A BRAIN disease caused by blows to the head has been blamed for a string of massacres in which athletes ‘snap’ and go on murderous rampages. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is caused by repeated traumatic head injuries and has been found in former NFL stars and wrestlers who have committed murder. WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, who slaughtered his wife and son, and footballer Aaron Hernandez, who executed his friend, both suffered from the disease. In the case of Hernandez, he displayed increasingly paranoid and aggressive behaviour and was also accused of two other murders despite being a millionaire athlete. OJ Simpson, accused and acquitted of double homicide, says he believes he has brain trauma from his NFL career. Simpson allegedly murdered his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman in a knife frenzy in 1994 – a crime which he was later found liable for in civil court. The footballer-turned-actor was jailed for kidnapping and robbery in 2007. Autopsies on CTE sufferers show severe damage to parts of the brain related to problem solving, judgment and behavior. The disease – which causes dementia, memory loss, personality changes and erratic outbursts – has made headlines once again after former NFL… Read full this story
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