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Reminder: Crazy People Are Dangerous

Posted on | July 1, 2015 | 37 Comments

Tyrelle Shaw.

How many times do I have to explain this? You let enough kooks run around loose — as has been the policy in this country since we de-institutionalized the mentally ill in the 1970s — and people adjust their expectations. People become accustomed to encountering weirdos, freaks and lunatics, jabbering madness to themselves on street corners or posting deranged nonsense on Tumblr blogs. You’re not even supposed to notice there is anything strange about these wild-eyed nutjobs roaming around with facial piercings, tattoos and purple hair. I’ve been denounced as an “ableist” for pointing out that a Tumblr feminist is mentally ill, even though her “about” page listed a long litany of psychiatric diagnoses and her writing was self-evidently crazy.

Well, you can’t call them “crazy” anymore, because then you’re stigmatizing the mentally ill, and stigma is bad. Probably not as bad as getting bashed in the face with a hammer, however.

How a Life That Showed Promise Veered
Into Violence Against Asian Women

The last message to family and friends from Tyrelle D. Shaw, an artist and bow-tie designer who called himself “Mr. Talented,” arrived at 1:38 p.m. on June 16.
“Surprisingly, I saw my afterlife!” he wrote on Facebook. “If I’m correct- I should be reincarnated into a Rat. Guess what? Your life after death already exist. It’s just waiting for you to die. I know! I know! People call me weird, but I’m actually Brilliant.”
The distressing note, in which Mr. Shaw said he planned to take his own life, signified the beginning of the end of a vicious crime spree that had terrified an entire community in New York. It also represented the climax of what the Police Department’s chief of detectives would later describe as “one of the strangest stories” he had encountered in some time.
Over the previous six days, a man had attacked at least four women in Manhattan, smashing them in the face with a heavy object wrapped in a plastic bag. The common thread in the seemingly random attacks: All of the victims were of Asian descent.
The attacks and the resulting manhunt for Mr. Shaw, identified through a surveillance video, spread fear in Chinatown and other Asian enclaves across the city.
In one of the episodes, the police said, the man complained to his victim that Asian women would not talk to him. But could such a thing really explain the assaults?
What happened next would also shock: Mr. Shaw said on his blog that he planned to place his neck in a noose tied to an elevator at the bottom of a shaft. The next person who pushed a button to send the elevator up would, he wrote, “murder me without even knowing it.”
Days later, his body was found. It was a sad, violent end to a short, promising life. On his blog, he had admitted to the attacks and had blamed being rejected by Asian women for committing them. He had tried to talk to nearly 1,500 in less than 350 days, he wrote, and none had said hello: “I just couldn’t understand why Asian Women didn’t find me attractive.”
A friend recalled Mr. Shaw saying he had been found to have bipolar disorder, but could not afford the medicine to treat it. Mental health records obtained by The New York Times from 2013, when he was in jail on Rikers Island, did not show him reporting any manic symptoms, only a history of depression.

Notice the sob-sister feature treatment about the “sad” death of this young man with such a “promising life.” If only he had posed with a Confederate flag . . . Well, that would be a different story. Meanwhile, in the real world, where the New York Times is mournfully reporting the death of this violent maniac, we learn why Tyrelle Shaw was jailed at Rikers Island. You see, he “did stupid things, like stealing a leather jacket valued at almost $1,500 from Bloomingdale’s, or stealing four pairs of sunglasses from the BCBG Max Azria store on Madison Avenue.” To liberal journalists, these are just “stupid things,” not actual crime:

He also lied. Two years ago, Mr. Shaw told a friend he was moving back home to Toronto. But he spent much of the period from June 2013 to June 2014 on Rikers Island after being convicted of stealing the sunglasses, as well as an iPad from a hair salon and an iPhone from the front seat of an ambulance.
He was arrested again in December, this time for trespassing, after he was found in a storage room in a building at 696 Madison Avenue, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He spent only a day in jail.
Those who knew him said he had changed. Nia Langley, who met Mr. Shaw through social media, said he was “very giving, very open, very artistic,” that is, at least until the beginning of this year. She said he started posting “weird stuff” online — about being rejected by women, about how he felt as a black man, about how he thought Asians were racist.

