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The crimes of Scotland: The Dunblane Massacre

One March day in 1996, Thomas Hamilton went into his local village school and started firing four guns at students and teachers. The brutal rampage left 17 people murdered, including one teacher and 16 children. Another 17 would survive the horrifying incident but be haunted with nightmares for the rest of their lives.

Today in Crime History: The Dunblane massacre

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.

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