Earlier today, I posted an article that said Walter Palmer had surfaced and contacted authorities.
WALTER PALMER SURFACES AND CONTACTS U.S. INVESTIGATORS…
But if you read the article closely…the title is just false because there is one line that makes it false….
Officials for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tell us a rep for Dr. Palmer contacted them late Thursday. http://www.tmz.com/2015/07/31/dr-walter-palmer-surfaces-cooperating-with-investigation-cecil-lion/#ixzz3hVqfTp8I
There is a HUGE difference between the perpetrator showing up and his “representative”…after all,the rep showing could just be a subterfuge to buy more time to get away. To be honest, I am not surprised he sent a “representative”.
You see, from day one, he has shown what a coward he is. As soon as his name was made public, he basically said “fuck you all, I’m hiding” and closed his dentist shop. He COULD have had another dentist come in to cover his current patients, but you see, he didn’t give a damn about his patients, their dental emergencies, NOR did he care about the eleven (11) employees …because, truth be told, Walter James Palmer, is a narcissistic , egomaniac, a Sociopath and perhaps Psychopath, who cares only about himself, satisfaction of his perverted desires, and he doesn’t care whom he hurts.
All we have to do is look at the way he handled his sexual harassment of his employee. His receptionist made charges of sexual harassment. Now, it’s bad enough he did this to a female employee, but the records indicate she was ALSO a PATIENT. Most health professionals are warned about two things…number one, don’t have a sexual, or even non-sexual romantic relationship with your employees and NEVER do that with a patient. Normally, this kind of thing, in a normally functioning Oversight Board, would result in at least suspense of the license, if not termination of the license.
Palmer denied wrongdoing but admitted filthy, obscene comments he made about her body, especially her breasts, buttocks, sexual areas in general. He “settled” the matter by paying her one hundred twenty seven thousand dollars ($127,000.00). To someone like this asshole, it’s like him paying a prostitute for services rendered…but she was NOT a prostitute..she was both a receptionist AND a patient…you are supposed to respect the sexual boundaries of both.
But, Palmer thinks money can buy him anything, and sadly, it seems to have worked so far. He killed a bear illegally, a felony, but didn’t lose his DDS license over that either.
The problem with Palmer, as with other rich criminals is they are emboldened to do more crimes when they are able to pay their way out of convictions. I don’t mean to overstep my bounds, but the fact he has done so many criminal or at least, “unethical” things, it begs the question on why does he have a license in Minnesota. Did palms get greased with several thousand dollars , in the same manner he paid that woman he sexually harassed ?
Reports from people who know said that after he murdered Cecil (inhumanely adding forty hours of suffering), he expressed the desire to “kill and elephant”.
So, we have a predatory “professional” who violated the boundaries between a doctor and patient AND a doctor and staff, who kills living things to get pleasure, who abandoned both his patients (a violation of professional ethics by itself) and his employees, and one that shows every indication he will continue doing all of this in the future.
You have to understand people like Walter Palmer. A sociopath is “a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.” and a psychopath is “a person suffering from chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior.”
Given his history, both of these could fit Walter James Palmer. Sociopaths basically have no conscience. They don’t have any feelings of remorse when they kill an animal or person, or when they harm other people or animals. (Farther down in the article I differentiate between sociopath and psychopath and clearly, Palmer is more of a Psychopath).
Psychology today has an article on how to spot a Sociopath :
Psychologists vie to enumerate the facets of sociopathy. Joseph Newman argues that the sociopath has an attention bottleneck that allows him to focus only on one activity or train of thought, to the exclusion of others. Researchers, including Howard Kamler, say that the sociopath lacks not “moral” identity but self-identity altogether. Yet nowhere do I recognize myself more than in Hervey Cleckley’s clinical profiles. In The Mask of Sanity, published in 1941, Cleckley distilled what he believed to be the 16 key behavioral characteristics that defined psychopathy. Most of these factors are still used today to diagnose sociopaths/psychopaths and others with antisocial disorders. (Psychopathy and sociopathy are terms with an intertwined clinical history, and they are now largely used interchangeably. The DSM excludes both, in favor of antisocial personality disorder.)
