Why isn't the sudden rampage killing of eight innocent people and one guilty gunman in
The Virginia Tech shootings left me so baffled and disturbed, I had to write about them and study the phenomenon of random, premeditated murders. Who does them? Is it mostly Americans or does it happen as often elsewhere? I know I can never begin to understand why, but here's an enlightening chart I put together about who/what/where . . .
Mass murders perpetrated by rampage killers who killed 15 or more people.
Due to the number of these rampage murder sprees (in both
Fame seems to be at least part of the sick objective: in Hawkins' suicide note, he said, "Now I'll be famous." Instead, he got mere minutes on the national news and little immortal infamy.
Image above: Hawkins Last Will and Testament reads . . .
I'm giving my car back to my Mom and my friends can have whatever else I leave behind.
Signed, Robert A. Hawkins”
"I'm coming for EVERYONE soon and I WILL be armed to the @.%$ teeth and I WILL shoot to kill."
He deliberately used the same wording Eric Harris used in the 1999 Columbine murder spree, but politely substituted symbols to stand for the expletive. Not too polite to destroy the lives of innocents, though. Weird mixture of grandiosity, alienation, lack of self-control, and seething rage.