Update: 2/24: Eddie Ray Routh was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Eddie Ray Routh killed Chris Kyle, the American sniper, and his neighbor, Chad Littlefield at the Rough Creek Lodge near Stephenville in Texas February 2, 2013. He shot Kyle in the back and in the back of the head in a markedly cowardly fashion. He shot Chad Littlefield in the face. Both Kyle and Littlefield suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Littlefield showed signs of having tried to claw his way to freedom.
It was an execution.
Kyle was trying to help Eddie Ray at his mothers’ request. She never mentioned to Chris Kyle that on two separate occasions shortly before, Routh said he was going to kill his entire family and himself.
After he murdered both men, Routh took off in Kyle’s big new SUV.
An insanity plea has been put in on Routh’s behalf for the double murder but he knew enough to flee, tell his sister what he did, and then attempt to escape.
In September, 2007, Eddie Ray Routh deployed to Iraq, where he was stationed at Balad Air Base, fifty-five miles north of Baghdad.
A New Yorker article claimed Roth witnessed several mortar attacks on the base.
Most of the time, he guarded prisoners and he did not see combat. Routh told his father that he found some of the jail’s rules too harsh, noting that prisoners received only three squares of toilet paper a day. Balad contained at least one “black” prison, according to a 2009 Times article.
Walid Shoebat would like to see his time with prisoners examined. Was he sympathetic enough with them to have sought revenge?
Walid Shoebat thinks the beard has significance though no evidence came out at trial that it was the case.
Early one morning, Routh called his father from Iraq claiming he had been out on a patrol. He was upset. His father recalled, “Eddie said to me, ‘How would you feel if I killed a kid?’ It was a suggestion that went unexplained.
Routh was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and then to Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. He was troubled by and unprepared for the ‘baby bodies’ he said he had to pick up.
Later evidence showed he never left the ship.
Routh received 10 medals during his service, including recognition for good conduct and humanitarian service.
Routh’s problems didn’t begin with the army. He was troubled as a youth, did poorly in school and had taken to drinking though his parents say he came back from Iraq a different person – a shell of who he was.
Unconfirmed reports claim that one doctor diagnosed Eddie Ray Routh with PTSD. Others said he had a personality disorder and still another said he was Schizophrenic.
The Warfighter Foundation discounted claims that he suffered from PTSD at all on their Facebook page. The Foundation is a charity. They describe themselves as ‘Empowering combat veterans and their families through physical, emotional, and mental rehabilitation.’
They investigated and came to the conclusion that it wasn’t PTSD that caused him to murder two veterans because he never saw combat and in Haiti, he never left the ship.
This is from the Facebook page:
Okay, time to put an end to this whole discussion that Eddie Routh suffered from PTSD. For those of you who do not know, Eddie Routh is the murderer of US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
Eddie Routh served one tour in Iraq in 2007, at Balad Air Base (the 2nd largest U.S. installation in Iraq), with no significant events. No combat experience. Let me say that again, he NEVER SAW COMBAT or any aspect of traumatic events associated with a combat deployment (i.e. incoming mortar or rocket fire). He never left the base, EVER.
He held a non-combat arms occupation of 2111 (Small Arms Repairer/ Technician or more commonly referred to as an Armorer). Balad Air Base had a Pizza Hut, 24 hour Buger King, Subway, Popeye’s, Baskin Robbins, movie theater, and even a miniature golf course. It even had a strictly enforced 10 mile per hour speed limit! What a dangerous place…
His tour was comparable to being on a base in southern California, only with MANY more luxuries that were catered to the morale and welfare of the troops who occupied it. He was known to be a drug user and a below average performer while in the Marine Corps.
This has NOTHING to do with PTSD. He was an individual with psychological problems that were not associated with his service. So don’t give me that bleeding heart bullshit that he was a veteran suffering from PTSD.
He was a piece of shit, end of story.
Routh never EVER left the base and had a cushy tour of duty.
The Warfighter Foundation obtained Routh’s history via FOIA requests.
In January 2012 the Cleburne Times-Review reported that Routh was arrested in Johnson county on a DWI charge.
According to police records, Routh had been hospitalized twice in the four months prior to the murders for threatening to kill himself and his family. Allegedly, one doctor at the hospital diagnosed him with PTSD.
His mother, who knew Kyle, asked him to help her son. That is what Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield were trying to do at the shooting range that day, unaware that he had homicidal tendencies.
A leaked police affidavit says Routh admitted: “the Iraq War veteran charged with killing a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend on a Texas shooting range told a relative that he “traded his soul for a new truck.”
The leftist meme is that war destroys men and Chris Kyle got what he deserved for playing therapist at a gun range. The truth is that Eddie Ray Routh was likely a disturbed man prior to entering the service. He claimed to be suffering from PTSD but never saw combat. Don’t be surprised if another diagnosis comes out during the trial.
Routh might have wanted Kyle’s truck. He said he sold his soul for it. That type of irrational thinking is not caused by PTSD.
PTSD does not make people kill.
At Chris Kyle’s last interview, he said, “I would love for people to be able to – when they think of me – think ‘Here’s a guy who stood up for what he believed in and helped make a difference for the vets.”
He did and he still is.