William Bryan Cruse
William Cruse
Background information
Occupation Librarian (retired)
Born (1927-11-21)November 21, 1927
Irvine, Kentucky, United States

November 29, 2009(2009-11-29) (aged 82)
Union County, Florida, United States

Penalty Sentenced to death
Imprisoned at Union Correctional Institution
Parents William Bryan Cruse Sr.
Dora Cruse
Spouse(s) Millie Cruse
Attack information
Date April 23, 1987
6 p.m. - 1:57 a.m.
Location(s) Palm Bay, Florida, United States
Killed 6
Injured 10
Weapon(s) Ruger Mini-14
20-gauge shotgun
.38-caliber revolver

William Bryan Cruse was an American retired librarian who killed six people and wounded ten others in Palm Bay, Florida, United States on April 23, 1987, before being arrested. He was sentenced to death and died in prison of natural causes on November 29, 2009.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]



Began his rampage because3 kids in the neighborhood were calling him a queer.


  • Emad Mohamiad Al-Tawakuly, 18, of Kuwait, an FIT engineering student
  • Nabil Abdul Al-Hameli, 25, of Kuwait, a Florida Institute of Technology engineering student
  • Officer Gerald Douglas Johnson, 28
  • Officer Ronald Midgely Grogan, 27
  • Ruth Green
  • Lester Watson, 51

Those wounded by Cruse were:

  • Fesail al Muyer, of Kuwait, shot in left shoulder
  • Marian Amos, shot in abdomen
  • Antonio Amos, 16 months, son of Marion Amos, grazed on the back
  • Ted Budine
  • Magid Abdul Famed, shot in the back
  • David Fox, 16, shot in the chest
  • Donna Gallo, shot in the right side
  • Helen Norvel, shot in the stomach
  • Benjamin Pelliccio, 27, shot in the posterior
  • Fletcher Redmond
  • John Rich, shot in the posterior

Non-shooting related injuries:

  • Elizabeth Case
  • Eric Massebauer, lacerations
  • John Massey, policeman, broken ankle
  • Mike Weiss, laceration, shoulder injury

Trial and ImprisonmentEdit

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