Man arrested for killing 6 and attempting to kill 2

January 20, 1987Los Angeles, CaliforniaJoseph Danks (26) is arrested following a string of murders of homeless men On January 20, Danks fatally stabbed an unidentified, approximately 50-year-old man. The attack was witnessed by another man who fled. The witness then followed Danks until a police car approached, at which point the witness hailed the officer…

Man kills 5 children, wounds 29 more before killing self for unknown reasons

January 17, 1989Stockton, CaliforniaPatrick Purdy (24) visits the Cleveland Elementary School where he fires on students and teachers, killing 6 (including himself) and wounding 29 On the morning of January 17, the police department received an anonymous death threat against the Cleveland Elementary School. A few hours later, Purdy arrived at the school he had…

The Queen Street Massacre

December 8, 1987Melbourne, AustraliaFrank Vitkovic (22) begins a shooting spree ending in the deaths of 9 including himself At 4:20 p.m., Vitkovic entered a building on Queen Street in Melbourne and briefly spoke with a former friend — and apparent primary target — before he drew a sawed off M1 carbine he had concealed in…