Fame-seeking rampage shooters: Initial findings and empirical predictions

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2016
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Pergamon
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Increasingly in America, fame is revered as the ultimate form of prestige-bearing success, and the distinction between fame and infamy seems to be disappearing. In this context, some rampage shooters succumb to "delusions of grandeur" and seek fame and glory through killing. The present study offers initial findings on the behavior of fame-seeking rampage shooters, and then tests for differences between offenders who explicitly sought fame and other offenders. The results suggest that fame-seeking rampage shooters have existed for more than 40 years, but they are more common in recent decades and in the United States than in other countries. On average, fame seeking offenders appear younger than other rampage shooters, and they kill and wound significantly more victims. Several empirical predictions are made about the expected frequency and characteristics of future rampage shootings. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Rampage shooters, Mass shooters, Fame, Infamy, Celebrity culture, AMERICAN-DREAM, MASS MURDER, DARK SIDE, SCHOOL, GOAL, WORKPLACE, SHOOTINGS, STRAIN, Criminology & Penology, Psychology, Multidisciplinary, Psychology
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Lankford, A. (2016). Fame-seeking rampage shooters: Initial findings and empirical predictions. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 27, 122-129. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2016.02.002