The parallels to Dylann Roof seem obvious enough here, and the feminist blog Jezebel sees another relevant comparison:

Mental illness doesn’t explain the violence of the attacks Shaw is suspected of committing. Neither does a feeling of entitlement to women’s bodies, and a frustration when they didn’t respond the way he wanted. But like Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and injured 14 others during a shooting rampage he blamed on women rejecting him sexually, there’s a toxic mess here of untreated mental illness, growing rage and misogyny. In Shaw’s case, that was seemingly compounded by a life of poverty and a grandiose self-image that he seemingly came to realize was disconnected to the way the world actually viewed him.

Slinging this kind of gender-theory jargon about male “entitlement” and “misogyny” is how feminists prove they’re smarter than the rest of us. This particular writer, Anna Merlan, got her B.A. from UC-Santa Cruz and a master’s from Columbia University, which qualifies her to . . . write for a feminist blog. Elite credentials for such menial drudgery, and Ms. Merlan fails to notice a striking aspect that connects Rodger and Shaw — ethnic fetishism. Rodger was half-English, half-Malaysian with a fixation on blondes, whereas Shaw was black and had a fixation on Asians. Can we deduce anything from this? Is there a “moral to the story,” some kind of sociological pattern here? I don’t know, and it might be unwise to generalize from these two examples because Elliot Rodger and Tyrelle Shaw had something else in common: THEY WERE CRAZY!

Wacko, bonkers, zany, cracked, demented, disturbed, off their rockers, nuttier than squirrel farts and cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

And what do I keep telling you about crazy people?

There are more than 300 million people in the United States. What percent of them are dangerously crazy? If it’s just 1%, that means there are 3 million potential mass murderers out there. And we can’t lock them all up, because the mentally ill have rights, including the right to vote.

How do you think Obama got elected, anyway?

Be afraid, America. Be very afraid.

 

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  • http://www.journal14.com/ Dana

    That all of the women were women of Asian descent does not mean that he was raaaaacist, since, as a black man, he can’t be racist. ‘Twas all just a coincidence.

  • Daniel Freeman

    Mental health records obtained by The New York Times from 2013, when he was in jail on Rikers Island, did not show him reporting any manic symptoms, only a history of depression.

    The grandiosity of calling himself Mr. Talented qualifies, along with the delusion of calling himself brilliant for being sure that he would be reincarnated as a rat.

    As bipolars get older, they learn to expect the letdown at the end of the manic phase, so it stops being as euphoric. I would assume that his assaults and suicide were committed in dysphoric mania.

    (I studied bipolar a bit after my sister’s best friend’s dad committed suicide, shortly after he had to stop taking the meds due to liver toxicity. It has a short life expectancy.)

  • Daniel Freeman

    And he certainly can’t be racist against black women for preferring Asians. Right?

  • Quartermaster

    “How do you think Obama got elected, anyway?”
    They allow insane people to vote.

  • Quartermaster

    I can tell you both have been properly indoctrinated. You may now graduate from the re-education camp. Go and sin no more.

  • http://www.journal14.com/ Dana

    But Asian (and white?) women can certainly be racist against him, ’cause they didn’t rip off their thong panties for him when he was around, right?

  • http://www.journal14.com/ Dana

    Of course, we have to excuse Elliot Rodger, because all of those racist white womens rejected him, ’cause he was half-Malaysian.

    Bitches brought it on themselves!

