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Female School Shooters

As many followers of my blog know my interest leans more on the female murderers. Here are a few pictures of female school shooters.

Brenda Spencer - Cleveland Elementary School - 29th Of January 1979

Heather Smith - Spanaway Jr High School - 26th Of November 1985

Laurie Dann - Hubbard Woods Elementary School - 20th Of May 1988

Jillian Robbins - Penn State University - 17th Of September 1996

Elizabeth Bush - Bishop Neumann High School - 7th Of March 2001

Latina Williams - Louisiana Technical College - 8th Of February 2008

Teah Wimberly - Dillard High School - 12th Of November 2008

Amy Bishop - University of Alabama - 12th February 2010

Sunghee Kwon - University Of South Carolina - 5th February 2015

Dorothy Dutiel - Independence High School -  12th Of February 2016

Psychiatrist James Garbarino said female shooters “are so rare that it just hasn’t been studied,”. Whilst they are rare in comparison to their male counterparts, they certainly shouldn’t be discarded.  

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Before Adam Lanza, who perpetrated the “Sandy Hook Massacre,” there was Patrick Purdy and the “Stockton Massacre.” Patrick was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1964. When just 2-years-old, Patrick’s mother divorced his father after he threatened her with a gun. As a student in Cleveland Elementary School, he soon turned to alcohol in an attempt to alleviate his problems. After slapping his mother in the face, he was thrown out of her home and was homeless for several months before being placed in foster care. Patrick was eventually adopted by a family and shortly thereafter, started to take hard drugs as a coping mechanism.

When Patrick was 17-years-old, his father died in a traffic collision and Patrick soon started to accuse his mother of stealing money that was left behind for him. Throughout his adolescence, he was in and out of trouble with the law. He was a known drug addict and as a way to finance his drug addiction, he turned to prostitution. He was arrested on several occasions, from drug dealing to robbery, he was seemingly constantly serving a sentence for something. On one stint, he attempted suicide and was diagnosed as having “‘mental retardation.” After his release in 1987, he started to collect books on white supremacy and could often be heard complaining about the high volume of Asians in the area he lived as well as San Joaquin Delta College where he attended welding classes. Friends would later describe Patrick as suicidal, adding that he seemed to have a particular hatred for those of Asian descent, adding that he never came across as violent. His apartment in Stockton, California, was filled with toy soldiers - he was peculiar, they said, but nothing hinted he was dangerous. He often complained he was upset that he never made anything of himself and was a failure. On 17 January, 1989, an anonymous caller contacted Stockton Police Department and warned them that the young pupils of Cleveland Elementary School, Patrick’s old school, would be dead. Nevertheless, classes carried on as usual but that day would be anything other than “usual.”

At approximately noon, Patrick parked his car behind the school. His car was packed with fireworks which he then set alight, causing his car to explode. From here he walked to the school playground, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, he shot indiscriminately. Within three minutes, he shot 106 rounds, killing five children and wounding another 30. All of the children who were killed and a vast majority of the injured were of Cambodian or Vietnamese descent. The parents of these children had immigrated to America in search of pastures green. After the shooting, Patrick shot himself dead.

The shocking murders begged the question: “How could a man with a history such as Patricks, walk into a gun store and leave with an AK-47, no questions asked?” The sole purpose of weapons such as this is to end human life, so why was he so easily able to purchase one? Following the murders, measures were taken to ban assault weapons in California, paving the way to the Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act or 1989.

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Childhood photos of Brenda Spencer

She was very active and she was always happy. A good child, well behaved, never had any problems at school.” - Brenda’s mother, Dot Spencer, about her daughter as a child.

On January 29, 1979, Brenda Ann Spencer, 16 years old at the time, fired shots at Cleveland Elementary School across the street from her house, in San Diego, California. The principal and a custodian were killed and nine more were wounded in the shooting.

That was my little girl, she’s not a monster.” 

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This Day In Crime

Brenda Spencer
‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ 

Female mass murderers/school shooters are a rare occurrence, but not on January the 29th 1979, at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego. Whilst the young children were waiting at the school gates for it to open, Brenda Spencer got her rifle and stood at her window. Spencer fired 30 rounds of ammunition, killing the principle, a custodian and injuring 8 children. Spencer then barricaded herself in her home hours before being arrested. 


Whilst inside on the phone a reporter asked why? Brenda’s response was “I don’t like Mondays”  

Brenda Spencer was sentenced to 25 to life 

Spencer has had 4 parole requests denied, her next hearing is 2019

Patrick Purdy thought Asians where at the root of all his problems.

In January 17, 1989, he decided it was time for resolution. He left his flea bag motel wearing the customary army fatigues with “Death to the Great Satin” (a typo or perhaps a strange fixation with fancy evening wear) scribbled on his sleeve and headed for the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California.

