On December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine walked into the École Polytechnique at the University of Montreal carrying a Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic rifle. He entered a classroom and told all the men to leave. Claiming he was “fighting feminism,” he opened fire. In all, Lépine killed 14 women, and injured 10 more women and four men before turning the gun on himself.
Juan Pablo Vazquez is a Mexican drug cartel enforcer who seems to have almost no respect for human life. He was recently picked up by Mexican police carrying 22 bags of cocaine and some marijuana, but that’s really the least of his concerns. Mexican police think he’s responsible for 79 murders. He’s already admitted to [...]
What atrocity happened in your neck of the woods? A photographic look at the largest mass murders and shooting sprees perpetrated in each state.
A Newport, Rhode Island, police incident report surfaced regarding Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis and sheds some light on his mental condition during the days leading up to the massacre. Information such as this probably led investigators to characterize his mental state as “unstable.”
On the morning following the brutal massacre of August 9, 1991, a worker delivering food to the Wat Promkunaram Buddhist Temple near Goodyear discovered the bodies of nine monks, arranged in a circle. Each had been shot in the back of the head. What unfolded was a cycle of finger-pointing, in which several young men, including high school JROTC cadets Alessandro Garcia and Jonathan Doody all implicated each other in the crime.
On August 1, 1966, University of Texas student Charles Whitman killed his wife and mother with a knife, then climbed the university’s tower and started shooting. In all, Whitman killed 16 and injured 32 before being killed by police. His autopsy revealed a brain tumor which may have contributed to his inability to control his impulses.
The past year has been rife with tragedy. Many communities throughout the country–most memorably Aurora, Colorado, and Newtown, Connecticut–have been shattered by shootings that claimed the lives of dozens of people. Crime Library has put together an interactive map of the public place shootings of 2012.
Can we predict extreme fatal violence? An exploration of the causes behind incidents of mass murder.
Marcus Wesson ran his family like a cult. He had children with his daughters and preached a religion he created, one in which he was a Jesus Vampire. After a standoff, police found nine of the children dead.
On May 8, 1984, Canadian Army Corporal Denis Lortie, disgruntled and dressed in military fatigues, entered the Parliament building in Quebec City and started firing. He killed three and injured 13. His crime would later inspire another Canadian mass shooter, Marc Lepine.