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Loner/loser syndrome
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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- As convicted murderer Dylann Roof prepares to defend himself in the sentencing phase of his trial, a clearer understanding of his motives in gunning down nine African-Americans during Bible study prayer has begun to emerge. In a word, he's a loser -- as random and ordinary as the proverbial tree falling in a forest bereft of listeners. Oh, sure, he hated blacks, Jews and anyone else who didn't fit the white-supremacist profile he adopted relatively recently.