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Resource ID: #16521
Subject: Mental Health
Source: New York Times
Date: 2000-04-09


New York Times study of the 102 killers in 100 rampage attacks in the last 50 years (including the 1999 Columbine School shootings in Littleton, Colo.) revealed that "at least half of the killers showed signs of serious mental health problems" prior to their murder sprees. The four-part series starts by painting a "statistical portrait" of rampage killers -- the investigation found that most are white males with higher education levels than typical murders. The second installment of the series reveals that these murders do not simply snap. In fact, the investigation found that in most cases, family and friends ignored these killers' warning signs. The third installment looks at how easy it is for individuals with a history of mental health problems to obtain firearms legally. The four installment tells the story of a rampage killer who has been corresponding with the father of one of his victims from prison.

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