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December 18th, 2012
07:03 AM ET

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks inside the violent mind; researchers say none of 10 killers studied had just "snapped"

Newtown, Connecticut is a town in mourning in the aftermath of the tragic shooting that took the lives of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Many questions are being asked in the wake of the devastation, especially why the shooter did what he did. A body of research on previous mass murders may provide clues as to what the killers share in their minds. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is exploring that story.

“A close look at ten of the most analyzed mass murder cases in history provides some remarkable insight,” Dr. Gupta says. "According to this research published in the journal, Aggression and Violent Behavior, doctors typically start by placing killers into three categories: traumatized, psychotic,  psychopathic."

In each case studied, "the killers showed signs of psychotic behavior, severe delusions and paranoia," Dr. Gupta says. "Looking back, none of them had snapped. They had all left clues, pieced together after it was too light. Hindsight.”

December 17th, 2012
08:19 AM ET

California Rep. Mary Bono Mack & Florida Rep. Connie Mack discuss the U.S. mental health system; Rep. Connie Mack: 'We need to...recognize those warning signs and then act'

Newtown, Connecticut is a town in the prayers of the entire country today. As the nation grieves in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, people all over the country are debating two old arguments over gun control and America’s mental heath system with renewed vigor. California Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack expressed concerns about the mental health system over the weekend. She and her husband, Florida Congressman Connie Mack,  join the show with their thoughts this morning. Both are republicans, and both are leaving congress when this term is up.

Congressman Connie Mack mentions the mental health information coming in about the gunman and “the challenges that this young man had.” Rep. Connie Mack says, “There’s warning signs left and right about this young man. We need to have our communities in a position where they can recognize those warning signs and then act on those warning signs.”

Rep. Mary Bono Mack talks about the role of the government when it comes to mental health. “I think we have to recognize that mental health is a part of physical health, and treat it as such, and highlight the importance of it and the need for it in our society,” Rep. Mary Bono Mack says. “But it isn’t just a governmental role. It’s a family role. It’s a societal role. It’s a cultural role. It’s everywhere.”