Twenty-three year old Heather Lyons was arrested on August 15, 2016 on a threat to bomb/hijack with serious public harm charge after telling her therapist she intended to commit a Columbine-style shooting at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she worked as a food service vendor. Police found a detailed plan to commit mass murder in her journal titled “Natural Selection,” which included floor plans of the campus center at WPI, sketches of propane tanks and pipe bombs, the clothes she planned to wear and notes on where she could store ammunition, as well as a specific timeline for the event, modeling the diversion bomb idea from Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Her journal also included a hit list of 11 current and former co-workers, along with past classmates. Although Lyons didn’t possess any bomb-making materials or weapons, she was sure of what she wanted, telling police she needed six bombs, a Glock-style handgun, and you guessed it, a pump-action shotgun. Lyons’ therapist describes her as someone with poor impulse control and judgement, which her mother seconds, adding she “may want to go out in a blaze of glory” like the Columbine shooters.

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The last messages sent from Eddie Justice, an accountant, to his mother. Eddie was hiding in the bathroom of Pulse nightclub in Orlando when he sent these terrified text messages to his mother. Omar Mateen barricaded himself inside the nightclub in the early morning hours of 12 June, 2016. Once inside, he senselessly murdered 50 people and injured another 50+. Not long after these texts were sent by Eddie, Mateen stormed into the bathroom where he was hiding and shot him dead.

One of the most haunting scenes from the September 11 attacks was the scene of those who chose to jump to their imminent deaths rather than wait for death inside the burning building. Almost all of them jumped alone but there were a few witnesses who claim a couple were holding hands as they jumped. One woman was seen to hold down her skirt in an attempt to protect her modesty before jumping to her death. Those who jumped from the World Trade Centre are often known as the forgotten victims of  September 11 due to the fact that nobody knows for sure who they are and even more tragically, few seem to want to know - the media and American establishment were reluctant to dwell on those who ended their lives this way and posted very few photos and only briefly mentioned them in news articles. It is estimated that at least 200 people ended their lives this way and the jumping began shortly after the first air plane hit at 8:46AM and continued for the 102 minutes that the north tower stood.

Click here to watch the documentary, “The Falling Man.”

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Omar Eduardo Rivera is visually impaired, and, until September 11, 2001, he worked as a computer programmer on the 71st floor of the World Trade Center with his guide dog, Dorado. The two were at work when the plane hit. Rivera thought that there was no way he would be able to make it down the stairs fast enough so he put his dog, Dorardo, first. He unleashed Dorado, gave him a hug, and ordered him to go - “I thought I was lost forever—the noise and the heat were terrifying—but I had to give Dorado the chance of escape.” In the rush of what was going on, Dorado was swept away but within minutes, Dorado had found his way back to Rivera and stood right by his side. He refused to leave his owner behind. The two slowly made their way down the stairs - Dorado guiding his owner with the help of one co-worker who saw them struggling. It took them an hour to get down to the first floor and within moments, the tower collapsed. Rivera declares that he owes his life to his loyal best friend, Dorado.

On 22 October, 2015, 21-year-old Anton Lundin Pettersson, entered Kronan School in Trollhättan, Sweden, armed with a sword. He proceeded to attack young students, killing a 17-year-old and wounding other younger students, who currently remain in the hospital. He then reportedly posed for the photo above with two students, who were unaware of what just happened and believed it to be a Halloween joke. A teacher saw the commotion and came out to tell him to go away or take his costume off as he is scaring the children - he responded by stabbing the teacher to death. Authorities were quickly alerted and shot him dead after he ran at them with the sword. It has been reported that he had very right-wing extremist views and had visited neo-Nazi websites.