A 2007 videotaped police interview with convicted rapist and serial killer Paul Bernardo has been released to the media for public viewing. In the interview, Bernardo claims that he is no longer a threat to society and that his actions were due to his sexual performance anxiety.
This is not the first case where the acts of a killer have been blamed on variations on a theme of social anxiety disorder (SAD). Remember the Virginia Tech Shooter? Much of the blame for his actions was centered around his social phobia and selective mutism. Unfortunately, there is a piece of the puzzle here that just does not fit. Violent behavior is not in any way part and parcel of SAD. Paul Bernardo, and those who will consider his parole release in the future, need to think long and hard about the real causes of his actions.
Personal Photo: The Bernardo's Wedding Day