Chris Kyle's Widow Tells Glenn Beck She Doesn't Believe Her Husband's Alleged Killer Suffered From PTSD

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Right now, Eddie Ray Routh is sitting in jail in Erath County, where he has been since February, when he was accused of shooting and killing former sniper Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a Glen Rose gun range. A recent New Yorker profile of Kyle outlined Routh's long history of mental illness, his violent bouts of paranoia and threat-making, and his numerous, ineffective stays at both the Dallas VA and Green Oaks Hospital. It also detailed how Routh and Kyle met: Routh's mother, Jodi, a special-education aide, approached Kyle, a former Navy SEAL, as he was dropping his children off at school. Her son was a former Marine with PTSD, she told Kyle. Could he help?

The details of the case that have become public so far are disturbing: Routh fled the scene in Kyle's big black pickup. He drove to his sister's house, where he told her and her husband that he'd "traded his soul for a new truck." Then he drove away, trying to make it to Oklahoma. He didn't get far.

Now, as Routh sits in jail -- he has yet to be indicted in the 90 days since his arrest, as Texas law requires -- Chris Kyle's widow, Taya, has been discussing Kyle's life and the case in various media outlets. On Thursday, appearing on Glenn Beck's radio show, she told Beck that she doesn't believe PTSD was to blame for Kyle's death.

Taya Kyle has resisted any impulses to make her husband's death into a debate about mental illness or a call for stricter gun control. In a recent interview with Guns.com, she said, in part, "I think we have to be careful about what the media is feeding us on this issue. The media has a tendency to over-dramatize certain tragic but very rare events. It skews our perception. The truth is humans have been committing evil against each other from day one. The reality also is that guns are used to protect and save lives every day. They are also used to put organic food on our tables every day. It's just not reported."

In her interview with Beck, she reiterated that she didn't believe mental illness or guns were to blame for Routh's alleged actions. "Over the weekend, you gave an interview where you said there was a lot more involved than post-traumatic stress syndrome in your husband's killing," Beck said. "Do you care to go into that at all?"

Kyle replied that she wasn't able to discuss the case in much detail before the trial. That being said, she added, "Personally, I've never had it confirmed that this guy had PTSD. That's the first thing that really bothers me. I know people want to find a reason why one young man would turn his gun on two people that were there to help, and kill them in cold blood. But in my opinion, the reason is not PTSD."

Kyle added that she knows a large number of people who "have PTSD legitimately. But they don't use it as an excuse ... It doesn't change their character. They just deal with their own internal struggles. They may have mood swings. They may have sleepless nights. But they don't kill innocent people. You can't blame murder on PTSD, in my opinion and from everything I've learned about it ... I think it will become very, very clear that this is not a case of PTSD, and we do not need to give a scarlet letter to people who legitimately have it. It doesn't make them murderers."

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Ryancccc
Ryancccc

Bvckvs your a ignorant piece of sh**. Too bad it wasn't you instead of those heroes at the range that day.

americanhero
americanhero

I'm sorry but Chris Kyle was a true American Hero !  Those who believe he wasn't, where would you be without men like him, defending this country and sacrificing so you could have you're very freedom to talk your trash comments.  Shame on those who don't support troops or what America stands for.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

It's true, people who get legitimate help for PTSD don't normally go on killing sprees. 
Something else has to trigger such an event.
In this case, the trigger was when his unlicensed PTSD counselor handed him an assault rifle, instead of a handful of antidepressants.

She should count herself lucky that the kid hasn't sued his estate for putting him in that position.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

"Over the weekend, you gave an interview where you said there was a lot more involved than post-traumatic stress syndrome in your husband's killing," Beck said. "Do you care to go into that at all?"

Ah. The cue-up for one of those Glennbeckian conspiracy theories. How long before he drops it on us?

lwildenhaus
lwildenhaus

I work in the field of Mental Health, PTSD is not an excuse for murder, it does not cause you to lose the inability to know the difference between right and wrong, which is what is important in the court of law. It is treatable and it is a terrible side effect of trauma. So many suffer in silence from PTSD but Chris and many of his fellow soldiers did great work with other veterans who returned home and who suffered with true PTSD as well as physical injuries. What happened to Chris and Chad was murder in cold blood. Routh himself said in his own words he traded his soul for a new truck. He admitted his guilt to his sister at the time of the murder, he was in his right mind, he knew exactly what he had done. He deserves the right to a QUICK and fair trial and then given the death penalty. 

Chris, Chad and many other of their fellow brothers have given so much back to other veterans with their various charities and associations to help heal the physical and emotional wounds of combat. You are all heroes. 

Taya and has been through so much, first with all of Chris' deployments, then his death and now the idiot Jesse Ventura's ridiculous law suit and now she will have to sit through the trial of the coward who killed her husband and took him away from his family much too early. 

Chris was a true hero, a great American and he deserves to be recognized for what he gave to his Country. Everything. 

E.R. Routh, I hope you rot in hell.

Kaya, I wish you and your family eventual peace. Your strength is amazing and inspirational. 

Idontlivindallas
Idontlivindallas

There's no telling what's going through her mind. I feel sorry for her and her children. I also feel sorry for Mr. Routh. Politics aside, Chris Kyle completed some of the most valiant tasks the US military has ever seen. Every person that signed up and went to combat deserves something better. That's including every soldier that has PTSD and the ones who came out with a completely sound mind. I doubt there's many in the latter category, but I couldn't know for sure. RIP Chris Kyle. You're a true american hero. You fought for things dear to our character. And above all, You're a true Texas hero. May God bless all of us, especially in this day and time of trouble in our country. And may God bless everyone involved in this particular matter.

bifftannen
bifftannen

In other words, she works for the VA? They, nor the Army know anything about PTSD. You're just being a pussy, man up! and bear it! Bootstraps!

animas
animas

I am not sure why anyone would give Glenn Beck the time of day.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@americanhero

1.  He wasn't defending this country, he was attacking another country.

2.  Without men with him, we'd be in the same location we are now.

The mistake you are making here is in substituting emotion for reason. 

