Trey Sesler was a big fan of Japanese animated films. Still living with his parents his life seemed to have stalled, but the young man won a modest amount of Internet fame for some reviews he posted on YouTube as “Mr. Anime.” Anime was not his only interest however; he had other things on his mind, namely murder.
A review of 2012, a year in which we had well more than our fair share of mass and spree murders.
Ex-Marine Charles Joseph Whitman, a student at the University of Texas at Austin, went on a shooting spree that began around midnight on August 1, 1966, with the murders of his mother and his wife. The next day he went to campus and dispensed death to 16, leaving 31 others wounded before turning a weapon on himself.
After telling his wife that he was going "hunting humans," James Huberty went to a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, Ca. armed with three guns. He shot and killed 21 people and wounded 19 others before a SWAT team sniper killed him. Huberty’s wife said it was McDonald’s use of MSG, that provoked his rampage.
Cathouse star Brooke Phillips was brutally killed with five others. She may not have been the target, but who was and why?
In the wee hours of June 10, 1912, eight people–six of them kids –were murdered with an axe in the town of Villisca, Iowa. That crime remains a mystery. A century later the town would be once again rocked by a mass murder.
Self-proclaimed prophet and cult leader Jeffrey Don Lundgren was born on May 3, 1950. After a life of religious confusion, Lundgren became the leader of a fanatically loyal sect. One day, he decided that a family of his most ardent followers, the Averys, was to be killed for sacrifice.
On April 16, 2007, a gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., killing at least 30 people in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history, according to government officials.
Chardon High School Shooter T.J. Lane was sentenced on March 18, 2013, for the murders of three students in the school’s cafeteria. Families of the victims were given the opportunity to make statements to Lane, who didn’t miss a single opportunity to show the world how how pleased he is with himself,
Anything but academic, a tenure dispute in Alabama became a blood bath when professor Amy Bishop opened fire at a faculty meeting on February 12, 2010. After the murders, further investigation into the 1986 "accidental" shooting death of her brother Seth, led to Bishop’s being indicted for murder in Massachusetts for that crime.