- Superficial charm and good intelligence
- Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational thinking
- Absence of nervousness or neurotic manifestations
- Untruthfulness and insincerity
- Lack of remorse and shame
- Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior
- Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience
- Pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love
- General poverty in major affective reactions
- Specific loss of insight
- Unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations
- Fantastic and uninviting behavior with alcohol and sometimes without
- Suicide threats rarely carried out
- Sex life impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated
- Failure to follow any life plan”Since I don’t know this asshole PERSONALLY (thank goodness), I cannot say if he fits every one of these, and in fact, I would guess that some he doesn’t fit, but from casual examination, I believe he fits a LOT of them (the last one doesn’t seem to apply, but Im not a PhD in Psychology).
The thing about Sociopaths (and Psychopaths) is they are generally intelligent, sometimes very much so, and can often rise to high places in their given trade or profession. In fact, there is some evidence that Sociopaths can recognize each other and do, in fact, form alliances or partnerships with other sociopaths to become even more successful. For them, such things are not really “friendships” but more a working relationship to further their own personal goals.
It’s not unusual to find sociopaths as doctors, lawyers, CEOs, and in fact, in some professions, being a sociopath can actually give them an advantage.
The thing to understand about Sociopaths AND psychopaths, is they do not see YOU as a person, someone to be respected, someone to help if the need arises…they see you in a functionary sense, meaning, how can they exploit you, what can they get out of you or how can they get you to do what they want.
Now, I admit I’ve played “fast and loose” with the terms sociopath and psychopath…they are NOT interchangeable terms.
How to Tell a Sociopath from a Psychopath
“ Many forensic psychologists, psychiatrists and criminologists use the terms sociopathy and psychopathyinterchangeably. Leading experts disagree on whether there are meaningful differences between the two conditions. I contend that there are clear and significant distinctions between them.
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), released by the AmericanPsychiatric Association in 2013, lists both sociopathy and psychopathy under the heading of Antisocial Personality Disorders (ASPD). These disorders share many common behavioral traits which lead to the confusion between them. Key traits that sociopaths and psychopaths share include:
- A disregard for laws and social mores
- A disregard for the rights of others
- A failure to feel remorse or guilt
- A tendency to display violent behavior
In addition to their commonalities, sociopaths and psychopaths also have their own unique behavioral characteristics, as well.
Sociopaths tend to be nervous and easily agitated. They are volatile and prone to emotional outbursts, including fits of rage. They are likely to be uneducated and live on the fringes of society, unable to hold down a steady job or stay in one place for very long. It is difficult but not impossible for sociopaths to form attachments with others. Many sociopaths are able to form an attachment to a particular individual or group, although they have no regard for society in general or its rules. In the eyes of others, sociopaths will appear to be very disturbed. Any crimes committed by a sociopath, including murder, will tend to be haphazard, disorganized and spontaneous rather than planned.
Psychopaths, on the other hand, are unable to form emotional attachments or feel realempathy with others, although they often have disarming or even charming personalities. Psychopaths are very manipulative and can easily gain people’s trust. They learn to mimic emotions, despite their inability to actually feel them, and will appear normal to unsuspecting people. Psychopaths are often well educated and hold steady jobs. Some are so good at manipulation and mimicry that they have families and other long-term relationships without those around them ever suspecting their true nature.
When committing crimes, psychopaths carefully plan out every detail in advance and often have contingency plans in place. Unlike their sociopathic counterparts, psychopathic criminals are cool, calm, and meticulous. Their crimes, whether violent or non-violent, will be highly organized and generally offer few clues for authorities to pursue. Intelligentpsychopaths make excellent white-collar criminals and “con artists” due to their calm andcharismatic natures.
