Influence of other killers on Va. gunman not unusual, experts say
USA Today - 08/27/2015
It’s not unusual for murders to emulate and idolize others, said James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University. He said other people’s actions set a precedent for them. He added media attention is not the main reason for these kind of attacks, though it is a fringe benefit.
“They see themselves as the good guy who’s trying to right a wrong, who’s trying to stand up against racism, against bigotry, against injustice and they see themselves as being in the right,” Fox said. “Part of their desire to broadcast what they’ve done is to announce that they’ve won one small battle for the little guy.