America’s Sniper: Chris Kyle Murdered. WHY?

© Miri WTPOTUS February 04, 2013

Iraqi Freedom

The murders of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield this past weekend raise many unanswered questions.  The facts: [emphasis added]

From his perch in hide-outs above battle-scarred Iraq, Chris Kyle earned a reputation as one of America’s deadliest military snipers. The Pentagon said his skills with a rifle so terrorized Iraqi insurgents during his four tours of duty that they nicknamed him the “Devil of Ramadi” and put a bounty on his head.

The insurgents never collected, and he returned home to become a best-selling author and a mentor to other veterans, sometimes taking them shooting at a gun range near his Texas home as a kind of therapy to salve battlefield scars, friends said. One such veteran was Eddie Ray Routh, a 25-year-old Marine who had served tours in Iraq and Haiti.

But on Saturday, far from a war zone, Mr. Routh turned on Mr. Kyle, 38, and a second man, Chad Littlefield, 35, shortly after they arrived at an exclusive shooting range near Glen Rose, Tex., about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth, law enforcement authorities said Sunday. The officials said that for reasons that were still unclear, Mr. Routh shot and killed both men with a semiautomatic handgun before fleeing in a pickup truck belonging to Mr. Kyle. …

Mr. Routh was captured a few hours later near his home in Lancaster, a southern Dallas suburb, following a brief pursuit. He will be charged with two counts of capital murder, law enforcement officials said.

About that excerpt, two observations: First, it’s unconfirmed that Routh suffers from PTSD, despite the widespread reports.  Second, the reporter “forgot” to write “allegedly”, as in: “Routh allegedly turned on Mr. Kyle.”  Has presumption of innocence gone by the wayside?  No charges yet. No motive. No “allegedly.”

Both victims were married with children.  This story has more facts from law enforcement:

Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said Kyle, Littlefield and the suspect, Eddie Routh, arrived at the shooting range at Rough Creek about 3:15 p.m. Saturday. He said he believed it was the first time the three had gone target practicing together.

Less than two hours later, a hunting guide found the deceased victims and called 911.

Bryant said both of the men were shot more than once at close range with a semi-automatic handgun, which was recovered Saturday night at Routh’s residence in Lancaster. Authorities said they have no motive for what might have prompted the killings.

Routh, who fled the scene in Kyle’s truck, was taken into custody after the tires were spiked while he was trying to flee police about 9 p.m. Saturday in Lancaster. …

Routh, 25, is an unemployed former Marine who reportedly served in Iraq and Afghanistan. …

Littlefield was a fellow veteran and friend of Kyle’s.

His wife Leanne Littlefield is an assistant principal at Walnut Grove Middle School.

More about the suspect:

Pentagon records show that Mr. Routh is currently a member of the Marine Reserves. He was an expert marksman and Marine corporal who had earned several medals, including a Marine good-conduct medal. He served in Iraq from September 2007 to March 2008, Pentagon officials said, and was currently listed as “individual ready reserve,” meaning he could be called back to active duty.

Sheriff’s investigators said Mr. Routh was unemployed and since leaving active military duty had at least one arrest on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Routh allegedly confessed:

“There were no witnesses. No one heard any type of an argument,” Bryant said.

At 5 p.m., a hunting guide discovered two men near the range who appeared to have been shot. The guide called 911.

By then, Routh had driven away from the resort in Kyle’s black Ford pickup, which he drove to Midlothian.

“He stopped and told his sister and brother-in-law what had happened,” Bryant said. “He left Midlothian and drove to his home in Lancaster. They [his sister and brother-in-law] notified authorities.”

Authorities located Routh at his Lancaster home about 8 p.m. Saturday.

“He made his way to a vehicle and drove away,” said DPS trooper Lonny Haschel. “That started a pursuit.”

Just before 9 p.m. Saturday, authorities used spikes on Interstate 35E and Camp Wisdom Road, where they disabled the vehicle Routh was driving. He was arrested without incident, police said.

The suspect is on suicide watch now, according to this article:

Sunday night Erath County Jailers had to get violent with the Chris Kyle murder suspect Eddie Ray Routh. That’s because he refused to give up his dinner tray to guards who came for it after the meal time was over, so they tasered him after he was aggressive. Now the sheriff in the small town is saying that the suspect had to be put on a suicide watch as well, and that he is receiving death threats.

Chris Kyle was being sued by former Governor Jesse Ventura, knew Sarah Palin and her family, and spoke out against gun control:

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura filed a lawsuit last year accusing Kyle of defaming him in the book by exaggerating his description of a fight between the two at the wake for SEAL Mikey Monsoor, who was killed in Iraq in 2006.

