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Tim Kretschmer’s rampage through his former school in Winnenden and its end outside a Wendlingen business complex, which left 16 dead, including himself, influenced a copycat threat by a 21-year-old Lower Saxony resident from Schnerverdingen, who was arrested two days after Kretschmer’s shooting for writing in an online chat, “I’ll kill 16 students tomorrow. I have a gun and will kill everyone.” He claimed it was only for fun and police determined the targeted school didn’t exist in the area, nor did the man have access to weapons. Coincidentally, an unnamed 17-year-old in the North Rhine-Westphalia town of Ennepetal was planning a deadly attack of his own. On March 12, 2009, a day after Kretschmer’s spree, the Reichenbach-Gymnasium student, who usually fashioned a long black coat and fingerless gloves, was led out of class and taken into custody. The arrest came following a report from a female classmate’s mother three days prior, who stated he threatened to blow up the school on April 20, marking the tenth anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. These threats were corroborated by fellow students, and they added he made comments about not living to see his 18th birthday, while another shared they saw him looking at a webpage on the construction of explosive devices in the school library. He had also received psychiatric treatment in 2007 for threatening a teacher. A search of the student’s home revealed the means to carry out his plan. Contained in a metal briefcase, investigators found glycerin, hydrochloric acid, and 30 grams of black powder paired with nails and other materials. Among the weapons recovered were knives, daggers, and swords, as well as several imitation guns and an air gun. Although the 17-year-old faced charges of unauthorized arms possession and disturbance of public peace by announcing a criminal offense, he was immediately placed in a psychiatric institution.

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To combine two of my passions, I decided to make a compilation of TV shows and movies related to mass murder! The following focus solely on random and/or public incidents, so basically just no familicides. All of the descriptions were taken from Wikipedia or IMDb.

School Shooting TV Shows:

Millenium Episode Teotwawki (1998)

“Frank and Emma search for answers when a gunman fires upon high school students.”    

Third Watch Episode …And Zeus Wept (2001)

“Sully takes Tatiana to meet his mother, and offers her a way to get her Green Card. A kid takes a gun into his high school. Faith has a physical exam.”          

Rebus Episode Question of Blood (2006)

“Detective Inspector John Rebus and his sidekick DS Siobhan Clarke are called to investigate a shooting at a local college.”

Numb3rs Episode Dark Matter (2006)

“Charlie helps the team solve how many shooters there were in a school massacre.”          

American Horror Story Episode Piggy Piggy (2011)

“At Westfield High School in 1994, a shooter enters the school and begins killing students.”

Utopia Series 1, Episode 3 (2013)

“The group feel the full weight of The Network’s power as Grant is framed for a mass murder at his school.“

19-2 Episode School (2015)

“In the season two premiere, the entire squad is involved in an intensely tragic school shooting which profoundly impacts their lives.”  

School Shooting/ School Revenge Movies:

If…. (1968)

“In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.”         

The Deadly Tower (1975)

“The infamous story of Charles Whitman, ‘America’s favourite sniper’ (in Stephen King’s words), is told here once again.”          

Massacre at Central High (1976)

“Maimed by bullies at a California high school, a new student (Derrel Maury) engineers acts of revenge.”

Heathers (1988)

“In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.” 

Murder of Innocence (1993)

“Newlywed Laurie Wade finds her marriage, and eventually the rest of her life, shattered by her deep-rooted psychotic behavior.” Based on Laurie Dann.

Hostage High (1997)

“An armed man with a grudge against a former teacher holds students hostage at his high school.” Based on Eric Houston.

Duck! The Carbine High Massacre (1999)

“Two bullied high-school students fight back against their oppressors in a hail of bullets and blood.”

Bang Bang You’re Dead (2002)

“A teacher suggests a student take the lead role in a play, despite the teen’s earlier threat to blow up the school.”

Home Room (2002)

“A high school shooting has repercussions on the town and students.”

Heart of America (2002)

“Armed high school students plot a shooting spree that they plan to unleash at the school moments after the final bell on the last day of the school year.”

Zero Day (2003)

“Two troubled adolescents chronicle the events that ultimately lead up to a terrifying assault on their school.”

