lone wolf terrorist profile

Lone Wolf Terrorist Profile

Shortly before their spree killings lone wolf rampage shooters Elliott Roberts and Paul Ciancia both telephoned their families and informed them that they were going to commit violence and/or suicide. In each case the local authorities were notified by the families as soon as possible and in both cases the police unfortunately arrived just a few minutes too late to prevent the murders. Fortunately, Roberts and Ciancia helped authorities to develop a Lone Wolf terrorist profile.

Newly emerging background factors have been used to attempt to create the American lone wolf terrorist profile.  Although the nomenclature is debatable, should they be branded as lone wolves or deranged criminals, the term lone wolf terrorism has been adopted and used as a book title and key word.  The death wish and suicide-by-cop element factor is a community mental health issue. People tried to reach out to Elliot Roger but he was already too emotionally damaged.

Screenwriter Dale Launer, who was a friend of the Rodger family, stated that he had counseled Rodger on approaching and befriending women, but that Rodger did not follow the advice. He said in an interview, “I first met [Rodger] when he was aged eight or nine and I could see then that there was something wrong with him. I’m not a psychologist, but looking back now he strikes me as someone who was broken from the moment of conception.”[76]

Working Model:

American Lone Wolf Terrorist Profile

Evidence indicates that most lone wolf killers are:

Unemployed,
Single white males,
With a criminal record.

Compared to members of organized terrorist groups, lone wolves are older, less educated and more prone to mental illness.

When compared to members of al-Qaeda, American lone wolf terrorists are more likely to be unmoored from society. The findings imply that lone wolf terrorism is caused by relative deprivation. In their social exclusion, lone individuals feel deprived of what they perceive as values to which they are entitled, and form grievances against the government responsible for their unemployment, discrimination and injustices. Their violence is a deviant adaptation to this gap between means and goals. One reason for this relatively high level of alienation is that more than half of the lone wolves embraced right-wing or anti-government ideologies. Nationalistic movements—such as American white supremacy movements—have tended to produce terrorists from the lower classes, while religious terrorists like al-Qaeda come from all classes. American lone wolf terrorists are generally self radicalized through online social networks, the civilian workplace, and mass media.

Source: Lone Wolf Terrorism in America: Using Knowledge of Radicalization Pathways to Forge Prevention Strategies