By Tim Stevens
As requested here are my notes re: Cletus Kasady aka Carnage. I can offer no specific insights on the rumors of a possible new Carnage, but this should aid you in at least building a profile of the type of people who want embrace the alter ego.
Cletus Kasady is an adult male who presents as being slightly underweight, but strong. He arrived for session in his prison uniform, but appeared to be hygienic with his hair clean and well maintained and no detectable presence of body odor or bad breath. It is unknown if he did this of his own accord or was forced to do so by the guards beforehand.
As the super villain Carnage, the client is merged with an extraterrestrial symbiote. He is humanoid in appearance, encased in a second skin
|CARNAGE #1 variant cover by Patrick Zircher|
The writer can, however, speculate. The client reports the alien makes him "more artful" as a murderer, but that it does not influence him in any way. Reports relating to Kasady smearing himself with red and black paint and continuing to act as Carnage after being separated from the symbiote make it difficult to discern how accurate his interpretation of this may be. On the one hand, he was a serial killer before his merger with the alien. On the other, such actions might indicate that Kasady felt unable to act unless he "is" Carnage.
In session, the client presents as manic, threatening, and cruel. He speaks in a rapid fashion and his word choices betray the fact that he is largely self-educated, having rejected any education opportunities available to him at the orphanage where he spent his formative years and dropping out of school very early in life.
Kasady's life story reads like a text of how to create a sociopathic individual. He was molested and ignored by caregivers, abused by peers, and forced to witness the murder of his own mother by his father. Additionally, he indulged in animal torture as a child and reports committing his first murder, that of his grandmother, while still in preadolescence. He would kill at least twice more before leaving adolescence and committed an act of arson that may have led to the
With seemingly no one reaching out to him-which appears to be confirmed by the small amount of records regard his life-the client's antisocial tendencies run unchecked and this writer has no choice but to conclude that Kasady does have an Axis I diagnosis of Antisocial Personality Disorder.
As such, he feels no guilt regarding his acts of violence as himself or as Carnage. He instead subscribes to a twisted ubermensch-like view of the world in which all humans are evil, but he, and people like him, are the only one with enough "guts" to act on their evil feelings. In this context, laws are merely words, an attempt by humans to deny their essential selves. As such, he is "superior," someone fully in touch with who he is. He embraces chaos. Thus, his acts of violence have not been carried on furtively since becoming Carnage but instead are akin to performance pieces, meant to be seen and appreciated, and to inspire others to shed their fears and embrace their true evil inside.
Attempts to point out to the client that his murders prior to becoming Carnage were not so brazen and that, therefore, the symbiote might be influencing him were rebuffed. He claimed that he was still "becoming" prior to going to prison and that his transformation into Carnage just happened to coincide with his full embracing of chaos and rejection of
I would recommend the review of the CARNAGE #1 report by Doctors Zeb Wells and Clayton Crain. It is available on October 13 and contains the first details regarding a possible new Carnage and might prove helpful in developing a profile of the killer.
Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Practicum Trainee at a Federal Correctional Institute and a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant who has experience with individuals with Antisocial Personality Disorder and those who violated the law.
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