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Coming up this evening, "Piers Morgan Live" will feature a fascinating interview with an imprisoned Joshua Cooke, the man who murdered his parents in 2003.
Speaking from a jail cell in Virginia, Cooke offers insight into America's gun problem, specifically the availability of high-powered, high caliber firearms:
"If I had an assault weapon, things would have been much worse. And I thank God I didn't have an AR-15 or some other type of assault weapon because the way I was back then mentally, I would have gone to the mall that night or to one of my old high schools the next morning and killed as many people as I possibly could," reveals Cooke. "Because I didn't have an assault weapon, that didn't happen. So I thank God I didn't have one of those things, and the gun does matter."
As part of a jailhouse interview, on Friday Joshua Cooke will describe the "sensation" he was experiencing when he shot his parents to death more than a decade ago:
"I had no emotion at all. I was basically like a zombie. I went down the steps and I shot my mother. She was sitting in this chair. They had a computer. She had spun around and I shot her and, it grazed her chest. I turned and looked over at my father. He was at the other computer. And he dove under the table and I shot him about seven times underneath the table," Cooke tells Piers Morgan. "I was numb. There had been so many years of hurt from mother's abuse and bullying, rejection from girls, all types of things like that, I just - I didn't care about anything anymore."
Having fired multiple times on his father, Moore went back to his room to reload his weapon:
"I came back down at the top of the stairs above the basement. And my mother was standing there at the bottom of the steps. And she looked at me and she had her hands like this at her chest. And she said, 'What are you doing, Joshua? Why did you do this?' And I loaded the gun, I pointed it at her face and I shot her in the face. I walked down the steps, I stepped over her body and I shot my father in the head one more time. And then, I walked back upstairs, set the gun down, I grabbed a Coke and drank it and then called the police."
Following Morgan's exclusive interview with Cooke, the CNN host will invite a panel of mental health and crime experts to offer their insights.
"What really struck me and I have seen this in other cases involving people with serious mental illness and it appears he has schizophrenia from previous diagnoses, he's sort of cobbling together the story this many years later," notes Xavier Amador, the founder of the Leap Institute. "The prosecution theory that this was rage and anger, the defense theory this was mental illness and yet, when you asked him what were you thinking that night, he really didn't have an answer for you. He really didn't understand. I think that was a function of a broken brain."
Watch the rest of the above clip to hear author Cheryl Olson, and Criminology professor James Alan Fox, each offer their opinions as to the role violent video games, and previous mass shootings, may play in influencing the behaviors of certain factions of America's youth.