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.
At 11:35 a.m. on April 20, 1999, the 110th anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s birth, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold began a rampage through the corridors of Columbine High School that ultimately ended their lives. In their wake they left 13 dead, 25 injured, many seriously, and a town shaken to its core.
What atrocity happened in your neck of the woods? A photographic look at the largest mass murders and shooting sprees perpetrated in each state.
As the city of Albuqurque reels from the murder of the Griego family, police are searching for answers. According to Bernalillo County officials, 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego used a semi-automatic assault-type rifle to kill his father–a pastor at a local church–as well as his mother and three siblings, ages 9, 5, and 2, on Saturday night.
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.
On May 18, 1927, explosions tore apart a Michigan school, killing 38 children. The man responsible for the disaster had killed his wife and set fire to his farm earlier that day.
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.
Wielding a Glock 17 and a Ruger P89, a deranged George Jo Hennard, 35, drove his Ford pickup through the front window of Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen on October 16, 1991. Hennard began shooting into the crowded eatery, taking many lives before committing suicide. Read about this and other notorious mass murders across the United States.
Anders Behring Breivik, known as the Norway Killer, grinned as a judge in an Oslo court sentenced him today to 25 years in prison for the murder of 77 people during a bombing and shooting spree in July 2011. Broadcast live on Norwegian television, Breivik, dressed in a black suit, addressed the court with a fascist one-armed salute as he was lead in the courtroom to hear the verdict in the presence of the victims’’ family members and survivors of the attacks.