The book quoted Ventura, also a Navy veteran, as saying he “hates America” and telling Kyle, who was mourning the death of a SEAL teammate, “You deserve to lose a few.” Kyle described punching Ventura out at the Coronado, California, bar. …

“He was complaining about the war, that we shouldn’t be there,” Kyle testified. “Complaining about Bush, that, you know, Bush was a war criminal. How we were killing innocent men and women and children overseas.” …

His relationship with another politician was warmer. His company did some security work for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin … 

“Chris was a wonderful man, a good friend, and a true American hero who loved our country and served honorably. He was loved and admired by so many, and he will never be forgotten,” the Palins said in a statement Sunday. …

In a Guns.com interview at a gun dealers convention in Las Vegas last month, Kyle was asked about President Barack Obama’s gun control proposals, which he said he believed to be aimed at “trying to ban everything.”

Banning 30-round magazines for assault rifles would be “opening the door to start taking more of our rights,” he said.

Stars and Stripes described Kyle as politically incorrect:

Kyle’s autobiography was unapologetically politically incorrect: During one visit home between deployments, he got a tattoo of a crusader cross on his arm. “I wanted everyone to know I was a Christian,” Kyle wrote. “I had it put in in red, for blood. I hated the damn savages I’d been fighting. I always will. They’ve taken so much from me.”

Something says that Kyle would be a poor fit in today’s Navy; he left in 2009. A crusader cross tattoo in Obama’s Navy SEALS?

More will be written about Chris Kyle and Eddie Ray Routh in the coming days.  What was the motive for his murder? Why did Kyle and his friend go to the shooting range that day with Routh? What did Routh tell his sister? Did Routh’s mother reach out to Kyle for help with her son, as has been suggested?  Was Routh diagnosed with any mental condition?  If so, how was it that he was still capable of being called to active duty?  Was Routh on any mind-altering drugs, illegal or prescribed?  Did authorities test his blood?

Why do Routh’s alleged actions fit so perfectly with leftist memes floating around out there: military service unbalances our troops or makes them too “aggressive”; veterans are dangerous; veterans shouldn’t own guns; mentally ill people fall through the cracks on background checks; handguns are as dangerous as “assault weapons”; legally owned handguns are as dangerous to society as illegally owned guns, ad infinitum?

A “politically incorrect voice”, belonging to a well-known, well-admired American HERO, has been silenced at this critical time in the renewed gun control debate. His death will now serve to advance the arguments of the very people with whom he disagreed.  Rather convenient.

Many people in this world likely had, in their warped perspective, reason to wish for Kyle to be silenced:  associates of those he killed in the Middle East, chief among them.  Will anyone look for a connection between the people who called Kyle the “Devil of Ramadi” and Eddie Ray Routh?

Or will this be written off as just another case of a crazy veteran acting out? If Eddie Ray Routh killed these men, then WHY did he do it?

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USMC photo from Wikimedia, Christopher Kyle in Ramadi.

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14 responses to “America’s Sniper: Chris Kyle Murdered. WHY?

  1. This comment isn’t specific to the topic of Kyle’s murder, but it’s related to his association with Sarah Palin and the possibility that some in the leftist STATIST media would not welcome those two voices in opposition to Barry’s push for gun confiscation control:

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/02/msnbc-host-wayne-lapierres-stupid-arguments-something-sarah-palin-would-say-video/

    MSNBC Host: Wayne LaPierre’s ‘Stupid’ Arguments ‘Something Sarah Palin Would Say’

    Sarah Palin has been mostly silent during the latest national debate on guns but that doesn’t stop the left from hurling slurs at the former governor. On today’s Morning Joe, as Joe Scarborough railed against the allegedly “stupid” arguments NRA leader Wayne LaPierre made on Fox News Sunday yesterday, Mika Brzezinski muttered “something Sarah Palin would say.””

    Palin talks and when she does, people listen. I’m fascinated by the fact that the Palins knew Kyle and that Kyle was outspoken about Obama ultimately wanting to ban all guns.

  2. Just too strange that this happens in the midst of the “national discussion” we’re now having about the Second Amendment. Just like Sandy Hook happening just in the context of the UN weapons ban, and the Dems and state media pouncing as if it had all been arranged prior.
    It’s state terror in the furtherance of state tyranny. Exactly how they’re doing it we can try to surmise, but I think these and so many other events are not just random occurrences- they’re being orchestrated someway somehow.

