, Raymond Webster, says that's not what Hawkins really wanted.
“What this is, is a very angry, hurt, emotionally debilitated, young man who has a strong sense of alienation, who has failed to develop a bond with other people and has failed to see he's important,” Webster says.
Webster says Hawkins chose the holiday season because he knew it would impact a lot of people. “I feel so badly for this kid, this is a 19-year-old man who doesn't realize about the sanctity and beauty of life,” Webster says.
What Pushed This Troubled Teen Over The Edge
Webster says the final push for some people is a major change in their life. It can happen 60 to 90 days before they commit a crime. In Hawkins case: he'd lost a relationship and a job.
“It’s a loss of a relationship that they viewed as critical to their existence,” Webster says.
Getting Help for Kids Early On
Here are some behaviors parents can detect early on, as early as 3 or 4 years old.
Those red flags include: Setting things on fire, running away, torturing or killing animals, social withdrawal, doing activities that reinforce loneliness and intensify anger like video games, and acting numb to emotions.
Webster says parents can't be in denial. “If their child is exhibiting behavior that appears to be at odds with what most of kids their age are doing, they need to contact a qualified child trained mental expert,” Webster says. Webster says another reason a person, like Hawkins, commits a murder to that magnitude, is to feel like they have control of their life. Also, to show people, the hurt that he's had deal with all his life.
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