Robert Kenneth Smith
Robert Smith factory
The Chrysler stamping plant in Twinsburg, where the shooting occurred, in 1964.
Background information
Occupation Production inspector
Born (1937-09-22)September 22, 1937

May 15, 1969(1969-05-15) (aged 31)
Twinsburg, Ohio, United States

Cause of death Suicide
Spouse(s) Marylou Smith
Attack information
Date May 15, 1969
11:30 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.
Location(s) Twinsburg, Ohio, United States
Killed 2
Injured 10
Weapon(s) .38-caliber semi-automatic pistol
Two .22-caliber semi-automatic pistols

Robert Kenneth Smith was an American auto factory worker who killed two people and wounded ten others, four of them seriously, at the Chrysler stamping plant in Twinsburg, Ohio, United States on May 15, 1969, before committing suicide.[1][2][3][4][5]


Smith, who was born on September 22, 1937, was married and had three children. In 1964 he was committed to the Youngstown Woodside Hospital, because of mental problems, and after his release remained under the care of a psychiatrist until his death. According to his wife Marylou he was always even tempered and a good husband and father, but also someone who was secretive with his thoughts and feelings. He reportedly was a heavy gambler and had family problems.

Smith lived in Mogadore and worked as a production inspector at the Chrysler stamping plant in Twinsburg, though at the time of the shooting the company was apparently garnisheeing his wages for undisclosed reasons.[6][7][8][9][10]


Robert Kenneth Smith weapons

The three pistols used by Smith during his rampage.

According to most reports Smith was scheduled to work from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on May 15, 1969, but informed the company that he would not come to work that day, though others stated that he had been fired the day before. Around 10 p.m. he left his home, armed with a .38-caliber semi-automatic pistol, two .22-caliber semi-automatic pistols, and several hundred rounds of ammuntion. At 11 p.m. he arrived at the plant, where 1800 people were working at the time, and entered on the pretence of collecting his paycheck.

Some time before 11:30 p.m. Smith approached the main entrance of the plant with a gun in each hand and shot two men outside, before making his way to the nearby lunchroom. There he walked up to Sam Zucchero sitting at a table and fatally shot him in the back. The bullet passed through Zucchero's body and also wounded Charles Harris in the hand. After firing three or four more rounds Smith continued shooting at the offices and a production line where he hit amongst others Frederick Whisner, as well as Vincent Bell, who died an hour after admission to hospital. About 15 minutes into the rampage police arrived at the scene, whereupon Smith committed suicide near a machine by shooting himself in the temple. Harry Anderson and Willie Webster, two of the ten people wounded in the attack, were taken to hospital in critical condition, while two others were seriously injured.[6][7][8][11][12][13][14][15][16][10]


  • Vincent Bell, 39
  • Sam J. Zucchero, 57

Those wounded were:

  • Harry Anderson, 28
  • Fred Brandt, 22, shot in the back
  • Charles L. Harris, 64, shot in the hand
  • Albert Lazzari, 57, shot in the chest
  • Howard Musolf, 57, shot in the abdomen
  • George F. Russell, 50, shot in the right ear
  • John Steidl, 53, shot in the side
  • Dean Warner, 43, shot in both hands
  • Willie Webster, 57
  • Frederick Whisner, 38, shot in the left thigh


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