I remember when I heard that a couple of people had been killed over at upscale Rough Creek Lodge on the far western edge of Somervell County.Over the next few days, I heard it was a sniper who had taken a man with PTSD out to a gun range and was killed, along with one of his friends. Since Rough Creek is a fancy resort, why had Chris Kyle been THERE? D Magazine
The idea was to market Kyle’s skills. He could help train troops (a lot of military training is done by third-party contractors), and police officers, and wealthy businessmen who would pay top dollar for hands-on instruction from an elite warrior like Chris Kyle. He could take people out to Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose, a luxury resort with an extended shooting range. It’s the same place he would take buddies and wounded vets when they were feeling down and needed to unwind.
So you have wealthy businessmen who wanted to pretend they too were snipers systematically killing people.
But why did he take out Eddie Routh, who clearly had some severe mental issues and how the heck did Routh's mom know to get hold of Kyle?
Jodi Rough, a teacher's aide at anelementary school close to Kyle’s home, had a son, a former Marine, who needed help. She reached out to Kyle because she knew his history of caring for veterans. Kyle told people he and his friend, Chad Littlefield, were going to take the kid out to blow off some steam.
Routh lived in Lancaster.
He was a stringy, scraggly 25-year-old. He’d spent four years in the Marines but in the last few months had twice been hospitalized for mental illness. His family worried that he was suicidal. They hoped time with a war hero, a legend like Chris Kyle, might help.
WHY IS THAT? Why does ANYONE think that someone with mental illness after coming back from military service should go hang out with a sniper? It isn't like Chris Kyle was some kind of paid psychologist.
It's not clear that's what Kyle was trying to do by taking a fellow veteran to the shooting range — and any sort of therapy is meant to be done with a doctor's supervision.
Instead, this mother, who clearly had poor judgement, asks Kyle while he's dropping off his kids at the school.
Jodi Routh was an aide at the same Midlothian, Texas, elementary school that Chris Kyle's children attended. Kyle, of course, wrote "American Sniper," the basis for the blockbuster Clint Eastwood film, and she had heard that The New York Times best-selling author worked with fellow veterans having a hard time adjusting to life back home.
"She approached Chris Kyle as he was dropping off his children and asked him if he would help her son. At that point, she had been trying to get (her son) care at the VA, and he was only getting worse,"
Why'd she say that?
Weeks before the shooting, doctors at Green Oaks Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Dallas, had advised that Mr. Routh was likely to cause serious harm to himself or to others, Mr. Moore said. He was transferred to the Dallas V.A. Medical Center, where doctors released him days later over the objections of his mother, Mr. Moore said.
So this mom KNEW that her son had mental issues, and hadn't wanted him released from the Dallas VA. What was Kyle's response to this mom?
"At the end of the conversation, (Kyle) said, 'I'm going to do everything I can to help your son.' She actually cried at that point because it was the first time in over a year that anyone had said that," Beil told CNN.
But REALLY? Chris Kyle is NOT A PSYCHOLOGIST. Since we know from yesterday's trial that when he was driving Eddie Routh to Rough Creek Lodge, he and his pal were texting that Routh was *nuts*, why in the fool did he even step forward to do this in the first place? To me, it's a case of snake oil salesmanship by a man who had an ego problem. Also
But as he drove, Mr. Kyle sent a text to Mr. Littlefield, who sat in the passenger seat beside him.
“This dude is straight-up nuts,” Mr. Kyle wrote.
Mr. Littlefield texted back, “I’m right behind you, watch my six,” using the military jargon for “watch my back.”
Did Routh know they were texting each other? Presumably he was sitting in the back seat. If so, couldn't that have increased his paranoia?
Chris Kyle told a lot of stories that weren't true. I read another story where the baloney one about killing a couple of guy's at a gas station is thought to have taken place in Cleburne or perhaps somewhere else along Hwy 67. If the story were true, then what makes Chris Kyle any different than a serial killer? However, I don't believe that story.
The question becomes…why isn't the media up in arms over Chris bullshitting them? Remember when Oprah had a conniption when she discovered author James Frey had lied to her about his book A Million Little Pieces? Why aren't the media directing their venom at Chris Kyle for having lied to make himself out to be more than he was, rather than attacking Jesse Ventura? The answer, of course, is that the media is in the same business as Chris Kyle…the "giving people what they want" business.
P.S. Here's an irony. Kyle was using the Punisher skull on his Craft International logo. NOT A COPYRIGHT VIOLATION?
In court papers, lawyers for Taya Kyle said that Craft International LLCcontinues to use the name of her dead husband—who claimed to be the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history—without her permission. Ms. Kyle said that she and her children “have the right to control the use of Chris Kyle’s name, likeness and image” after he was killed on Feb. 2, 2013, on a Texas gun range.
And using the Punisher skull was okay? Also, Craft International came back with
Craft International executives said in court papers that Mr. Kyle, prior to his death, intentionally limited the power of members’ spouses in governing documents because of “his belief that divorce was a very real possibility” for his own marriage.
Looks like that legal controversy is still going on
Taya Kyle has not had a quiet time the past two years. She lost a defamation lawsuit by Jesse Ventura over disparaging comments that Chris' book said Ventura made about Navy SEALs. She has also been embroiled in legal battles with some owners of Craft International, the now-bankrupt law-enforcement training firm Chris founded.