Spree Killers: Devastating Massacres by Unpredictable Gunmen
Spree Killers - Devastating Massacres by Unpredictable Gunmen
Author(s) Nigel Cawthorne
Published 2009
Publisher Summersdale Publishers
Country United Kingdom
Pages 264
ISBN 9781840247572

Spree Killers: Devastating Massacres by Unpredictable Gunmen is a book by Nigel Cawthorne, published by Summersdale Publishers, Chichester in 2009.


This investigation into spree killing analyses the psychology of this chilling and relatively new phenomenon. Cawthorne carefully examines each case and shows how the killers suppress their rage and violent fantasies until a small incident sparks off their fatal rampage.

The cases include that of Michael Ryan, who slew sixteen in the quiet English town of Hungerford; Wade Frankum, who went berserk with a rifle in a shopping plaza in Sydney, Australia; teenage students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and their killing spree at Columbine High School in Colorado, USA; Seung-Hui Cho, responsible for the Virginia Tech massacre, the deadliest shooting frenzy by a single gunman in the history of the USA; and the incident with Isaac Zamora in Mount Vernon, Washington State.

Table of contentsEdit

Chapter Page
Chapter 1 – Opening Shots 5
Chapter 2 – The Outsiders 11
Chapter 3 – Veterans 21
Chapter 4 – Rebel Without a Cause 33
Chapter 5 – Sniper in the Tower 66
Chapter 6 – All in the Family 89
Chapter 7 – The Age of Innocence 105
Chapter 8 – Across the Border 127
Chapter 9 – Women Who Kill 143
Chapter 10 – The Race Card 151
Chapter 11 – The Political Dimension 169
Chapter 12 – The Menace Spreads 184
Chapter 13 – Going Postal 209
Chapter 14 – The Body Count Climbs 217
Chapter 15 – School's Out 226
Chapter 16 – Copycats 243
Epilogue 261

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