Massachusetts · Massacres/Mass Murder · Religion · Workplace Violence

Man kills coworkers, claims God sent him back in time to hunt Nazis

December 26, 2000
Wakefield, Massachusetts
Michael Morgan McDermott, who later claimed he had “travelled back in time and killed Hitler and the last 6 Nazis” in order to be given a soul by God, shoots 7 coworkers

McDermott entered his workplace, Edgewater Technology, and shot 7 of his coworkers within 5-10 minutes, firing a total of 37 shots, shooting his victims in the back of the head, and targeting specific people rather than taking an indiscriminate “spray and pray” tactic. When police arrived, McDermott was found in the receptionist area, his guns within reach. Police wrestled him to the ground and arrested him without further death or injury.

At trial, McDermott claimed he had been born with no soul and was told by God he would be awarded a soul if he “traveled back in time and killed Hitler and the last 6 Nazis”. Jurors obviously did not accept this rationale for the murders, nor did they believe McDermott was not guilty by reason of insanity. They found him guilty of 7 counts of first-degree murder and he was sentenced to 7 life sentences to be carried out consecutively.

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