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

@americanhero shame on those who support what it does stand for...limit of freedoms, racism, illegal wars, setting up brutal dictatorships in third world countries, spying on its citizens, genocide of the NA aboriginals (Indians), slavery, segregation, chinese labor, a justice system weighed heavily to the rich. etc etc.. Now is america the worst hell no, North Koreas got us beat but were headed in that direction

vanshd
vanshd

He never claimed to be a PTSD counselor, licensed or otherwise, just someone who had been through some of the same trauma and wanted to help. Which is more than most of his critics can say.

bobbear2
bobbear2

@lwildenhaus So as the story unveils, it seems your hero was a liar on more then one occasion! 

bobbear2
bobbear2

@lwildenhaus Your comments about ptsd shows you are either a liar, and know nothing about it, or you are a very dangerous ignorant person to be working in this field!

There are plenty of incidents where ptsd has caused violence! 

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@lwildenhaus 

There was nothing noble about Chris Kyle.

- He bragged about his body count - something NO legitimate soldier does.
- He held himself out as a PTSD counselor - even though he had no training and was not licensed.
- His counseling style was so brutal - it drove his patient to homicide.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@Idontlivindallas 

You may or may not his battlefield work as a sniper - but "valiant" does not describe what it takes to shoot someone from a quarter-mile away.

Americano
Americano

@animas  

Because some people agree with him, and they have a right to their own opinion?

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@animas Probably because Beck hasn't got a clue.

vanshd
vanshd

I notice you focused on every negative you could possibly think of without mentioning one single positive. That's the sign of someone who has an agenda and is biased, not someone who wants rational discussion.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@vanshd

He should have told his killer's mom that - when she contacted him about providing counseling to her son.  He should have said, "Hey, lady - I'm no PTSD counselor.  I've got no training and know nothing about psychology.  All I can do is give him a gun and tell him to shoot it until he feels better.".
Unfortunately, he was too arrogant to be so humble - and that arrogance got him killed.

vanshd
vanshd

And you know all of this because? I've known plenty who talk about it, some in a somber mood, some joking and with dark humor. As an ex-cop we did the same thing. Beats the hell out of eating your gun. How people handle it is up to them. However, I will say you have no idea what you're talking about.

sfctomassevchenko
sfctomassevchenko

Really and what makes you an expert on PTSD. Only someone whose been in combat knows what another combat soldier goes. But as kyle would probably say your just a child who has no clue and I shouldn't waste my time on you

excitiation
excitiation

@bvckvs @lwildenhaus You must not of read his book. He never bragged, nor acted as formal counselor any more than you holding yourself out as formal friend. 

I can't tell if your statement "His counseling style was so brutal it drove his patient to homicide." is a joke or not. If not, remove yourself from practice immediately if you are a licensed counselor. You would be incompetent and likely seeing yourself as not responsible for your counseling, just as your patients their actions.

vanshd
vanshd

Get your ass in a fire fight with people shooting at you and firing RPG's at you while you're taking those long shots and, by the way, saving countless lives, and you'll soon see just how valiant it is. Have you ever been shot at? Have you ever even had a gun pointed at you by someone whose sole intent was to kill you? I have. I'll take killing them from 800 yards away any day.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@Americano Nobody's questioning their rght to their opinion. Their wisdom, maybe.

bobbear2
bobbear2

@vanshd Both of the comments, one positive, one negative posted all one way, so it may be vanshd you are only seeing it one way also!

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@vanshd

That wasn't compassion.  That was arrogance.

In his book and in interviews, he bragged about how many people he killed, and how it didn't bother him one bit.  Compassionate people don't do that.

vanshd
vanshd

No he didn't tell her that. Being a compassionate human being he said I'll try and help. You, of course, wouldn't know anything about that. I wonder if you've ever put yourself out there for anyone or do you just second guess those who have given more than you'll give? But we all know the answer to that one.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@vanshd

A better question is - with all the media coverage and the book Kyle wrote, why do you NOT know?

vanshd
vanshd

If it were in battle and for what you believed in that's not a bad way to go but to die by the hand of someone you're trying to help? Not so much. That said, there is a reason for everything.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@sfctomassevchenko 

That's quite an outburst.  But it doesn't matter what you think the dead guy would have said.

What matters is that he died the way he lived... by the sword. 

vanshd
vanshd

You're missing a very important point here. You're replying to a virulent far left, anti-military liberal. Go back and read his previous posts, he's not objective and not reasoned. The best we can now do, and I will from now on, is to ignore him.

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

@excitiation @bvckvs @lwildenhaus writing a book about your military exploits constitutes bragging..not saying its right or wrong...but its alot different then going and working at an inurance company

Americano
Americano

@bmarvel @animas 

animas asked a question, I answered.  As for wisdom, that is in the eye of the beholder.

vanshd
vanshd

Not at all, I simply made an honest observation based on the facts.

vanshd
vanshd

Killing people who are trying to kill you, kill your comrades, or destroy your country deserve not one seconds remorse. These are the same people who behead non-believers, bury women and stone them to death and have children act as suicide bombers. Nope, I don't think twice about piling them twelve feet high. The more of them that are killed the fewer good people will be slaughtered.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@vanshd 

re:  "I don't think..."

Truer words were never spoken.

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