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anonymous asked:

Hello if you could recommend both fictional and non fictional books about columbine, school shootings, mass shootings, serial killers, etc that would be great! I've read a few and I need more good ones. Thank you!! Even Reddit posts or anything online would be cool too! Sorry to bother you.

Hey! I apologize for how incredibly late this is!

Invisible Darkness by Stephen Williams

The Making of a Serial Killer by Danny Rolling and Sondra London (I’m trying to coerce my library into letting me buy this one because I’m the only person who has checked it out in at least two years.)

A Need to Kill by Michael W. Cuneo

Serial Killer Files by Harold Schechter

The Evil That Men Do by Stephen G. Michaud and Roy Hazelwood

The Man in the Monster: An Intimate Portrait of a Serial Killer by Martha Elliott

Devil’s Knot by Mara Leveritt (It may not be entirely unbiased, but I still think it’s worth a read.)

The Teacup Poisoner: A Biography of Serial Killer Graham Young by Fergus Mason (Too short for the alluring character that he was, but it still gives you a little more than most summaries.)

Seven Days of Rage: The Deadly Crime Spree of the Craiglist Killer by Maria Kramer and Paul LaRosa

The Will to Kill by Jack Levin and James Fox

Lethal Marriage by Nick Pron

Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson by Keith Ablow (I really loved this look at Scott, though it was very sad.)

Dismembered by Susan Mustafa

The Gates of Janus by Ian Brady (A serial killer talking about other serial killers. OOH.)

No Easy Answers by Brooks Brown

A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold

Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings by Katherine Newman

Deadly Lessons: Understanding Lethal School Violence by the National Research Council

The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth by Joyce and Stephen Singular

Ceremonial Violence by Jonathan Fast

Newtown: An American Tragedy by Matthew Lysiak (I’m listing it solely because it’s about Lanza, but you can get more insight by reading blogs.)

No Right to Remain Silent: The Tragedy at Virginia Tech by Lucinda Roy

Choosing Hope by Kaitlin Roig (It was nice reading her story, and it’s easy to tell just how much she loves her students. The section of the shooting was brief, but it still delivered an insightful description of the events that day, even frightening and depressing.)

Day of Fury by Joyce Egginton

Think No Evil: Inside the Story of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting…And Beyond by Jonas Beiler

Day of Reckoning by Wendy Murray (If you can get past the religious nonsense, it has some great excerpts from Columbine students and the victims’ families.)

The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools by Jessie Klein

Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings by Loius Klarevas (I’m currently reading this one, and it’s interesting so far.)

Columbine by Dave Cullen (I am of the popular opinion this book is riddled with inaccuracies, but I still encourage people to read it for themselves.)

I have never been much of a fiction reader, but I have read some school shooting books:

Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser (Not the best, but I enjoyed the ending. It makes you think.)

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (It’s a disservice to file this book under just a school revenge novel because it is so much more than that. One of my favorites of all time.)

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (I never actually finished this one, not because it wasn’t good though.)

Project X by Jim Shepard (Now this one is my absolute favorite! Please read it!)

I feel like I’m missing some major ones, but it’s a start!

We’re excited to participate in #AskAnArchivist on October 30! Archivists from our locations across the nation are ready to answer your questions at @usnatarchives on Twitter tomorrow.

We have archivists that concentrate on the history of the National Archives, work with audiovisual materials, declassify documents, textual reference, Presidential materials and more.

This is your chance to find out how archivists came to have these jobs, what they like or dislike, and what they do! No question is too serious or too silly–so find out about FOIA or learn about the invention of the Beach Cart.

The schedule is below, but feel free to tweet us questions ahead of time!


8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET

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Schedule for @usnatarchives

8:30-9 am EDT, Steve Greene

Steve Greene is an Archivist and the Special Media Holdings Coordinator for the Office of Presidential Libraries since 2010. Before that, Steve was the AV Archivist for the Nixon Presidential Library. Steve has worked with the Preservation, Processing and Reference Service on Stills, Sound Recordings and Moving Images at the Presidential Libraries for over 15 years.

9-9:30 am EDT, Amber Forrester

Amber Forrester is an Archivist in NARA’s National Declassification Center, where she has worked for four years. She spends her days working with NARA’s classified holdings and living the NDC motto: “Releasing all we can, protecting what we must.” Amber holds an MLS in Archives & Records Management from the University of Maryland and a BA in American Studies and History from Case Western Reserve University.

9:30-10 am EDT, Rebecca Collier

Rebecca Collier is a Supervisory Archivist of the Textual Reference Archives II Branch at the National Archives in College Park, MD. She has worked in reference at NARA for over 29 years. Her unit assists the public daily and responds to requests concerning many topics including diplomatic, labor, commerce, treasury, National Park Service, American Red Cross records as well as military unit records during the 20th Century (especially WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War) and various intelligence agencies. She has a Master of Arts in History from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Ohio Northern University.

