With the events in Whitehaven and west Cumbria still very fresh in the mind, I don't want to appear insensitive, but I have a problem with the news and the ongoing investigation.
The big question on everyones lips is "why"?
What I want to know is why it is considered so important to know why he did what he did - and particularly why the police need to continue to investigate. They know the crimes committed and who did it - so surely that is the end of the investigation? They have the victims and the killer. The killer is dead so there is no need to prepare a case to prosecute and I really can't figure out what they think they will gain by knowing why he did what he did.
I could understand the need to know why if, for example, this was a politically motivated killing spree, but in these sorts of incidents the trigger will be different from person to person. Understanding why Derrick Bird flipped his lid and went around shooting people at random will not help to prevent the next nutter losing his rag and going on a murder rampage.
I'm sure the police think they are doing the right thing - after all, isn't it all about that dreadful word "closure", but I am dubious of this. Firstly because whatever reason they come up with will only be speculation - Bird is dead so you're never going to know why he did this really - and secondly because I don't think "closure" in these circumstances is achieved by knowing why someone killed your relative - only by knowing who and that is already known.