Behavior: The Violent Veterans

Like many a Texas barroom brawl, the fight between a Viet Nam veteran and a friend in the Panhandle town of Phillips was ostensibly over a girl. But by the time it ended, the friend lay dead of seven gunshot wounds. The veteran, a former Green Beret, dazed and thinking he had just killed an attacking Viet Cong, was stripping the body so that it could not be rigged with booby traps.

For Harvard Sociologist Charles Levy, whose testimony saved the veteran from a murder conviction (he was acquitted), the bizarre case underscored the...

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