  • Art Deco

    Again, Fuller Torrey: “stark staring mad is a great deal more common than stark raving mad”. You have people with schizophreniform disorders and you have violent people. You have some intersection between them. Twenty-four hour care in state asylums is not necessary for a comfortable majority of lunatics and it’s hideous expense renders it inadvisable. Let the criminal justice system deal with the Tyrelle Shaws of this world. A prerequisite for that is to end the confusion of punishment and social work and use probation and parole only as an appendix to a sentence of incarceration or corporal punishment. For Tyrelle Shaw and his ilk, they can be housed in discrete cell blocks dedicated to lunatics and be subject to civil commitment later.

  • trangbang68

    Thin line between madness and genius. The method of dispatching himself was rather clever. “Going up?”

  • Art Deco

    Thin line between madness and genius.

    I think an invention of some silly romantic. John Nash had a schizophreniform breakdown in 1959 (exceptionally late in life for a man). As far as I’m aware, he produced nothing of note during his 30-odd years of lunacy. Prior to 1959, he wasn’t mad, just stupefyingly self-centered.

  • texlovera

    And we can’t lock them all up, because the mentally ill have rights, including the right to vote.

    How do you think Obama got elected, anyway?

    And now the prog democrats want to give felons the right to vote.

    SCREW ‘EM.

  • DeadMessenger

    And they don’t seem to notice the fact that, to keep Progs in office, they must rely on stupid people, crazy people and criminals (including illegals), which says a lot about the irrationality of their ideology.

  • DeadMessenger

    I’ve been denounced as an “ableist” for pointing out that a Tumblr feminist is mentally ill, even though her “about” page listed a long litany of psychiatric diagnoses and her writing was self-evidently crazy.

    Because, you know, it’s not possible to have compassion for sick people while simultaneously believing they need treatment, and also the wisdom of not taking life advise from people who, by their own admission, have psychiatric disorders.

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  • Durasim

    This is leftist protocol at work. Leftists have designated certain groups, like racial minorities, females, disabled, mentally ill, etc., as the pity groups about whose members we must never say anything unfavorable about.

    When it comes to the mentally ill, our betters decree that there is nothing bad or dangerous about being “mentally ill” and that we must never “judge” or “stigmatize” those with psychiatric problems, or in any way treat them differently in normal life. Except, if they should commit crimes, then their “mentally ill” status entitles them to be exempt from punishment and only compassionate therapeutic treatment. Of course, we know that mental institutions are little better than prison for those who have to live in them, and so the leftists also demand that we lavish enough money so that every psychiatric facility is like a free Four Seasons.

    Of course, this “compassionate” and “empathetic” protocol only applies when the “mentally ill” commit common crime, that is crime that does not offend leftist principles. What happens when a mentally ill person commits crimes against other designated leftist pity groups? Why, it’s simple. The leftist commentariat can just declare that this mentally ill perpetrator does not count as mentally ill, or that “mental illness” will not be discussed as an issue of his crimes.

    http://www.salon.com/2015/06/18/its_not_about_mental_illness_the_big_lie_that_always_follows_mass_shootings_by_white_males/

    Marc Lepine, Jared Loughner, Elliott Rodger, and now Dylann Roof all had mental issues. However, since they were white (or could pass for white) males who attacked women and minorities, the mental illness factor was immediately deleted from discussion, so that the leftists could focus on denouncing them and also blaming conservative ideology as being culpable for their crimes.

    Tyrelle Shaw’s announced motives for his crimes are almost completely interchangeable with Elliot Rodger’s, save for the race of the women fixated upon. But since Tyrelle Shaw is a black male, it appears that he will be afforded partial pity as a member of the mentally ill.

  • RKae

    The leftist line is that black people can’t be racist because they don’t have power.

    He had the power to kill them. I don’t know how much more power a person can have.

  • RKae

    Why is it that leftists never see a baby in the womb as “a life that shows promise”?

  • RKae

    Vote, hell! They want to give felons the ability to be secretary of state and then a front-runner for president!

