School Violence · Wisconsin

Jr. High student shoots, kills principal

November 18, 1969 Tomah, Wisconsin An unnamed 14-year-old student shoots and kills his school principal The teen — who remained unnamed due to Wisconsin law at the time which protected the identities of offenders under the age of 16 — often had trouble with authority figures. In a “fit of anger,” the teen went to… Continue reading Jr. High student shoots, kills principal

Kansas

The Clutter Family Murders, the inspiration behind the novel In Cold Blood

November 15, 1959 Holcomb, Kansas Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith break into the Clutter home and kill the family’s mother, father, and two teenaged children Hickock and Smith had been serving time for unrelated offenses when they heard from a fellow inmate, former Clutter farmhand Floyd Wells, that Herb Clutter had a safe filled… Continue reading The Clutter Family Murders, the inspiration behind the novel In Cold Blood

Massacres/Mass Murder · Newspaper clippings · Pennsylvania

Man wounds 4, kills 8 and self after argument over an unpaid gambling winning

November 6, 1948 Chester, Pennsylvania Melvin “Bad Boy” Collins (38) goes on a shooting spree, killing 8 and wounding 4 before killing himself The motive behind the attack has been contributed to an argument over numbers, an illegal lottery in which gamblers would place bets on which numbers would be featured in various daily activities… Continue reading Man wounds 4, kills 8 and self after argument over an unpaid gambling winning

Massacres/Mass Murder · Political · Texas

Man shoots at soldiers in a processing center, kills 13 and wounds 32 before he is subdued

November 5, 2009 Fort Hood, Texas Major Nidal Hasan fires on a group of military personnel in a processing center receiving treatment immediately before deploying or upon returning from deployment, killing 13 and wounding 32 Hasan, an Army major with a degree in psychiatry, entered the Soldier Readiness Processing Center armed with two weapons described… Continue reading Man shoots at soldiers in a processing center, kills 13 and wounds 32 before he is subdued

Kentucky · Newspaper clippings · School Violence

Man fatally shoots teacher for disciplining brother (1853)

November 2, 1853 Louisville, Kentucky Matthew Flournoy Ward fatally shoots a teacher for punishing his younger brother The day prior to the shooting, Matt Ward’s youngest brother, William, had been reprimanded by his teacher. Professor William H. G. Butler had caught William Ward and another high school student named Al Fisher eating chestnuts and causing… Continue reading Man fatally shoots teacher for disciplining brother (1853)