Sniper Suspect Had 2 Stays in Mental Hospital
After shootings, Routh said he 'traded his soul for a new truck'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2013 3:58 AM CST
This photo provided by the Erath County Sheriff’s Office shows Eddie Ray Routh.    (AP Photo/ Erath County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Eddie Ray Routh was taken to a mental hospital twice in the five months before he was accused in the murder of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and a friend, according to police records seen by the AP. The 25-year-old Iraq veteran was first hospitalized after threatening to kill his family and himself last September, police records state. Authorities found him wandering with no shirt or shoes, smelling of alcohol. He told officers he was a veteran who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. He was returned to a mental hospital in mid-January after a woman told police she was worried for his safety.

Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield were trying to help Routh with his PTSD after Routh's mother reached out to him, but they barely knew each other and it's not clear how much Kyle knew about Routh's condition, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. After the shootings, Routh showed up at his sister's house in Kyle's vehicle and told her he had "traded his soul for a new truck," an arrest warrant states. Routh is being held on one count of capital murder and two counts of murder, and was Tasered and tied up after trying to attack guards Sunday night.

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kono50
Feb 6, 2013 9:33 PM CST
the sniper wrote a book with classified information in it. now he ends up dead at the hands of a 'mentally ill guy'. ooooooooooooooooooooooooook! dude overstepped his boundries. my question is this, did sniper truly think that the government was going to let him get away with the information he put in that book? never mind, i just answered my own question.
K.KRANK
Feb 6, 2013 1:29 AM CST
"Traded his soul for a new truck"? That sounds like someone who was having a conversation with Satan before he agreed to kill for the truck Satan promised him he would get if he would shoot Chris Kyle. Hmm. Probably not the kind of guy you want to take to a shooting range & hand a 9mm to in order to shoot a few rounds to help him work off his PTSD :(
fractal
Feb 5, 2013 11:58 AM CST
Blooming schizophrenic.