“It didn’t happen. I wasn’t there. It wasn’t me.”
A Harvard-educated biologist was sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted of going on a shooting rampage during a faculty meeting at an Alabama university in 2010.
Bishop killed the biology department chairman, and two professors. Three faculty members were shot and wounded.
Bishop denied having anything to do with the rampage.
Is Amy Bishop a psychopath?
Psychopathic killers are very cold-blooded. They typically do not act on affect, and they are much more likely to be found among serial killers than among spree killers. Psychopathic killers find some kind of pleasure in taking lives, whereas Amy’s rampage appears more as the desperate act of an individual with serious grievances.
- Amy Bishop wants to be tried in brother’s death (bostonherald.com)
- Ex.-Ala. professor gets life in prison (cbsnews.com)
Considering she shot and killed her brother, assaulted a woman at a restaurant over a booster seat, was questioned in an attempted mail bombing of a Harvard professor, AND was convicted of this shooting, I’d say she’s a psychopath. 🙂
In everyday language, anyone who commits murder might be called a psychopath. Technically, though, an individual must display certain characteristics to be classified as a psychopath. Most “real” psychopaths do not kill while many non-psychopaths do. However, there is a much higher percent of psychopaths among prison inmates than in the general population, which is considered to be about 1% by Dr. Robert Hare, the father of psychopathy research. The brain of a psychopath has certain abnormalities, which stunt the development of a “conscience” and result in characteristic traits, including lack of empathy, arrogance, exploitivness, grandiosity, disregard for laws and social norms, disregard for the feelings and rights of others, lack of remorse, and finding pleasure in the suffering of others. There are also behavioral patterns in this group, such as the charm offensive, cunning and deceptive maneuvering, lying, and more. Among psychopath killers, there are also “trends.” They tend to be serial killers—not spree killers—and they plan their murders to avoid being caught. Because they want to do it again…
Physorg: Psychopaths’ brains: http://wp.me/p1YH7L-m
I somehow doubt that she’s a psychopath, since psychopaths are often very cool and calculating. She’s anything but cool, and for many years has had a reputation for being a loose cannon. From what I’ve gathered, I would say it seems she has narcissistic traits more than anything. I’ve also read accounts of her going off on “left field” tangents during staff meetings, so I also wonder if she could be schizophrenic or have some other delusional disorder.