Elephant (2003)

“Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.”            

American Yearbook (2004)

“Will is the kid-next-door, but is relentlessly terrorized by school bullies. Then the mysterious Chance eventually convinces Will that they should get a gun and take the bullies out: pull a Columbine.”            

The Only Way (2004)

“Devon Browning is viewed as an outcast and is a victim of physical and emotional abuse from his classmates. After a tragic death in his family, his life begins to fall off course. He eventually seeks revenge by bringing a gun to school and opening fire on his classmates.”

Dawn Anna (2005)

“The true story of a single mom who overcomes many of life’s obstacles.” Based on Lauren Townsend’s mother.

Killers by Nature (2005)

“B-movie stalwart Eric Spudic directs this story about two bullied high school misfits who exact deadly revenge on those former classmates who did them wrong.”            

Ekskul (2006)

“A high school student who is constantly bullied at school and abused by parents at home, had enough and took several other students hostage.”

State’s Evidence (2006)

“When 16-year-old Scott Byers decided to bring a camcorder to school, none of his schoolmates ever imagined what was to come.”

The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

“As the 15th anniversary of a fatal high school shooting approaches, former pupil Diana McFee is haunted by memories of the tragedy.“

Klass (2007)

“An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers’ honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.”            

Polytechnique (2009)

“A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist.” Based on Marc Lepine.

April Showers (2009)

“A survivor (Kelly Blatz) of a high-school shooting tries to come to terms with the horrors he witnessed, along with the loss of his best friend.”

The Final (2010)

“A group of high school outcasts get revenge on the students that torment them.”

Amish Grace (2010)

“A grieving woman copes with the loss of her daughter after a gunman kills Amish schoolgirls in Pennsylvania.” Based on Charles Carl Roberts.”

Beautiful Boy (2010)

“A married couple on the verge of separation are leveled by the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, then took his own life.”

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

“Kevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.”          

Nothing Can Touch Me (2011)

“The outsider Katrine survives a school shooting and is the only one to see who the shooter is. The hunt for the boy begins, and slowly Katrine realizes that she has more in common with him than any of her other classmates.”            

Pivot Point (2011)

“A psychological drama that follows four high schoolers down a dark ride.”

An American Terror (2012)

“A group of friends hatch a plan to get revenge on the bullies who have been tormenting them.”

Blackbird (2012)

“An alienated teenager’s posturing online threat ignites a firestorm of fear in a small community.”            

Hello Herman (2012)

“Set in the not so distant future, in Any Town USA, sixteen year old Herman Howards makes a fateful decision.”

White Rabbit (2013)

“A bullied high school student starts having visions of a rabbit that he killed when he was a kid, soon putting him in a state where his imagination threatens to cause him to carry out violent acts.”          

Staudamm (2013)

“Roman has to travel to a small village in Bavaria, in order to get some files from a local police station. These files keep records about a high school massacre committed by a student a year ago.”

The Dirties (2013)

“Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school. One of them isn’t joking.”            

Rudderless (2014)

“After a grieving father finds a box of demo tapes made by his now-dead son, he forms a band in hope of finding some peace.”

Almost Mercy (2015)

“Jackson and Emily aren’t like the other kids. Two burgeoning sociopaths on the brink of total meltdown. Ticking time bombs seeking revenge. Who will unravel first?”            

Natural Selection (2015)

“While attending a new high school, a teen’s budding friendship with a fellow student leads to harsh consequences.”

Some Kind of Hate (2015)

“A bullied teenager is sent to a reform school where he accidentally summons the spirit of a girl, herself a victim of bullying, who takes vengeance on his tormentors.”

Ditch Party (2016)

“Five students trap themselves in the basement of their high school during an all-out assault on students and faculty, all at the hands of one disturbed student geared with guns and explosives.”         

Mass/Spree Murder TV Shows:

Cold Case Episode Rampage (2006)

“A 1995 mall shooting spree, in which two teenagers killed and wounded several people before committing suicide, is reopened when it is found that there may be a third person involved.”            

Criminal Minds Episode Elephant’s Memory (2008)

“When a spree killing begins in a small Texas town, Reid’s identification with the killer may endanger the girl with him, and cause Reid to put his own life in jeopardy.”

