A potential predictor of mass shootings is suicidality. Dr. Jillian Peterson shared that her latest analysis showed that 80 percent of the perpetrators were suicidal before the shooting, which she says it is key to understanding their actions. “In every case, this was intended to be their final act. They are murders, but they are murder-suicides. … [Read more...]
How suicide prevention may help stop mass killers before they start shooting
The making of a mass shooter: What contributes to a killer opening fire on strangers?
The New Zealand Herald examined findings from The Violence Project's research into potential warning signs of mass shootings. They quote Drs. Peterson and Densley's op-ed in the Los Angeles Times discussing the four common traits between mass shooters. Read their coverage of our findings here. Source: New Zealand Herald Author: Shannon … [Read more...]
Mass Shooters Seek ‘Validation’ For Their Murderous Attacks, Say Experts For DOJ
Many mass shooters are seeking out validation and notoriety for their murderous crimes, according to researchers studying the history of mass shootings for the Justice Department. Perpetrators are inspired by other mass shooters and study previous shootings, so much so that the crimes can become “socially contagious,” Jillian Peterson and James … [Read more...]