Vol. 7, No. 3, 2001 Page 6


For some killers, such as school shooter Kip Kinkel, what's not there may be just as significant as what is. Scans of Kinkel's brain show that the part responsible for checking unwise impulses appears to be quieter than normal.

'You could see actual holes in the activity level in that region of brain [the prefrontal cortex],' says Dr. Richard Konkel, chief of pediatric neurology at Kaiser Permanente Northwest."
ABCNEWS.com reporter Kenneth
Chang, interviewing Dr, Konkel, who also
reported finding temporal lobe abnormalities
on Kinkel's scans. Kinkel murdered his parents and two of his
classmates in 1998.

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