In the next six minutes the the lethal drifter opened fire in the schoolyard with an AK-47 killing five youngsters of Southeast Asian descent and wounding 29 children and a teacher. Purdy, 24, ended the attack by turning his gun on himself.

Arson investigator Marty Galindo was at a nearby car wash when he got a radio call of a vehicle fire near Cleveland Elementary School. Purdy, in what detectives later said was a diversion attempt, had stuffed his station wagon with fireworks and set the car ablaze moments before he walked onto the campus and opened fire.

“I can still smell the gunpowder. That’s what I remember most – the gunpowder. There were bullet casings everywhere. And I remember walking by a little girl’s shoe, it couldn’t have been more than a few inches long, that was sitting there on the ground. There was flesh on it. It had to have been cut off. I walked around the corner of a building and saw all those kids down. It was surreal. This was supposed to be where kids are playing games, happy,” Galindo said.

When the smoke settled, Michael Jackson, the Peter Pan of auto-erotica, descended on the school to spread goodwill (and maybe something else) among the surviving kids. Four of the dead children were Cambodian, one was Vietnamese. Most were born in Thailand in refugee camps as their parents fled the genocidal regime of Cambodian ruler Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

(Source:http://murderpedia.org/male.P/p/purdy-patrick.htm)

“I Don’t Like Mondays” - The Cleveland Elementary School Shooting

Long before the American public began to regularly see the aftermath of school shootings broadcast on the news, a sixteen-year-old girl from San Diego hit headlines after she murdered two people and injured eight children outside an elementary school.

In January 1979 Brenda Spencer was a sullen, mentally unstable girl who lived directly opposite an elementary school in suburban San Diego. A year before she had been arrested for breaking the windows of her classroom with a BB gun; it was rumoured that Spencer used the same weapon to kill birds and rodents around her neighbourhood. She reported feeling suicidally depressed just weeks before the shooting - the fact her father bought her a gun for Christmas didn’t help Spencer’s increasingly disturbed mental state. “I asked for a radio and he bought me a gun”, she would later say to police.

On the morning January 29, 1979, Brenda Spencer took up a sniper’s position from her bedroom window, facing the front gates of Cleveland Elementary School. She was armed with a Ruger semi-automatic rifle and several hundred rounds of ammunition. A group of children were waiting for the gates to be unlocked, and Spencer fired several times at them. As the terrified children ran for cover the school principal tried to protect them, getting killed in the process. A school custodian was also shot and killed as he ran for cover.

After firing thirty rounds Brenda barricaded herself in the house, threatening to come out shooting. She spoke to a journalist on the phone while trapped in her house, and responded simply “ I don’t like Monday’s” when he asked her why she had shot at the children. After several hours Brenda surrendered peacefully to the police.

Brenda Spencer was charged with two counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Her impoverished family and frequent bouts of depression were explored by the defense, but the court found her responsible and guilty. She was given two twenty-five-to-life terms; so far, Brenda Spencer has been denied parole.

The Cleveland Elementary School shooting took place on January 29, 1979, in San Diego, California. Shots were fired at a public elementary school. The principal and a custodian were killed. Eight children and a police officer were injured.

A 16-year-old girl, Brenda Ann Spencer (born April 3, 1962), who lived in a house across the street from the school, was convicted of the shootings. She was tried as an adult, and pled guilty to two counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon. She was given an indefinite sentence and remains in prison.

During the shooting, a reporter phoned houses near the school looking for information about what was going on. He reached Spencer, who freely admitted that she was the one doing the shooting. When asked why she was doing what she was doing, one of the things she was said to have told him was: “I don’t like Mondays.” The alleged comment was widely publicized; Spencer later said she did not recall making the remark.

(Via: murderpedia.org)

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Brenda Ann Spencer and the Cleveland Elementary School Shooting :

On 29/01/1979 sixteen year old Brenda Spencer shot the elementary school who was a street across her house. She injured eight childrend and a police officer and kills the principal and the custodian of the school.
When police asked her why she did this her answer was “I don’t like mondays” what inspired Bob Geldof to write his song “I don’t like mondays” who was playes by his band The Boomtown Rats. The song was relased later that year.

Tried as an adult, Spencer pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon, and was given an indefinite sentence.

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38 years ago today, 16 year old Brenda Ann Spencer killed 2 and injured 9 at Cleveland Elementary School. She has been denied parole 4 times, and is next eligible to try in 2019, 40 years after the shooting
she is known for being the first school shooter in American history, and for her infamous quote “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day a little.”
The song I don’t like Mondays, by the Boomtown Rats, was written about Spencer

‘’I don’t like Mondays. This will liven up the day.’’

