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Going Postal

From today’s edition of the NSFW Corp:

The early news reports made Jeffrey Johnson out to be a deranged monster: After pumping five bullets into the supervisor who’d fired him from his job at the Empire State Building, Johnson supposedly went on a wild shooting rampage out on 5th Avenue, firing randomly at innocent bystanders, wounding nine before cops took him down using their anti-terrorism training. (more…)

Posted on: August 26th, 2012 | Comments (118)

The Brutal Life Of One L. Goh & The Making Of A “Going Postal” Rampage Murderer

The depressingly familiar dead-end life that One L. Goh found himself in — surrounded by petty scams as revealed in the ex-staffer’s lawsuit and the bleak performance of the school’s graduates, combined with the back-to-back deaths of two family members — could make a lot of sane people desperate and enraged and suicidal…

Posted on: April 9th, 2012 | Comments (145)

River’s Edge Redux: Interview With Jared Lee Loughner’s Tucson Friends

A year ago this week, a 22-year old Army reject with a shaved head and a 9mm opened rapid-fire on a Congressional meet-and-greet outside a Tucson shopping mall, killing six and wounding 14, including a non-fatal headshot against Democratic Rep….

Posted on: January 10th, 2012 | Comments (65)

Two Gun Enthusiasts Answer “Why The Glock?”

A huge number of “going postal” rampage massacres that I’ve studied feature Glocks, including last Saturday’s assassination-rampage in Tucson. What is it about the Austrian-made handgun that makes it such a favorite of rampage killers, not to mention narco-gang-bangers and…

Posted on: January 13th, 2011 | Comments (78)

“Mark at the Mic”: Mark Ames on the Dylan Ratigan Show talking about Giffords Assassination-Rampage, Decline & Inequality

Mark Ames was back on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show yesterday talking about the Tuscon assassination-rampage murder, the degeneration of America’s political class and how growing inequality makes everything and everyone shittier. To quote eXiled hero Charles Portis, “We’re weaker…

Posted on: January 12th, 2011 | Comments (33)

Is the Arizona Shooting A New Kind of American Murder?

This story was first published in Vanity Fair. Saturday’s shooting in Tucson, Arizona, has been variously described as an “assassination” and a “shooting rampage”—but which one is it? This may seem like a semantic quibble, but what occurred in that…

Posted on: January 10th, 2011 | Comments (41)

The Paranoid States Of America: 12-Year-Old Girl Arrested For Doodling…A Week After 25 High Schoolers Arrested For Food Fight…

File this under “Seriously Fucked Up”: While most of America has been hiding under the covers afraid they might have to confront the ghost of Joe Stack, shooing him away by pretending he was something else–”He was a Tea Bagger!”/”He…

Posted on: February 23rd, 2010 | Comments (51)

Murder Rampage In The “Perfect Petri Dish of Capitalism”: Tom Delay, Free Trade & “Going Postal” In Sapian

The American “going postal” virus just spread to the U.S. territories in the South Pacific, after a gunman killed 4 people and wounded at least 8, including a group of South Korean tourists, before blowing his brains out at the…

Posted on: November 20th, 2009 | Comments (14)

Fort Hood Massacre: A Brief History Of American Violence

This article was first published in Alternet. It’s hard to pinpoint what’s the most shocking thing about Major Malik Nadal Hasan’s shooting rampage in Fort Hood, Texas. I’ll start with this: there’s nothing all that ground-breaking about it. Happens all…

Posted on: November 6th, 2009 | Comments (69)

Why Jim Badasci ‘Went Postal’: How Bullying Bosses and Economic Devastation Are Behind America’s Latest Workplace Shooting

This article first appeared in Alternet. There was another workplace rampage killing last week, just outside of Fresno, California, leaving two company employees dead and the other employees grateful to be alive. Fresno, like so much of unofficial America, is…

Posted on: September 28th, 2009 | Comments (15)