Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: The Montreal Massacre

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.

Marc Lépine’s Gendercide: The Montreal Massacre

No one made eye contact with the thin young man in the baseball cap as he entered the the University of Montreal classroom, offering a slight smile, as if to apologize for the interruption. Used to tardy students, the professors ignored him. Until, grinning, he ordered 10 female students to get up and move across the room. "I’m fighting feminism," he said. Feminists needed to be taught their place, he added, then lifted his rifle and began shooting.

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