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  • Accused Colorado killer no easy fit for mass murderer profile

    Reuters - 07/24/2012

    As experts in forensic psychiatry try to figure out from afar what is wrong with James Holmes, they are focusing on three details of the shooting: The targets were strangers to the killer, not colleagues or acquaintances; the shooter did not commit suicide or invite his own death at the hands of police; and Holmes warned authorities about his booby-trapped apartment before the explosives he rigged killed anyone.

    “Most mass murderers kill specific people for specific reasons,” said criminologist James Alan Fox of Northeastern University, who with colleague Jack Levin has studied every mass murder in the United States since the early 1980s. “They kill the bosses who fired them, the professors who wronged them. These are revenge killings.”