What atrocity happened in your neck of the woods? A photographic look at the largest mass murders and shooting sprees perpetrated in each state.
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.
Janathan Doody, who has been serving a 270-year sentence for the cold-blooded 1991 murders on nine Buddhist monks who witnessed a robbery, has been found guilty, again. His sentencing is set for March 2014. A look back now at the case of a burglary that turned into a mass murder.
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 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.