NOVA: Mind Of A Rampage Killer
Airs Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at 9 p.m. & Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV
Monday, February 18, 2013
What makes a person walk into a theater or church or classroom and open fire? What combination of circumstances compels a human being to commit the most inhuman of crimes? As the nation tries to comprehend the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, NOVA correspondent Miles O’Brien investigates theories into what drives rampage killers in "Mind Of A Rampage Killer."
Could suicide — and the desire to go out in a media-fueled blaze of glory — be their main motivation?
How much can science tell us about a brain at risk for violence? Most important, can we recognize dangerous minds in time to stop the next Newtown?
How Do We Perceive Risk?
On Sunday, December 16, 2012, two Topeka Kansas police officers were shot to death while investigating a suspicious vehicle, a Mississippi man was shot to death in a road rage-related incident, and five other shooting deaths were being investigated in New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois.
Eight people murdered by guns in one day. But you probably didn't hear anything about them, nor about most of the other 15,000 Americans shot to death in 2012. Why not? And why are we hearing so much more about the shooting two days earlier of 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut?
The complex and nuanced answer tells us a lot about the emotional way we perceive and respond to risk, both as individuals and as a society. Read the full article by David Ropeik.