School shooting researcher Joseph Lieberman no relation to the Senator says he predicted a horrendous school shooting like the one at Virginia Tech in his book The Shooting Game: The Making Of School Shooters (Seven Locks Press), and says the recent massacre has eerily similar parallels to other college shootings.
Lieberman believes the gunman, Cho Seung-Hui, exhibited a common school attacker pattern called extinction behavior, where he felt rejected from society and wanted to get back at the world in the worst way possible by shooting innocent people.
He also says most murderers with this sentiment kill a loved one prior to going on a larger rampage, much like Seung-Hui is said to have killed his girlfriend in the initial dorm room incident.
Says Lieberman: In the 1966 University of Texas tower shooting, Charles Whitman killed his mother and wife before attacking the school and Seung-Huis order of murder is very similar. Both of them premeditated the attacks, destroyed people close to them, and were severely depressed.
Lieberman warns that all threats should be taken seriously, at all times on campuses, and hopes people finally begin to understand the patterns of school shootings.
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