The lonely man at the heart of mass killings

Beyond politics, social isolation is costing lives through mass murder as well as suicide.

There's always a pile of bodies at these massacre sites. Whether it's at a synagogue, church, nightclub or school, there's always an assault weapon, or a bunch of them. There's always a group of survivors clutching each other, weeping in little clumps outside.

And there's always one other thing. A lonely man.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2018, with the headline 'The lonely man at the heart of mass killings'. Print Edition | Subscribe