Written by: Jason Pitruzzello
This is the second installment in a three-part series. The final installment will be published on Friday of this week.
Next, we should take up the case of Robert Steinhauser. In April of 2002, he gunned down teachers and students at his former school, from which he had been expelled. Like Auvine, this did not happen in the U.S.; Erfurt is an old town in Germany with roots as far back as 742 C.E. As such, its relevance to the psychological conditioning of Americans is perhaps suspect. Like the case of Auvine, the best sources of information aren’t in English, and thus unavailable to those, like myself, who don’t understand German. In terms of intellectual rigor, I can’t claim to have all of the facts; if Walsh and LaRouche’s other writers were themselves were also intellectually rigorous in their study of non-American cases such as these, they would also admit the same thing. Instead, the following quotations are used as evidence:
“By all accounts, he stalked through the school searching out teachers and killing them with point-blank shots from the Glock to their heads. ‘There were dead bodies lying everywhere in the corridors,’ said Thomas Rethfeldt, 18. In all, the lethal teenager shot 40 rounds and killed almost a quarter of the school’s teaching staff. ‘I thought it was fireworks. Then the door opened, and a masked man came through the door. The teacher was standing there and he shot her through the head, through her glasses,’ said student Dominik Ulbricht.”
“Although Steinha@auuser [sic] was a member of a gun club for a year before the massacre, no gun club provides this type of “skill and will to kill.” Computer games, like Counterstrike do. Upon investigating Steinha@auuser’s computer, police found he had spent countless hours playing Ninja, Doom and Counterstrike. One officer said, “He had clearly become obsessed by these games and by the use of guns.” The teen trained for a year on the games, with intent to carry out the massacre. During the crime, he wore the black clothing and mask of the ninja player from the game.”
In order to deal with these claims, we must remain cognizant of the fact that only two sources are cited by this article. One is this link to a crime archive Web site from which a substantial portion of text is directly copied and pasted. The other is an article written by Lyndon LaRouche himself in 2007 entitled “The Mask of Nancy Pelosi: The Force of Tragedy.” Neither of these are peer reviewed journals or fact checked news outlets. With that in mind, let’s examine some of the facts of the case from reputable, fact checked outlets.
First, he was not a member of just one gun club, but two. London’s very own newspaper, The Independent, reported on April 28, 2002 that he was a member of both the Erfurt Shooting Club and the Police Sports Club. Second, and perhaps most tellingly, during his rampage, he didn’t try and kill everyone he came across in the same way Cho would do at Virginia Tech. Instead, as reported by The Observer on April 28, 2002, “Erfurt’s police chief, Rainer Grube, said that several times the killer ran into his former schoolmates, yet ignored them.” As it was, this killer’s real targets were his former teachers, individuals who, it should be remembered, were responsible for his expulsion from school. As The Observer goes on to point out, “In eastern Germany particularly, where the unemployment rate is double the national average, this would have been a heavy blow.”
Does this sound like someone conditioned to kill and trained by first person shooters? Hardly. If he had learned to kill and been conditioned by these kinds of games, he would have gunned everyone down to increase his “score.” Furthermore, his motivation, revenge, is quite common in cases of murder outside of school zones. Don’t take my word for it. Do your own Google Internet Search, and you’re still going to come up with more news items for revenge killings than sources cited in either of the LaRouche-sponsored essays in question. (I came up with 220,000 hits, but your mileage may vary.)