Overkill pp 221-236 | Cite as

Going Berserk

  • James Alan Fox
  • Jack Levin


Most mass killers target people they know—family members, friends, or coworkers—in order to settle a score, to get even with the particular individuals whom they hold accountable for their problems. Others seek revenge against a certain class or category of people who are suspected of receiving an unfair advantage. But a few revenge-motivated mass murders stem from the killers’ paranoid view of society at large. They imagine a wide-ranging conspiracy in which large numbers of people, friends and strangers alike, are out to do them harm.


Shopping Mall Serial Killer Mass Murder Mass Killer Assault Rifle 
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© James Alan Fox and Jack Levin 1994

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  • James Alan Fox
  • Jack Levin

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