In hindsight, it isn't really surprising that the young soldier accused of butchering innocent Afghans used to work as a stockbroker. If you're a sociopath and a coward, you can't really go wrong with a career in finance.
In the wake of the recent massacre, Interesting details have come to light about the former life of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, a.k.a. the U.S. soldier who stands accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians. Although Bales claims to have no memory of the horrific event, a new report out of his home state of Ohio suggests a pattern of antisocial and criminal behavior.
Before enlisting in the Army, Bales worked as a stockbroker in Columbus, Ohio. During that time period, federal financial regulators found him guilty of numerous crimes including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, churning, unauthorized trading and unsuitable investments, according to federal documents in 2003.
According to The Daily Mail, Bales was ordered to pay one of his clients Gary Liebschner $1,274,000 in compensatory and punitive damages as restitution for his heinous crimes. According to Liebschner, Bales has yet to pay a dime of that judgment.
"“He robbed me of my life savings,” Liebschner told ABC News.
This story comes amdist a groundswell of support for Bales who many assumed was suffering from PTSD as a result of his multiple deployments to the war zone.
Bales recent claim of memory loss seemd to point towards an inevitable mental health defense in his military trial. If prosecutors can establish a pattern of amoral behavior from Bales' previous life, the mental health defense will be significantly harder to make.