10-10:30 am EDT, Jessie Kratz

As Historian of the National Archives, Jessie promotes the history and importance of the agency. She regularly writes articles and blog posts, and gives talks on Archives history. Before becoming Historian, Jessie worked at the Center for LegislativeArchives from 2000 to 2013 where she created publications and exhibits that highlighted Congress’s role in American history. Jessie has an M.A. from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

11-11:30 am EDT, Joseph Keefe

Joseph P. Keefe is an Archives Specialist and Reference Team Lead and Social Media co-coordinator with the National Archives Northeast Region-Boston and has worked for the National Archives for over 10 years. He began his National Archives career in the Federal Records Center where he worked in both research and the transfer of records into the facility. He moved to the archives in 2006 in his current position as an Archives Specialist. Joseph has a bachelor’s degree in History from Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts, and a MA in American History from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

1-2 pm EDT, Alan Walker

Alan is an archivist in Textual Processing at Archives II. He works with records of civilian Federal agencies, including those of the National Archives itself. He loves photography and worked with our photographic holdings in the Still Pictures unit here at the Archives for many years. Alan received his M.A. in History from George Mason University.

2-3 pm EDT, Christina Jones and Ketina Taylor

Ketina Taylor started with the National Archives in 2000 in the Still Picture Unit in College Park, Maryland.  In 2005, she was promoted to archivist and moved to the State Department Reference Team and eventually the Civilian Records Processing Team. In 2007, Ketina accepted a position for the future George W. Bush Library, and in 2012, she was transferred to the National Archives at Fort Worth.

3 pm EDT, Gerald Ford Presidential Library

Elizabeth Druga and Stacy Davis will be available to answer questions. Elizabeth Druga is an archives technician at the Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She works with textual and AV collections.

3:30 pm EDT, Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library

Jason Schulz, supervisory archivist; Meghan Lee-Parker, archivist; and Carla Braswell, archives technician, will be available to answer questions.

4:30 pm EDT (1:30 pm PDT) Sue Karren

Sue has been with the National Archives for 28 years and is now the director of the National Archives at Seattle. Previously she also worked in the Chicago and Washington, DC, offices and often says, “Come see what we’re saving for you!” Sue has a Master’s degree in 20th-century military history but after 25 years in Seattle thinks of herself as a Western history generalist.

Presidential Libraries

@FDRLibrary, 10-11 a.m. EDT

Bob Clark, the FDR Library’s Deputy Director and Supervisory Archivist will answer your questions.

@IkeLibrary, 10-11 a.m. CDT

Tim Rives, Deputy Director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, will be on hand with archivist Chris Abraham.

@LBJLibrary, noon to 5 pm EDT

Liza Talbot is a digital archivist at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, TX, where her reference responsibilities include questions about President Johnson and politics, speeches, and science. She also works to make the LBJ Library’s holdings–especially the spectacular photo, audio, and video collections–available on the web for everyone to use. Liza has a BA in History and English from Oberlin College and an MSIS in Archives and Digital Libraries and from the University of Texas, and she is very interested these days in Public History on the web; she created the LBJ Time Machine blog ( to experiment with telling stories in new ways.

@CarterLibrary, 8:30-10:30 am, 1:30-3 pm EDT

8:30-10:30 a.m. Ryan Rutkowski is an archivist at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. At the Carter Library, he processes records, responds to research requests, and assists the AV Archivist with her projects. In his eight years as an archivist (3 years with Carter), Ryan have developed skills in the areas of archives and records management, exhibit design, policy creation, and historical research and writing. Ryan received his MA in Public History from Loyola University Chicago.

11:30-12:30 Amanda Pellerin is an archivist at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library working mainly with the foreign relations materials in the collections. Amanda also has responsibilities in digital projects at the Carter Library including the ongoing processing of oral history collections. She has worked in the archival profession for 10 years (4 years with Carter) gaining experience in processing sensitive collections, donor relations, outreach initiatives, and policy development. She has a Masters in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University and Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Valdosta State University.

@WJCLibrary, 9 am-noon CDT

A group of archivists from the William J. Clinton Presidential Library will be available to answer questions: Brittany Gerke, Racheal Carter-Ragan, Jamie Metrailer, Kara Ellis, Kim Coryat, and Whitney Ross.

@bush41library, 10-11 am CDT

Michelle Bogart is a certified archivist with an MSIS in archives. She has worked in collecting and administrative archives and has been at the Bush Library for five years.

