Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2503:
Fort Hood Shooter and his Tell-Tale Body Language
Common to many Mass-Killers -
Nidal Malik Hasan gets the Death Penalty

Today Nidal Malik Hasan was sentenced to death in the worst mass murder on a military instillation in U.S. History. In 2009 in a murderous rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, the army physician shot and killed 13 while wounding 32 others.

In the image above (and magnified in the first photo below) the psychiatrist is shown in what is a facial expression strongly consistent with significant psychological disorders. Indeed this and its variations are common nonverbal signals seen in shooting spree killers and on the face of serial murderers. This is not to say that all who display such a face will commit an act of violence nor that all killers have this or similar facial expression - however this characteristic facial expression should never be ignored.

Note that both of his eyes are opened much wider than normal baseline. While there are medical conditions (such as thyroid eye disease and craniofacial abnormalities) which can lead to this "eyes white and wide" appearance, they are relatively easily diagnosed. In the presence of a negative medical work up, and when this nonverbal is seen chronically (we all display this body language on occasion) sociopathic and psychopathic disorders should be ruled out. Unfortunately this facial expression and its potential ramifications go widely under-appreciated and rarely acted upon.

If you know someone who chronically displays this body language-facial expression cluster, steer clear of them.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2313:  Elisa Lam Video in Elevator at Cecil Hotel - What Her Body Language Tells Us ...

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2259:  Game Show Killer Rodney Alcala Gets Two More Sentences - His Body Language Warning Signs 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2346:  Texas Shootout & Colorado Killer Suspect Evan Ebel -  Body Language of a Determined Emotional Mindset

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2492:  Jared Remy Arrested for Murder of His Girlfriend -  Three Jaw Signals in a Cluster,  Thee Body Language Meanings

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2456:  Julia Merfeld Trys to Hire a Hit Man to Kill Her Husband -  Sexual Attraction and a Murderous Wife; Body Language and Disinhibition

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2477:  Ariel Castro, "I am not a monster", Trying to Convince Us .... Body Language of a Psychopath

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2410:  Grant Acord, Oregon Student Suspect in School Bomb Plot -  Body Language Warning Signals

Detail of Nidal Malik Hasan from above image

Adam Lanza, Killer of 20 children and 6 adults in at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December of 2012

James Holmes, mass shooter in Theater in Aurora, Colorado in June 2012

Jared Loughner, Mass shooter in Tucson, Arizona in January 2011, killing 6 and wounding 14 including then U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

Marshall Applewhite, religious cult leader who orchestrated a mass-suicide of 39 people in 1997

Ted Bundy, Mass murder of at least 30 people in the 1970s