If you’re familiar with the tragic story of an Army Staff Sergeant going ape-shit in Afghanistan and killing I think it was 17 civilians, you may not have heard that it was discovered this Soldier was also using steroids while deployed. A news except I saw on TV said that SSG Bales’ steroid use will play a major role in his defense’ strategy in the upcoming trail. No doubt, the defense will try to use the ‘roid rage’ angle to paint a picture of a regular, stable soldier turned into a psychotic killer because of steroid use.
Ignored will be the fact that this was his fourth combat deployment as an infantryman and the accumulated stress of his occupation could make a lot of people snap. I don’t know what is the better of two outcomes - if he is acquitted because the steroid defense works (maybe it’s similar to an insanity plea - I don’t know enough about law to speak intelligently about this) or if he is found guilty and sentenced to death, leaving behind his wife and three children.