On March 13, 1996, Thomas Hamilton, 43, opened fire inside a primary school in the Scottish town of Dunblane, killing 16 children and one adult. The massacre led to a ban on most handguns in the United Kingdom.
On March 12, 2004, after years of abuse, incest and brainwashing, the grotesque family empire of Marcus Wesson came to a tragic end. As police surrounded the house where the Wesson family lived, shots rang out. In the end, the bodies of nine Wesson children–each shot through the eye–were found in a room furnished with antique coffins.
Chris Coleman, the head of security for Joyce Meyer Ministries calls his police officer neighbor, worried after not being able to reach his wife. When police enter the house, they find a grisly scene. Coleman claimed had been receiving threatening messages at work that warned him his family would die if Meyer didn’t stop preaching. But an investigation quickly unraveled Coleman’s story.
On March 6, 1995, Dennis, Brenda and Erik Freeman were buried in Allentown, Pa. That same day, David Freeman told police in a recorded interview how he, his brother Bryan and cousin Ben killed their family. Brothers Bryan and David had embraced the skinhead movement and Nazi ideals in a rebellion against their family’s strict Jehovah’s Witness beliefs.
It was initially reported that the name of the suspect in this morning’s Newtown, Conn., school shooting was Ryan Lanza. Now it has been reported that the shooter’s name is Adam Lanza, not Ryan Lanza, and that the two are brothers. CBS reports that Adam, 20, was dead at the scene, and Ryan, 24, has been taken into custody for questioning.
The nation is reeling once again as news of yet another incident of mass murder has broken. Authorities in Connecticut say at least 27 people, 18 of them young children, are dead after a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook elementary school in the Fairfield County suburb of Newtown.
On December 7, 1971, following up on a tip from a concerned neighbor, police entered the New Jersey mansion of John List. Inside, they found the bodies of his mother, wife and three children. List had planned the killings so carefully that they went unnoticed for almost a month, and List himself was able to escape justice for nearly 18 years.
French investigators have confirmed that one or more professional hitmen were likely behind a quadruple-murder that took place last week in a forest near the French Alps. The main target was fifty-year-old Saad Al-Hilli, his wife Ikbal Al-Hilli, and mother-in-law. All three were British citizens who were originally from Iraq.
A witness present during the deadly shooting that took place last night during the premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ at an Aurora, CO cinema has posted a video taken right after a gunman shot 14 people dead and injured 50.
Today’s reader photo comes to us from Todd in Kansas City. On the morning of June 17, 1933, the Union Station Railroad Depot in Kansas City, Mo., was the scene of a shootout that took the lives of five men.