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May 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Santa Barbara shootings: Close relations understand the mentally ill

A woman looks at the bullet holes in the window of IV Deli Mark in Isla Vista, Calif. (JAE C. HONG / AP)

There will be many second-guessing the police response regarding their interview of the Santa Barbara shooter [“Frantic parents of shooting suspect raced to police — too late,” Nation & World, May 26]. The ability to convince others of their kindness and goodness is a hallmark of sociopathic behavior, and of many abusers.

Behind every potentially violent person there is someone who sees them for who they really are. But, too often, those who speak out about the potential for violence are ignored, unless and until a more egregious act is committed.

Abuse is too often seen only for its violent aspect. Yet before the shooter turned violent, his parents saw, they knew and they tried to tell someone.

The police did the best they could under the circumstances. Because even police are not immune to the way an abuser, a sociopath, can spin a convincing web of lies.

Cathy Aldrich, Shoreline

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