Stabbed 50-60 times, then decapitated?

I am still reeling from this morning’s front page news. What can I say? I’m in awe. I’m shocked. I’m fascinated? The seeming randomness of the act is still echoing in my psyche and I feel like the only way to exorcise this uneasy feeling right now is to acknowledge it. I’m genuinely freaked! What kind of fucked up switch had to go off in this man’s head? By everyone’s accounts he seemed totally normal. This guy did not raise any flags. Upon going inside he took a different seat next to a young man who was sleeping. Shortly thereafter he was stabbing him to death and chopping his head off with a hunting knife in purportedly methodically and unemotionally. I’m in disbelief, really! The victim was stabbed no less than 50 times! Armed with crowbars and wrenches dropped off by a trucker the passengers witnessed as he paced inside the bus with the victim’s head in his hands displaying it to the onlookers. This scene just continues to play over and over again in my mind and I can’t help but almost feel like something supernatural was at work here. Maybe it’s a result of watching too many X-Files episodes but if I ever heard of one…this is it.

To think that someone’s life can end this way for no rhyme or reason…at the hands of a dispassionate stranger with a knife. It freaks me out. Crimes of passion, anger, hatred I can understand better than this! What was his motivation? Did he hear voices in his head urging him to do it? Did he know all along he would do something like this and that is why he packed a knife? What was it about the sleeping man? The more I try to rationalize this the more questions I have and the more uneasy I feel.

“You see, nobody panics when things go according to plan. Even if the plan is horrifying. If I told people that a gangbanger was going to get shot, or a bus load of soldiers was going to get blown up, nobody would panic. Because it’s all part of the plan. But tell people that one tiny little mayor is going to die and everyone loses their minds!”
–The Joker (Dark Knight)