CSI Episode The Fallen (2014)

“A teenage boy shoots up LVPD headquarters and then holds Russell and one of his shooting victims hostage.”          

Mass/ Spree Murder Movies:

Targets (1968)

“An elderly horror-film star, while making a personal appearance at a drive-in theatre, confronts a psychotic Vietnam War veteran who’s turned into a mass-murdering sniper.”          

Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970)

“Herr R. throws a dinner party for his boss and colleagues, but is humiliated when a toast he proposes falls flat. As his days repeat the same boring routine, Herr R.’s unhappiness grows.”

Two-Minute Warning (1976)

“A psychotic sniper plans a massive killing spree in a Los Angeles football stadium during a major championship game.”

Bloody Wednesday (1987)

“A mechanic who lives alone and sees a psychiatrist gets hold of a machine gun and opens fire in a coffee shop.”

The Fisher King (1991)

“A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.”            

Stalking Laura (1993)

“A Silicon Valley engineer (Brooke Shields) cannot escape a co-worker (Richard Thomas) who has become obsessed with her.” Based on Richard Farley.

Falling Down (1993)

“A borderline personality disordered defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.”

Amoklauf (1994)

“Excerpts of the life of a waiter who, living alone and isolated from the outside world developed an abysmal hatred of his fellow man.”

Tag der Abrechnung - Der Amokläufer von Euskirchen (1994)

“This movie depicts the story of Erwin Makolajczyk, a psychopath who killed 9 people in a courtroom on the 9th of March 1994.”

Charming Billy (1999)

“Billy Starkman is a seemingly ordinary man living in a small Midwestern town who one day wakes up, murders his family, climbs a rural water tower with a high-powered hunting rifle and begins shooting innocent people.”

Out of the Blue (2006)

“Based on the Aramoana Massacre that occurred on 13 November and 14 November 1990.” Perpetrated by David Gray.

He Was a Quiet Man (2007)

“A frustrated office worker becomes a reluctant hero after saving a woman’s life.”

Satanas (2007)

“Based on the spree killing committed by Campo Elías Delgado that took place in Bogotá in 1986.”

Le Banquet (2008)

“A bloody drama and an apocalyptic vision of the universities, and more generally of Québec society.”          

Fragments (2008)

“A group of strangers form a unique relationship with each other after surviving a random shooting at a Los Angeles diner.”      

Rampage (2009)

“A frustrated young man dons body armor and executes random strangers.”

22 Mei (2010)

“A bomb explodes in a shopping mall. Sam the security agent tries to save the victims, but at the end he runs off. Later he encounters all the people he saved. They all think that somehow he is responsible for what happened.”

Odd Thomas (2013)

“In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.”         

Mall (2014)

“The lives of five disaffected suburbanites come together in a shopping mall after a shooting spree.”

Rampage: Capital Punishment (2014)

“Bill Williamson hatches a plan to exact revenge on the rich while ripping Washington apart.”

Amok: Hansi geht’s gut (2014)

“Lorenz, a middle-aged accountant living a monotonous life, goes on a violent rampage after a promotion triggers buried memories.”

I, Olga Hepnarová (2016)

Based on the female Czech mass murderer.

Rampage: President Down (2016)

“Bill Williamson returns to bring down the president of the United States and his Secret Service detail.”

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Columbine + Cold Case Rampage // parallels 

  1. Eric Harris being represented by Cameron Coulter according to his narcissitic personnality and as the leader of the couple.
  2. Dylan Klebold being represented by Neil Hanlon as the more quiet one and a kind of Cameron follower.
  3. The sketches and the nihilistic phrases in the diary.
  4. Robyn Anderson who was accused of complicity for buying the weapons for Eric & Dylan is represented by Tina, who pushed the boys to the rampage.
  5. The same quiet and pointless walk after the massacre like they were walking in the cafetaria just before they killed themselves.
  6. At the end, Cameron and Neil also killed themselves turning their weapons against them, as Eric and Dylan did. 
  7. This episode includes also the presence of bullyers. 
  8. One of the bullyer can be a free representation of Brooks Brown.