Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

A look at school killers

In the late 1990s, it seemed like an epidemic had hit American schools: Children were acquiring weapons, and then going to school to kill teachers and classmates. Various cultural influences were targeted for blame, but this type of violence continues today. A look at some of the more infamous school killers in America and what motivates them,

Sarah Edmondson and Ben Darrus, ‘Natural Born Killers’

After repeatedly watching Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, Sarah Edmondson and Ben Darrus hopped in the car on March 6, 1995, and started a road trip that would quickly become a drug-fueled murder spree. Their rampage would ultimately pit writer John Grisham against Stone in a lawsuit that would go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Today in Crime History: Sniper Mark Essex’s rampage comes to an end

Young Black Panther and Muslim-convert Essex went on a hate-fueled murderous shooting rampage in New Orleans on December 31, 1972, and again at a Howard Johnson Hotel on January 7, 1973, killing nine and injuring 13. Gunned down by police, he would become an inspiration to D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammed 30 years later.

Fathers Who Kill, and Why

On December 28, 1987, Ronald Gene Simmons went on a rampage shooting five people, killing two. On investigation police found that the rampage had started days earlier when he had killed his entire family — 16 people, including infants. A look at fathers who kill and what motivates them.

Alton Coleman & Debra Brown

Coleman went on a six-state killing spree in 1984, killing seven people with his partner Debra Denise Brown. By the time of his execution in 2002, he was the only condemned person to have death sentences in three states: Illinois, Ohio (twice) and Indiana.

Holly Grigsby and Joey Pedersen: A White Supremacist Couple’s Alleged Murder Spree

They were two lovers with sordid pasts could have used each other’s support to change themselves for the better. Instead, they allegedly embarked on a two-week, multi-state crime spree that left four dead.

Holly Grigsby and Joey Pedersen: A White Supremacist Couple’s Alleged Murder Spree

They were two lovers with sordid pasts could have used each other’s support to change themselves for the better. Instead, they allegedly embarked on a two-week, multi-state crime spree that left four dead.

Daniel Remeta’s Road of Destruction

In 1985 mass murderer Remeta and his companions killed their way through the South, and then descended on Grainfield, Kan., like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, leaving death, pain and misery in their wake.

Today in Crime History: Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate’s Crime Spree Begins

On January 21, 1958, Charles Starkweather was kicked out of his apartment for nonpayment of rent. He went to his girlfriend Caril’s house, where he was told to stop hanging around. Charles killed Caril’s whole family. Instead of turning him in, the faithful Caril stayed with him and the duo embarked on a violent crime spree.

VIDEO: Dr. Michael Welner: ‘A Person Makes a Life Choice That at Some Point He is Going to Be a Mass Killer’

Dr. Welner, Forensic Psychologist and Chairman of the Forensic Panel, offers insight and hope regarding the Sandy Hook massacre on ABC’s popular show The View, discussing the role of guns, mental illness, the media and the individual, in cases of mass murder.

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