Image: An Archives staff member in the 1930sshows off the cellulose acetate used for the lamination of documents. (64-NA-464; National Archives Identifier 3493252)

Fanmix Master List

For anyone interested, these are all the fanmixes created by you wonderful followers:


  1. Brandi Carlile - “The Story”
  2. Georgia Satellites - “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”
  3. Mountain - “Mississippi Queen”
  4. Florence + the Machine - “Strangeness and Charm”
  5. Goo Goo Dolls - “Iris”
  6. Natalie Merchant - “My Skin”
  7. Nina Simon - “I Want A Little Sugar in My Bowl”
  8. Reba McEntire - “Fancy”
  9. Ego Likeness - “I Live on What’s Left”
  10. Incubus - “Southern Girl”
  11. Pat Monahan - “Her Eyes”
  12. Lady Gaga - “You and I”
  13. Janis Joplin - “Piece of My Heart”
  14. Kill Hannah - “Lips Like Morphine”
  15. Lita Ford - “Kiss Me Deadly”
  16. Better Than Ezra - “A Southern Thing”


  1. Sheryl Crow - “Strong Enough”
  2. Imagine Dragons - “Demons”
  3. Garbage - “Stroke of Luck”
  4. HIM - “Razorblade Kiss”
  5. Tori Amos - “A Sorta Fairytale”
  6. John Legend - “All of Me”
  7. Lady Antebellum - “Need You Now”
  8. Sick Puppies - “Poison”
  9. Lana Del Rey - “Blue Jeans”
  10. John Mayer - “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room”
  11. P!nk featuring Nate Ruess - “Just Give Me a Reason”
  12. Jeff Buckley - “Hallelujah”
  13. The Civil Wars - “The One That Got Away”
  14. Better Than Ezra - “Hey Love”
  15. Frank Sinatra - “Luck Be a Lady”


  1. Florence + the Machine - “Howl”
  2. Leona Lewis - “Hurt”
  3. Better Than Ezra - “The Killer Inside”
  4. Former Vandal - “War”
  5. Eddie Veddie - “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”
  6. Kelly Clarkson - “Dark Side”
  7. Apoptgyma Berzerk - “Lost in Translation”
  8. Brandie Carlile - “Downpour”
  9. Kenna - “Phantom Always”
  10. Ray LaMontagne - “Let It Be Me”
  11. Liz Phair - “Support System”
  12. Nine Inch Nails - “Closer”
  13. The Civil Wars - “Poison & Wine”
  14. Stabbing Westward - “Inside You”


  1. Placebo - “Begin the End”
  2. Natalie Imbruglia - “Torn”
  3. Leela James - “A Change Is Gonna Come”
  4. Daft Punk - “Something About Us”
  5. Jessie J - “Magnetic”
  6. VNV Nation - “In Defiance”
  7. The Cranberries - “Zombie”
  8. Florence + the Machine - “Only If For A Night”
  9. Depeche Mode - “The Sinner In Me”
  10. Ingrid Michaelson - “Are We There Yet?”
  11. Rachael Yamagata - “The Only Fault”
  12. Vienna Teng - “Recessional”
  13. David Bowie - “Heroes”
  14. MC Hammer - “U Can’t Touch This”

Rogue Family

  1. Gillian Welch - “No One Knows My Name”
  2. Soul Asylum - “Runaway Train”
  3. The Dresden Dolls - “Girl Anachronism”
  4. Garbage - “Happy Home”
  5. Glee Cast - “Get it Right”
  6. Better than Ezra - “Beautiful Mistake”
  7. Dolly Parton - “Silver Dagger”
  8. Avicii - “Hey Brother”
  9. Gary Numan - “My Last Day”
  10. Vienna Teng - “The Tower”
  11. Miranda Lambert - “Gunpowder & Lead”
  12. Country Heroes - “Friends in Low Places”
  13. Within Temptation - “Stand My Ground”
  14. Lydia - “A Fine Evening for a Rogue”


  1. “Imagine” (Prof. X)
  2. “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” (Cyclops)
  3. “The Scientist” (Beast)
  4. “Dark Angel” (Archangel)
  5. “Rise Like a Phoenix” (Jean Grey)
  6. “New Zero” (Iceman)
  7. “With a Wonder and a Wild Desire” (Banshee)
  8. “Beautiful” (Storm)
  9. “Grace” (Nightcrawler)
  10. “Metal Heart” (Colossus)
  11. “One Girl Revolution” (Shadowcat)
  12. “Nuclear” (Magneto)
  13. “Turning Japanese” (Psylocke)
  14. “Anna Marie” (Rogue)
  15. “Scream Where My Heart Should Be” (Jubilee)
  16. “Postcard from Paris” (Gambit)
  17. “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” (Emma Frost)
  18. “Veteran” (X-23)
  19. “Doppelganger” (Mystique)
  20. “Run” (Quicksilver)
  21. “Spellwork” (Scarlet Witch)
  22. “Bigmouth Strikes Again” (Deadpool)

Age of Apocalypse

  1. Apocalyptica - “Hope”
  2. Evanescence - “Lost in Paradise”
  3. 30 Seconds to Mars - “Hurricane”
  4. The Smashing Pumpkins - “The End is the Beginning is the End”
  5. The Prodigy - “Breathe”
  6. Daft Punk - “Tron Legacy (End Credits)”
  7. Nine Inch Nails - “March of the Pigs”
  8. VNV Nation - “Kingdom”
  9. De/Vision - “Hope Won’t Die”
  10. Gene - “Sleep Well Tonight”
  11. Nirvana - “Something in the Way”
  12. R.E.M. - “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel FIne)”
  13. Apocalyptica - “Hope Vol. 2”