I DON'T LIKE MONDAYS: Female Rampage Killers: Women Who Kill
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“I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS.” The Famous hit song “I don’t like Mondays” penned by Bob Geldof, was written after the school shootings in San Diego, California, committed by Brenda Spencer. Once she was apprehended and asked why she had done it. Her reply was: “I don’t like Mondays, do you?” When one thinks of spree killers or rampage killers, normally one thinks of a male. Men such as the Aurora Colorado Movie Theater James Eagan Holmes, Seung-Hui Cho Virginia Tech Massacre, Columbine school killers Eric David Bennet and Dylan Bennet Klebold, Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the 20011 massacre at a summer camp in Norway, by Anders Behring Breivik to name just a few. Yet, women have also committed these crimes just not in such large numbers as men. Welcome to the world of the Female Rampage Killer.
their daughter. Meanwhile, the divorce negotiations were exceedingly acrimonious, with Laurie claiming that Russell was abusive. Over the following months, the police were called to investigate various incidents. In April of 1986, Laurie accused Russell of breaking into and vandalizing her parents' house where she was then living. On May 10th, 1986, Laurie purchased a .357 Smith & Wesson Magnum from a gun shop in Glenview. The store’s clerk remembered Laurie as being pretty and flirtatious.
committed her rampage. If Brenda is granted parole, is this the house she will return to? Wallace Spencer has usually maintained a public silence about Brenda’s crime other than saying, "I was devastated. It blew me away. I fell apart myself. I don't feel responsible. I love my daughter, and I want to see her get out of there and be able to take care of herself. I don't know. I can't explain why she did it." Since Brenda’s rampage that cold January day, similar headlines and news reports have
sidewalk for another 322 feet and then onto Virginia Street, where it crossed to the southbound lane and halted two blocks later, stuck behind traffic at a red traffic light on Fifth Street. The carnage of body parts, ripped clothing, street signs, injured, and dead lying in the gutter and on the sidewalk resembled a war zone. It took only a couple of minutes for Priscilla to drive the five blocks but in that time, she killed five people and seriously injured twenty-four. A woman tourist from
he/she is sought after as a fugitive, commits suicide, or is shot while committing the crime. To try and understand the mind of a spree /rampage killer, try imagining yourself committing this kind of heinous crime in a public school or other public place. The majority of us can sooner imagine being among the dead or injured rather than being the killer—which just demonstrates the complexity and rarity of the killer’s mind. When one thinks of spree killers or rampage killers, normally one thinks
you. I hope you starve, motherfucker. I don't like that feeling, but that's the way it is.” The District justice ordered her to be held in jail without bail until the preliminary hearing, which was set for November 7th. By the next day, the story of the rampage was in all the papers, most notably The Philadelphia Inquirer and on all the television stations. Ruth Seegrist gave an interview to reporters informing them that Sylvia had been diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of fifteen and