    • Here’s a video you won’t see on the leftist, STATIST lamestream media, because it does NOT fit Barry’s meme. A father of a child at Sandy Hook (a survivor) testifies AGAINST gun control:

  3. This story on this Chris Kyle murder from Yahoo News that I’ve seen several times when logging in to my email:

    http://tinyurl.com/anoft42

    With the title- Records: Veteran had been taken to mental hospital

    All of the keywords are there: veteran, PTSD, mental hospital, shooting

    Just a little bit too neat, isn’t it? Mockingbird, as Lame Cherry would say.

    • Records: Veteran had been taken to mental hospital

      The Iraq War veteran charged with gunning down two men on a Texas shooting range — including a highly decorated former Navy SEAL sniper — had been taken to a mental hospital twice in recent months and told authorities he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to police records.

      After the shootings, Eddie Ray Routh, 25, also told his sister and brother-in-law he had “traded his soul for a new truck,” according to an Erath County arrest warrant affidavit obtained by WFAA-TV. Police said Routh was driving the truck of victim and ex-Navy SEAL author Chris Kyle at the time of his arrest. …

      Routh, a member of the Marines Corps Reserve, was first taken to a mental hospital Sept. 2 after he threatened to kill his family and himself, according to police records in Lancaster, where Routh lives. Authorities found Routh walking nearby with no shirt and no shoes, and smelling of alcohol. …

      Routh’s mother told police her son had been drinking and became upset when his father said he was going to sell his gun. She said Routh began arguing with them and said he was going to “blow his brains out.”

      Police took Routh to Green Oaks Hospital for psychiatric care.

      Dallas police records show Routh was taken back to the same mental hospital in mid-January after a woman called police and said she feared for Routh’s safety. …”

      So there you have it. Multiple opportunities to stop him. He ought never to have been released because there were credible witnesses who could testify that he was a DANGER to both himself AND TO OTHERS. Those are the criteria in MOST STATES for involuntarily committing a person. These men did not have to die. The guns did not kill them; Routh did, aided and abetted by those who KNEW he was a danger but did nothing.

  4. Comment 307 on this Free Republic page is an EXCELLENT summary of the suspicion that the target in Tucson was really Judge Roll and not Giffords: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2984764/posts?q=1&;page=301

  5. Now here’s a rather bizarre take on the Kyle/Littlefield murders:
    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/05/16855345-will-murder-of-ex-seal-chris-kyle-mar-veteran-job-market?lite

    Will murder of ex-SEAL Chris Kyle mar veteran job market?

    The weekend homicides of ex-Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and a friend in Texas have stoked fresh concerns among mental-health experts and veteran advocates that the crime’s PTSD theme will further stigmatize and dampen an already-soggy job market for men and women home from war.

    “What worries me about this story is it will frighten potential employers away from hiring veterans who have been in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Dr. Harry Croft, a San Antonio-based psychiatrist who has talked with more than 7,000 veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

    “The myth is all of them have PTSD — not true, only 20 percent. Another myth is that all of them who have a severe case of it — not true; it goes from very mild to severe. The third myth is that everybody with PTSD is aggressive, unreliable, or trouble in the workplace, and none of that is (true) either. It scares me,” Croft said. …”

    More at the link. I think it’s by design that the veterans are being stigmatized. Think about it: Who would be the greatest threat to a tyrant wannabe? Ex-military. No longer under government control, but able to train militia, right? Able to own guns and use them. Who stands between us and tyranny? Veterans and the militia. They (the leftists) know their history, when they want to know it.

    Who helped train Washington’s ragtag troops? Layfayette, Pulaski, Kosciusko, among others. This is why vets are being memed as crazed lunatics, “suffering” from PTSD. I’m not saying it’s not real, but it’s always been so and we haven’t seen any such repercussions after all the other major wars. The Greatest Generation didn’t come home to commit mass murder in the US. They will want to disarm them. That’s next.

  6. http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/In-911-call-sniper-murder-suspects-sister-terrified-her-brother-may-return-to-hurt-her-189894531.html

    In 911 call, sniper murder suspect’s sister ‘terrified’ her brother may return to hurt her

    In the moments after Eddie Routh allegedly told his sister that he gunned down Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and a second man Saturday, she called 911 in a panic after he left her home, saying she was horrified that he may return.

    “He told me that he’s committed a murder and I’m terrified for my life because I don’t know if he’s going to come back here,” she told the operator. …

    He said he killed two guys, they went out to a shooting range, he’s all crazy, he’s f––– psychotic,” his sister, Laura Blevins, told the dispatcher. …

    “He said he killed two guys at a shooting range, he took one of their trucks, like a dark blue or maybe black F-250,” he said.

    When questioned if Routh threatened the two, the husband replied,”I don’t perceive anything as a threat, but he was talking, kind of, babbled.”

