For my recently released novel, MELTDOWN, I did extensive Meltdown3highresearch on individuals responsible for mass killings. As you can imagine, the killers possess similar traits. Nothing is more striking than their desire for notoriety. Yes, they want the nation and the world to know who they are. Most have a website, journal, manifesto or Facebook page used for the purpose of revealing their convictions and spewing their hatred for mankind and/or the government. Shooters feel they must voice their frustrations with their personal lives and society as a whole. For example, Timothy McVeigh’s motivation for the Oklahoma City bombing was his protest to the overreach of federal authorities in the standoff and consequential killings of white separatists at Ruby Ridge, Idaho and the siege of the Branch Davidians compound at Waco, Texas. Before his 2013 shooting rampage, former police officer Christopher Dorner, posted his 11-page manifesto on Facebook explaining his reasoning for going deadly against the LAPD.
In MELTDOWN, army veteran, Jared Bolten, revels in the fact that after he uses a high-powered rifle to take out as many victims as possible, his name will be in newspapers worldwide. He envisions his “letter to America” going viral. Killing innocents was his way of bringing attention to his message.
As long as we give active shooters a voice and plaster their photo and name across every news media imaginable, we are playing right into their hands. I say NO MORE. Instead we should focus on the victims and pay homage to their lives. What do you think?

About Susan MIlls Wilson

Susan Mills Wilson is a native of North Carolina where she writes romantic suspense. She is the leader of the Charlotte Writers Club Mystery Critique Group and a member of Charlotte Writers Club. Subscribe to Susan’s blog at
This entry was posted in Law Enforcement and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.