Shooting

On the morning of Monday, January 29, 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer had told her father that she wasn’t feeling well and he let her stay home that day. After he left for work, Brenda took her .22 caliber rifle and began shooting from her window at children who were waiting outside Cleveland Elementary School for principal Burton Wragg to open the gates. Brenda injured eight children, including an officer, and killed Principle Burton Wragg and the custodian, Michael Suchar, who were trying to protect the children.

After firing thirty rounds of ammunition, Brenda barricaded herself inside her home for nearly seven hours. While there, a journalist phoned her up and inquired Brenda’s reason for the shooting to which she replied, “I don’t like Mondays. This will liven up the day.’’ Brenda threatened police negotiators that she would ‘’come out shooting.’’ Ultimately, she stepped outside of her home, calmly put her weapon down, and surrendered. When police officers searched her home, they found empty bottles of beer and whisky scattered on the ground.

Conviction

Brenda was tried as an adult, and pled guilty to two counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Due to Brenda’s age, she could not receive the death penalty so was instead sentenced to 25 years to life. In prison, Brenda was diagnosed as an epileptic; she has received medication to treat epilepsy and depression while at the California Institution for Women in Chino, California.

In 2009, the parole board ruled Brenda would be denied parole, and would not be considered for the next 10 years. She will become eligible to have a Board of Parole Hearing in 2019.

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Patrick Purdy murdered five children at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California on January 17, 1989. After parking his car behind the building, he approached the children in the schoolyard dressed in military fatigues armed with a Norinco 56s rifle, and a Taurus PT92 pistol. “Hezbollah” was carved into the rifle and “Freedom” was written on the magazine, along with the pistol’s handle reading “Victory.” While his car exploded, he began shooting with the AK-47 variant, spraying gunfire in all directions. The attack lasted under three minutes and ended when Purdy shot himself in the head. Twenty-nine children were injured, as well as one teacher. The five fatalities were all Southeast Asian immigrants and between the ages of six and nine. Authorities maintained the shooting was not the result of a hatred for the Asian community and concluded Purdy was an unhappy loner who had a fixation on the military.

On Monday, January 29, 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer used a rifle to wound eight children and one police officer at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, and to kill Principal Burton Wragg and custodian Mike Suchar. The school was across the street from her house. She used the rifle she had recently been given for Christmas by her father. When the six-hour incident ended and the pretty teenager was asked why she had committed the crime, she shrugged and replied, “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.” She also said: “I had no reason for it, and it was just a lot of fun.” “It was just like shooting ducks in a pond.” and “[The children] looked like a herd of cows standing around; it was really easy pickings.” Her lack of remorse and inability to provide a serious explanation for her actions when captured inspired the song “I Don’t Like Mondays” by The Boomtown Rats, written by socialist musician Bob Geldof. Her quote “I don’t like Mondays” also appears written on a wall in the movie, The Breakfast Club.

Given how my “Ring Of Fire” Post is taking off like a Ba 249 “Natter”, let’s do a double feature with another classic cheap gun. 

This is a TEC-DC9, specifically this is the version used by spree killer and absolute edgy teen idol Dylan Klebold in the infamous 1999 Columbine School massacre. And now we’re gonna see how a weapon intended for police and military sales became one of the firearm world’s twist of fate and one of the most iconic criminal guns.

The story begins with two men, George Kellgren and Carlos Garcia. Kellgren was a designer who worked for Husqvarna and Interdynamic AB and designed the TEC-9′s beginning, the MP-9. With milled and stamped steel components, horrible folding stock, foregrip and selector switch killed it on the absurdly tight Swedish market, so Interdynamic moved to Miami, Florida. Kellgren leaves to work with Grendel and founded Kel-Tec, explains a lot of Kel-Tec’s quality problems while Garcia tweaked the MP-9 and began selling it as the KG-9.

The first alarm bell rang and that was that the KG-9 was a semi-auto pistol with an open bolt. For those who don’t know, that meant that any illegal gunsmith could simply fiddle with the sear and make it a full-auto machine pistol, and that they did. KG-9′s were bought in spades, set to full auto and matched the MAC-10′s ludicrous 1,000 RPM in a caliber easily obtained with a number of magazine sizes from tiny 10 rounders to ridiculous 50 round stick mags.

In 1982, the ATF ordered Intratec to revise the design to a closed bolt system, and they did and renamed the gun the KG-99. At this time, Interdynamic changed names to the now infamously tainted Intratec, and the kingpin was born. The KG-99 was modified with better sights and dubbed, the TEC-9.

From 1985 to 1990, the TEC-9 was made, with a number of version with long and short barrels, satin nickel or black finishes, a slew of magazine sizes and muzzle extensions and suppressors for every need. The TEC-9 became common with Jamaican and Cuban gangs across Florida for it’s size, large magazine capacity and it’s similar look to the full-auto MP-9. And with the rise of modern crime dramas and gangster rap, they immortalized the TEC-9 as a powerful gat with stopping power. 

