Economy Sparked Recent Killing Sprees: Experts

57 kllled in mass murders in past month
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2009 9:57 AM CDT
Economy Sparked Recent Killing Sprees: Experts
In this March 29, 2009 file photo, investigators are at the scene where a gunman opened fire at a nursing home that morning, killing at least six people and wounding several others in Carthage, NC.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

With mass murderers having gunned down some 57 people in the last month, many observers say the troubled economy may be triggering the increase in such attacks, the Washington Post reports. “It could be the loss of a job, the loss of a lot of money in the stock market, the loss of a relationship,” says an expert. “There are simply more catastrophic losses than there were when the economy was in good shape.”

In just more than 2 days last week, an immigrant killed 13 people plus himself at an upstate New York immigration center, a recently discharged Marine killed three cops in Pittsburgh, and a man whose marriage was failing killed five of his kids. “The economic pie is shrinking,” notes another criminologist. “There's a combination of feeling despair and hopelessness at the same time as a certain degree of anger and blame.”
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