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‘He spoke to guns like they were his children’ Expert analyses Dunblane Massacre killer Thomas Hamilton who slaughtered 16 kids and their teacher
CBS show ‘Murderers and their Mothers’ studies the behaviours of crazed killer, which eventually led him to carry out the murderous rampage.
October 1st 2017
In the CBS Show ‘Murderers and their Mothers’, psychoanalyst Peter Aylward analyses the crazed killer and studies his behaviours and characteristics in depth in the build up to the murderous rampage.
The documentary series also claims Hamilton grew up believing his mother was his sister, which had a dramatic impact on his mental health as his family were desperate to avoid “shame”.
A total of 16 children and once teacher died at the hands of the evil monster on 13 March 1996, in a horror which remains the deadliest mass shooting in British history.
In the documentary it is suggested that Hamilton struggled with betrayal and rejection and so he turned to guns, amassing a huge collection of firearms and becoming a member of a rifle club.
Peter Aylward, a psychoanalyst appears on CBS Show Murderers and their Mothers which analyses the case. He said: “His relationship with guns took quite a perverse turn. He used to talk to his guns as if they were children.
“It’s as if the guns replaced the children that he had tried to gather around him.
“In this way he had complete and utter control of his guns and ammunition in a way that he never could with children.”
Peter added: “The gym was where he had focused all of his life in in terms of his boys’ clubs where he had been ostensibly denied the ability to parent in the way he wanted.
“It is the scene of his life’s work.
“By killing the children he is attacking the parents. It’s an enacted murderousness against those that disowned him. It began with his father, then his mother and became displaced into his community.”
Hamilton had four guns with him which he fired at random, killing 16 of the children. Twelve other pupils were injured in the atrocity – with just one from the class of 29 escaping uninjured.
Gwenne, a mother of two, was the 17th person to be shot and is believed to have been trying to shield the children as Hamilton kept firing.
Experts in the series point to Hamilton’s twisted family relationship and growing resentment of the community around him – and eventually a well thought out plan to murder.
Dr Keri Nixon, a forensic psychologist, said: “You would have grown up feeling very betrayed. ‘Who am I, What is my identity? How could you be my sister and not love me? Didn’t you want me?’
“No wonder this is a man who would have some deep seated psychological issues. He wanted people to look up to him and to be in control. It met so many psychological needs for him to be that figure that was in charge of the scouts.
“I think there’s always this brewing anger that is not being released, but it’s there.”
In the 1990s his love for guns came to the fore. In 1995 he renewed firearms licence and in September of that year bought a 9mm Browning pistol and a few months later a Smith and Wessom.
He is then thought to have started to plan the massacre.
Hamilton’s mother apparently knew about his gun club and boys clubs, but never suspected her son could turn to murder. On the eve of the massacre he visited his mother as normal, had dinner and a bath and gave no indication of the atrocity he would carry out in the next few hours.
Dr Nixon added: “He would go out, as he saw it, in a blaze of glory. Everyone would remember him, no one would ignore him again. He would have status, albeit a status none of us would want.”
Experts believe he had carefully planned the murder – even cutting the wires so that calling the emergency services would be delayed.
Elizabeth Yardley, associate professor of criminology at Birmingham City University, said: “There’s no remorse whatsoever. He feels entirely justified. He feels these people have stigmatised him and victimised him and labelled him and he feels no one should treat him like that, because of those seeds sown in his childhood and adolescence have grown into this toxic tree
“He had been planning, ruminating and fantasising about doing something like this for a long time.”
A programme about the Dunblane Massacre will be shown on the latest programme in the Murderers and their Mothers series on CBS Reality on Sunday at 9pm.