And with a large magazine and the rise of the spree killer came it’s usage in mass shootings. On January 27, 1989, 6 people were killed in the Cleveland Elementary School shooting, committed by drifter Patrick Purdy. With this, California passed the Robert-Roos Assault Weapon Control Act of 1989, banning a lot of guns more on name than actual criminal usage and the TEC-9 was one of them.

Intratec circumvented this by making the TEC-DC9, DC standing for Designed For California. With the only difference being a change in sling attachment point, the TEC-DC9 lasted until 1994. When it and the original TEC-9 were named in the now famously bad Assault Weapons Ban of 1994. Intratec continued with the AB-10, similar looking to the TEC-9 “mini” but with no thread for a muzzle cover or suppressor as those were too “threatening” for 90′s politicians.

And here comes the big two nails in the Intratec coffin, the Columbine shooting and the 101 California Street shooting. 101 was on July 1st of 1993 when 55-year-old failed entrepreneur Gian Luigi Ferry walked through the 34th floor of law firm Pettit & Martin and after being told to seek legal council with a firm in the Midwest, walked into an elevator, donned ear protection and drew out 2 TEC-DC9 pistols as well as a Norinco made 1911 copy. He then shot 8 people at the firm and then himself. This attack prompted the Crime Bill of 1994 and the AWB.

Columbine High School in 1999 is devastated when two student, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shoot 13 students before killing themselves. In their arsenal included a Hi-Point 995 Carbine, sawn off Savage 67F pump shotgun and 311R double barreled shotgun, around 99 pipe bombs and one TEC-DC9, that was famously captured in a CCTV image in the hands of Klebold following their shooting of the school’s cafeteria. This shooting devastated the nation, and whether it was news reports, documentaries made by fat waste of space or countless leaflets, the TEC-9 shows up.

With publicity due to these shootings, Intratec attempted to diversify with a number of other designs, such as the Glock style compact CAT-9 pistol, TEC-22 and TEC-38. But the media frenzy grabbed Intratec and soon every politician was claiming the CAT-9 was “a cross between an assault weapon and a saturday night special” over a tiny compact pistol. Typical politician bravado, Intratec folded in 2001 from infamy and a ton of lawsuits from the Clinton administration.

And that ends the tale of the TEC-9, from police SMG to gangland paradise to media sensation, whether it’s at a gunshow’s pistol rack, a Dominican drug runner’s gun of choice, a video game bullet hose or in a Biggie Smalls song, the TEC-9 will remain a gangster’s piece.

Four days before the shooting, Patrick Purdy invited his half-brother Albert Gulart to his motel room, where they spent much of the evening drinking and cleaning and loading Purdy’s collection of guns. Conversation soon deviated to the familiar topic of killing people. In the past, the two of them had shared a desire to shoot policemen, even deciding on a bridge near Modesto as the ideal place to kill officers. That night, Purdy reportedly said, “Let’s do it,” to which Gulart replied, “You’re not ready.” They continued drinking, and awhile later, Purdy finally gave up on the idea, admitting, “Fuck it, they’re not worth it.” Investigators concluded that it was “probable” Gulart knew about his general plan and Purdy intended him to be his partner, due to his “guarded” account of that January 13th conversation, among other things, and he even admitted, “It’s kind of hard to talk about because somewhere in the future I would have went with him.”

When asked about Purdy’s suicide, Gulart claimed he killed himself “to get even with police, so they wouldn’t be able to punish him.” He also said suicide “takes all the guesswork out of it” because one doesn’t need to worry about when or whether to leave, the arrival of the police, or how many people were killed, then added: “You can concentrate more on doing it. You just fire away, and you hear it and that’s what happened. Basically, he knew what he was going to do.”

Aged 16, 1,57 tall, unusually thin, bright red hair,  self-identified as “having been gay from birth”.  On the morning of Monday, January 29, 1979, Spencer began shooting from her home at children who were waiting outside Cleveland Elementary School. 2 deaths, 9 injuries, asked why she carried out the shooting what she answered was:”I don’t like Mondays”.

January 29, 1979

16 year old Brenda Ann Spencer open fired on Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California, which she lived across the street from. Spencer had received the gun as a gift from her father on Christmas, almost a month prior to the shooting. From her home, she began to shoot at children who were patiently waiting for the front gates of their school to open. In the midst of her rampage, the principal and a janitor were killed while trying to get children to safety. She also injured 8 children and a police officer. 

When questioned on her motives for the shooting, she replied “I just did it for the fun of it. I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”

Spencer is currently serving out an indefinite sentence at The California Institution for Women in Chino, California, and will not be eligible for parole again until 2019.