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The Making of Lee Boyd MalvoThe D.C. Sniper$
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Carmeta Albarus and Jonathan Mack

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231143110

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231143110.001.0001

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A Forensic Mental Health Analysis of Lee Boyd Malvo

A Forensic Mental Health Analysis of Lee Boyd Malvo

(p.188) 4 A Forensic Mental Health Analysis of Lee Boyd Malvo
The Making of Lee Boyd Malvo

Jonathan H. Mack

Columbia University Press

This chapter provides a forensic mental health analysis of Lee Boyd Malvo. According to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Neil Blumberg, in his guilt phase, Malvo had a dissociative disorder not otherwise specified (NOS) as a consequence of his preexisting vulnerability to and the brainwashing and indoctrination by John Muhammad. Dr. Blumberg also diagnosed Malvo with depressive disorder NOS and conduct disorder, childhood-onset type. Acts of tragic violence are often foretold by tragedy in the childhood of the perpetrator. One of the lessons from the multiple tragedies of the D.C. sniper killings—of which Malvo himself is a victim—is that abandonment, instability, abuse, neglect, and extreme inconsistency in childhood can cause more problems and, frequently in the case of males, lead to violent criminal acts. The chapter concludes that the current epidemic of violence can be controlled by improving early childhood environments.

Keywords:   forensic psychology, mental health, Lee Boyd Malvo, Dr. Neil Blumberg, dissociative disorder, depressive disorder, conduct disorder, D.C. sniper killings, childhood environment, violence

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