The cause of psychopathy is different than the cause of sociopathy (1). It is believed that psychopathy is the result of “nature” (genetics) while sociopathy is the result of “nurture” (environment). Psychopathy is related to a physiological defect that results in the underdevelopment of the part of the brain responsible for impulse control and emotions. Sociopathy, on the other hand, is more likely the product of childhood trauma and physical/emotional abuse. Because sociopathy appears to be learned rather than innate, sociopaths are capable of empathy in certain limited circumstances but not in others, and with a few individuals but not others.
Psychopathy is the most dangerous of all antisocial personality disorders because of the way psychopaths dissociate emotionally from their actions, regardless of how terrible those actions may be. Many prolific and notorious serial killers, including the late Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy, and Dennis Rader (“Bind, Torture, Kill” or BTK) are unremorseful psychopaths. Psychopathic killers view their innocent victims as inhuman objects to be tormented and violated for their amusement.”
MORE A PSYCHOPATH
Given the foregoing, I would have to say Walter Palmer fits the definition of a Psychopath more than a sociopath.
So, if he IS a Psychopath…is there a treatment that will cure him ?
” One of those is psychopathy, a personality disorder that is characterized by antisocial behavior, impulsivity, and a lack of empathy. Psychopaths may be charming on the surface but tend towards pathological deception and indifferent manipulation of other people. And they are more likely to have behavioral problems or be involved in criminal behavior.
This description portrays the psychopath as a societal parasite, leaving little role in a community for such an individual other than as part of the criminal justice system. This turns out to be the reality for many psychopaths, who are estimated to make up only 1% of the general population but between 15-25% of the incarcerated population. But, as our criminal justice system is supposed to be designed to rehabilitate criminals, there is an important question regarding psychopaths that has yet to be answered: can psychopathy be treated? There is not a clear-cut answer to this question, and you might find a differing of opinion even among experts.”
” Can psychopathy be cured? According to mental health experts, the short answer to this question is no. Dr. Nigel Blackwood, a leading Forensic Psychiatrist at King’s College London, has stated that adult psychopaths can be treated or managed but not cured (4).
Blackwood explains that psychopaths do not fear the pain of punishment and they are not bothered by social stigmatization. Psychopaths are indifferent to the expectations of society and reject its condemnation of their criminal behavior. According to Blackwood and others, callous and unemotional psychopaths simply do not respond to punishment the way that normal people do. Consequently, adult psychopaths in prison are much harder to reform or rehabilitate than other criminals with milder or no antisocial personality disorders (5).
Because they do not respond in a normal fashion to punishment, reward-based treatment seems to work best with psychopaths. Such strategies have been used effectively to mange psychopaths in institutional settings.
In reward-based treatment, psychopathic prisoners are given small privileges such as watching television, playing games or other perks in exchange for good behavior. For example, reward-based treatment has been utilized effectively with convicted serial killer and psychopath Dennis Rader (known as “Bind, Torture, Kill” or BTK) at the El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas. ”
I tend to agree with the second article. They can be treated, managed, but NOT “cured”. To think in terms of computers,
I see the psychopathic personality as malware in a system…a particularly bad kind that cannot be removed. With psychopaths, it’s like their BIOS is bad …like their firmware itself is inherently evil.
The thing about psychopaths is they are great about “figuring out people”. They quickly sum up a person when they meet them..and try to figure what makes them tick, so they more easily can exploit them. They also can quickly figure out what it will take to make a person like them. You have to remember that psychopaths are often very intelligent, charming when they want to be, may be very affluent / have lots of money, and they give off the impression they are successful, perhaps even “nice” people…its almost like a camouflage or disguise they use to trick you.
Such people make successful politicians, bankers, lawyers, doctors, car salesmen…any trade or job in which manipulating people is an advantage.
Its almost if they have a child’s attitude. They want everything now…they want their own desires fulfilled no matter what the consequences or what the collateral damage is.