    The dispatcher then asked if Routh had taken drugs or was drinking that day, to which Blevins’ husband said “He’s been known to drink in the past.”

    “He’s recently diagnosed with PTSD … he’s been acting a little weird from that,” the husband says, adding that he believes Routh had guns in the truck. …”

    Acting a little weird from what? Being diagnosed or being given DRUGS to “treat” it? This is the big question. He was a vet. Did he get treatment at or by the VA? He’s treated and suddenly, wham! Loughner, Holmes, Lanza, Routh. Any similarities?

  7. These are the kind of statements that will stigmatize all vets:
    http://www.ibtimes.com/american-sniper-chris-kyle-murder-suspect-tasered-suicide-watch-questions-remain-about-ptsd-1061018

    “The sherriff [sic] later said in a new conference, “They all went out there together in the same vehicle. The suspect may have been suffering from some kind of mental illness from being in the military.””

    Mental illness FROM BEING IN THE MILITARY. Again, the Greatest Generation saved this world from tyranny; they experienced countless horrors; and I don’t see that 20% of them came back to perpetrate such horrors here. In Viet Nam, troops fragged their officers; but at least there was some logic to it.

    Even so, if 20% of those returning from the Middle East have PTSD, that’s a hell of a lot of people and you don’t see them murdering people in cold blood.

    By running with this “PTSD” meme, the lamestream statist media are doing a disservice to all the troops and the vets. If you have mental illness coming out of the military, you probably had it going in.

    Maybe they ought to examine the screening process for accepting recruits. Maybe they ought to do psychiatric exams of all inductees to see if they’re prone to developing PTSD and screen out those with pre-existing mental illnesses. Do they do this now?

    IF our troops have PTSD on an epidemic scale, I suppose it’s not from making them sit over there, one hand tied behind their backs, sitting ducks for IEDs, is it? They don’t FIGHT over there. They sit and wait to be blown up, killed or dismembered. Whose fault is that?

  8. This is disappointing. Ron Paul’s tweets about Kyle’s murder:

    “Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.” Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t make sense.”

  9. Well, I would say Mr. Ron Paul has “shot himself in the foot”.

  10. http://patdollard.com/2013/02/sniper-killer-eddie-routh-confessedhe-couldnt-trust-themchrischad-so-he-killed-them-before-they-could-kill-him/

    Chris Kyle Killer Eddie Routh Confesses: “He Couldn’t Trust Them [Chris&Chad] So He Killed Them Before They Could Kill Him”

    Excerpted ABC News:

    A cellphone seized from the home of an Iraq War veteran accused of killing a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend may contain pictures of him with the victims before their deaths at a Texas shooting range, according to police documents released Thursday. …

    Police believe that after the two men were shot Saturday afternoon at Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose, Routh used the phone to call his sister before driving Kyle’s truck to her house. Routh told his sister and brother-in-law that the men “were out shooting target practice and he couldn’t trust them so he killed them before they could kill him,” according to a police search warrant affidavit. Routh later was arrested near his house in Lancaster.

    Routh’s attorney, R. Shay Isham, has said he will ask for a court-appointed psychiatrist to determine if Routh is competent to stand trial.

    His other court-appointed attorney, J. Warren St. John, said Routh was released from the Dallas Veterans Affairs hospital against his family’s wishes just two days before the shootings.

    In September, Routh had been transported to a psychiatric hospital after he threatened to kill himself and his family, and he later told officers that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, Lancaster police records show. …”

    So the VA KNEW that Routh was a threat to himself and his family, but they released him, against his family’s wishes, and two days later he killed two men. The writer says that Routh had “drug paraphernalia” on him when he was arrested. What drugs was he on, prescribed or unprescribed?

  11. Michelle Obama went to Chicago to the funeral of the girl who was killed by gang violence recently–Hadiya Pendleton, who had a connection to Barry only because she performed at his inauguration and was shot near his (alleged) house in Chicago. However, YESTERDAY was buried Chris Kyle who was an American hero who saved untold numbers of lives in the course of his career as a sniper for the good guys. Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, another veteran, died from “gun violence”, killed by another veteran who was KNOWN to be a threat to himself and others but was nevertheless inexplicably released by the VA from a mental ward just two days before these murders.

    To date, NO MENTION of their deaths by their POtuS, the commander in chief. A definite connection there.

    Neither Obama nor his wife attended the funerals or the memorial service on Sunday, although SARAH PALIN did attend that service, as did thousands of others.

    One wonders if the Obamas are “heartbroken” over the loss of these patriots.

    One wonders if the Obamas even called their families to express condolences. Were their families invited to the [we wish you'd] STFU (aka SOTU) speech yesterday? (Pendleton’s family were invited.)

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