Massacres/Mass Murder · Pennsylvania

Man claims he killed family because he was afraid his children would experience racism due to their mixed heritage

September 25, 1982
Wilkes-Barre and Jenkins Township, Pennsylvania
George Emil Banks goes on a shooting spree, targeting former girlfriends and his children by them, killing 13 and wounding 1

Banks, a prison guard as well as the son of a black man and a white woman, experienced racism growing up due to his mixed heritage, something he claimed he was fearful his own children would experience. Armed with an AR-15, he began his deadly spree starting in his own home, killing 3 women (all former girlfriends and mothers to his children, 2 of whom were sisters) and 5 children (4 of whom were his own).

He then visited a mobile home park, killing another former girlfriend and their son, as well as his ex-girlfriend’s mother and nephew. His ex-girlfriend’s brother had been hiding in a closet and avoided detection from Banks, and was able to call police about the murders.

Police were able to locate Banks and attempted to end the ensuing stand-off without any additional casualties. They asked Banks’ mother to talk him out, reported a false radio news report claiming the children were still alive and were in need of life-saving blood transfusions, and were finally successful when a co-worker coerced him into custody, ending the 4-hour stand-off.

His victims were:

Sharon Mazzillo (24) – Former girlfriend of George Banks who was engaged in a custody dispute over their son, Kissmayu Banks. Gunshot wound to the chest.

Kissmayu Banks (5) – The son of Sharon Mazzillo and George Banks. Gunshot wound to the face.

Scott Mazzillo (7) – Nephew of Sharon Mazzillo. Kicked, hit with the rifle butt, killed with a gunshot wound to the face.

Alice Mazzillo (47) – Sharon Mazzillo’s mother. Shot in the face while on the phone with police.

Regina Clemens (29) – Girlfriend of George Banks. Gunshot wound to the face.

Montanzima Banks (6) – The daughter of Regina Clemens and George Banks. Gunshot wound to the heart.

Susan Yuhas (23) – Girlfriend of George Banks, sister of Regina Clemens. Gunshot wound to the head.

Boende Banks (4) – The son of Susan Yuhas and George Banks. Gunshot wound to the face.

Mauritania Banks (20 months) – Daughter of Susan Yuhas and George Banks. Gunshot wound to the face.

Dorothy Lyons (29) – Girlfriend of George Banks. Gunshot wound to the neck.

Nancy Lyons (11) – Daughter of Dorothy Lyons. Gunshot would to the head.

Foraroude Banks (1) – The son of Dorothy Lyons and George Banks. Gunshot wound to the head.

Raymond F. Hall Jr. (24) – Bystander who had been attending a party across the street. Gunshot wound to the liver and kidney.

James Olsen (22) – Survived a gun shot wound to the chest.

Banks was originally given a death sentence, though later found incompetent for execution.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s