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October 10, 2002

Is Anyone Asking These Questions?

Is Anyone Asking These Questions?

So far the majority of thought on the Maryland shootings have assumed that choice of victims has been random. That's maybe correct, but is anyone asking questions under the assumption that it might not be? I think the evidence as it is now points to a pair of disaffected loners, not one.

There are persistent reports of two men involved in the shootings. What we know of serial murderers and spree killers argue against this, since they tend to be loners. This may be why profiling experts are having such trouble with the case. However, there are at least two cases of spree killings committed by pairs of murderers, those of Charles Starkweather & Caril Fugate and Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. In each case, some murders were random, but others were not.

What if it's not terrorists, or a older loner with respect issues. What if this is a pair of teenagers who looked at Columbine and thought "We can do better than that."

James Martin, the first victim of the apparent Maryland spree killer, was a Vietnam vet and a Boy Scout troop leader. I don't know the # of the troop he led, nor have I been able to determine how long he had been involved in scouting. At least one troop in the are of Silver Spring, where he lived, has a hunting program. Could he have taught the shooter, or shooters?

He lived about 23 miles from Benjamin Tasker Middle School. Why would the shooter pick that particular school? Could he have attended? Was any student there ever a member of James Martin's Boy Scout Troop? Has anyone asked the staff at Benjamin Tasker, "If you had to pick two kids who would return here and shoot up the place, who would you pick?"

James Buchanan was an volunteer at the local Boys and Girls Club. He also lived about 23 miles from Benjamin Tasker Middle School. Did any alumni of that school ever attend that club?

Lots of comic book stores sell tarot cards. Has anyone called them?

The above story on the profiling difficulties also talks about the hours of the killings;

Except for a nighttime slaying of an elderly man on a Washington street corner and, if it is linked, this latest shooting, the killer has kept banker's hours—a shooting spree in the mornings and afternoons late last week, off for the weekend, then back at 8:09 Monday morning.

Most of the white vans one sees are worker's vans. Could it be that the killings take place at the times the do because the van is being used for legitimate purposes from 9 to 5? Does someone need to get it back before one of his parents goes out to do maintenance or construction work?

I think the evidence points not to one disaffected loner, but to two disaffected youths, from a lower middle or working class background, former scouts and possible high school dropouts. Certainly they exist on the fringes of the social mainstream in whatever school they attend or did attend.

I've been wrong before, though. Wouldn't mind being wrong this time either, as at least that would mean we've caught someone.

Posted by Bigwig at October 10, 2002 11:55 AM | TrackBack
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