They also, because they basically have a criminal approach to life, become very good at covering up their wrongdoing early. They will blame others, deny any guilt, and use any method possible to throw the blame off them and on to someone else. They also become very good at literally “covering up” their mistakes. They will do whatever it takes to try to make sure that their wrongdoing is never discovered…including but not limited to killing witnesses.
Imagine for a second you have NO conscience, are incapable of empathy, don’t see others as people with feelings, with rights to a good life equal to you, AND at the same time, you have literally NO desire to be truthful, loyal, fair, honest, or any of the things we normally see as good qualities. Now, layer on top of this that through your past schemes, you have amassed a LOT of money, have a job as a CEO, dentist, surgeon, lawyer, professions that carry a lot of prestige with them, and you have a high IQ. You see other people as only things to use to get what you want. You literally have no concern for others…it’s all about yourself…period.
These people are also often, at heart, cowards…because remember, loyalty to them is a foolish idea…they only think about themselves and of course, protecting themselves is the main thing, so naturally, they have no reason to be courageous…because they would not really care enough about anyone to put their own safety at risk to help someone else.
They have almost an insane fear of being caught and punished for what they do.
Now, look at what Walter James Palmer does when he becomes aware he WILL get caught. Does he man up and come in himself ? No, he gets a “representative” to do it. Also, soon after his identity was released, not only did he close the practice, but he hired a Public Relations firm (not cheap) instead of coming out publicly and admitting what he did.
But, Palmer is so sleazy, such bad news that J Austin and Associates bailed on being his PR contacts after just one day.
People like Palmer will (and do) throw everybody under the bus. He will blame his guide and everyone else before he will take blame for what he did, regardless of the facts.
Given the way this is headed, we can expect Palmer to try to get some intermediary to bribe whomever he can to get his ass out of this without having to “face the music”. We have to wonder given his past crimes, his sexual harassment of his patient and employee, why does he still have a professional license? How many felonies must he accrue, how many women must he abuse, how many poor creatures does he have to slaughter needlessly, to get the Minnesota Board of Dentistry to even do a slap on the wrist like suspension of his license.
Palmer has an array of things he uses to get his way OR to get away from punishment, strategies he has honed over a lifetime. He tries to use a charming manner to get by, and if that doesn’t work, he uses his IQ, and if that doesn’t work, he pulls out the checkbook…and whenever possible, hire someone else to do it for you.
Right now is a crucial time. US Authorities and Zimbabwe authorities MUST let him know, the jig is up…time for you to pay for a lifetime of being a psychopath and thinking you can do anything to anyone and get away with it. He murdered in a cowardly fashion, a beloved icon of a whole company. He MUST pay, not with money, but with years of his life (or his own life would be better).
Both the USA and Zimbabwe have legitimate interests in seeing he is prosecuted, as he stands as a symbol for poaching internationally. If he gets hammered hard with prison time (or even worse) it will send out a much needed signal to poachers worldwide. Slaughter of innocent animals will bring a world of hurt to you…may put you in a hellish prison for life, or at least, decades. Poachers and the illegal trade of animal parts are watching this case closely to see what could happen to THEM if they get caught. A seriously hard punishment will be a wakeup call that the world is sick of their horrible, monstrous crimes, and the world has decided to kick ass finally.
That of course is the macrocosmic effect, and very serious. But, jumping back to the microscosm, back to this slimy asshole Walter James Palmer, the people of the world are enraged over the nature of this crime AND enraged that one of the one percenters (perhaps using it loosely since I dont know how rich he is) things he can slaughter innocent animals in exchange for fifty thousand dollars, no matter how many people love that animal, and no matter if he is an icon of an entire country.
We MUST demand…not “ask” but DEMAND this jerk really get punished and the punishment fit the crime.
Don’t let either the USA officials NOR the officials in Zimbabwe, let this criminal off easy…the implications involve many animals worldwide, animals that deserve our protection.
Thanks for reading.