  • Durasim

    The Jezebel article says “Mental illness doesn’t explain the violence of the attacks Shaw is suspected of committing. Neither does a feeling of entitlement to women’s bodies, and a frustration when they didn’t respond the way he wanted.”

    Uh, why doesn’t that explain it?

    And when it came to denouncing Elliott Rodger, Jezebel and its cohorts shrieked till they were blue in the fact that “a feeling of entitlement to women’s bodies” was the sum total explanation of Rodger’s rampage. When other persons dared to suggest other contributing causes to Rodger’s actions, they were immediately shouted down as being misogynist obfuscators.

    Why are we told that Tyrelle Shaw’s violent behaviors are somehow complex, nuanced, and multi-causal, and yet simultaneously told that Elliott Rodger’s violence must have one simple indisputable explanation?

  • robertstacymccain

    Depending on its severity, bipolar disorder can be treated without medication, if the patient learns to self-monitor his moods and his family are aware and supportive. The “lifetime medication” approach has the obvious problems of (a) side-effects and (b) the need for monitoring of meds. You see psychiatrists changing prescriptions, dosages, of multiple meds in an effort to get the right “mix.”

    It is really more practical to help the patient learn to recognize stress and learn to avoid or cope with stress, to monitor his own moods, to get sufficient rest, eat well, etc. More than anything, good mental health requires a sense of personal agency. I’ve seen too many people “become their diagnosis,” making their illness the basis of their identity, thereby denying responsibility for their problems.

    Well, OK, fine: You are your disease. Congratulations. Enjoy your pity party, but don’t send me an invitation, because I won’t RSVP.

  • Bumr50

    Crazy, yes. But I can tell you that there is no love lost between urban blacks and Asian store owners here in our little Burgh.

    From what I could gather as a Caucasian, the Asians own most of the weave, wig, and nail shops, and naturally their clientele is mostly African-American females. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the incidents of animosity I’ve personally witnessed between the two groups out in the street. Usually, a group of black females are yelling about how the Asians are “following them around” the store, as apparently their shrinkage is quite high.

  • http://www.journal14.com/ Dana

    It appears to me that you actually will RSVP, and have done so, negatively, many times. 🙂

  • http://www.journal14.com/ Dana

    If two homosexual men hired a lesbian woman to be a surrogate mother for “their” child, and she decided to have an abortion, would that be a crime?

  • Quartermaster

    It would a tort for breach of contract. IN our depraved society, however, the abortion itself would not be a crime before any law other than God’s law.

  • concern00

    First we release them into the community, then we destigmatize, then normalize, then celebrate. I think that makes the rest of us crazy.

  • Fail Burton

    The fact feminists compare mental illness to a non-existent thing they made up out of their heads like “misogyny” but which they give equal weight to shows how incredibly stupid and prone to delusional bias these women are.

  • theoldsargesays

    Seems to me that he was at the very least self-segregating himself from black women, which would seem to say that he still held on to some sense of good judgement.

  • theoldsargesays

    Where and when do I report?

  • http://alanye.com daialanye

    Those mentally-ill people with a tendency for violence must be carefully monitored. Those with tendencies toward violence and cruelty should probably be locked up forever—some in mental institutions, others in prison.

    The signs usually become clear in their late teens, while society’s effective reaction commonly takes much longer.

  • http://alanye.com daialanye

    Schizophrenia tends to crop up in creative families, and some schizophrenics are remarkably creative—occasionally in scientific or technical fields but far more often in art (written and graphic) where the unusual is often rewarded for its own sake.

    Examples include Kurt Vonnegut and his diagnosed son.

  • http://alanye.com daialanye

    What best explains his violence is a criminal tendency and supreme egoism. The majority of mentally-ill are not violent.

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  • Gunga

    They even allow insane people to be voted for..

    Sometimes I thin they encourage it…

  • Gunga

    No, it would be the pilot for a reality series…

  • Gunga

    The clever person in this case will be the one who finally finds a product that removes the stench from that elevator shaft.

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