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NOVA: Mind of a Rampage Killer

What makes a person walk into a theater or church or classroom and open fire? What combination of circumstances compels a human being to commit the most inhuman of crimes? As the nation tries to comprehend the tragic events in Newtown, NOVA correspondent Miles O'Brien investigates theories that rampage killers are driven most of all by the wish to die, not the urge to kill. Could suicide--and the desire to go out in a media-fueled blaze of glory--be their main motivation? How much can science tell us about a brain at risk for violence? Most important, can we recognize dangerous minds in time to stop the next Newtown?

Source: PBS

Episode Info

Episode number: 40x12
Production Number: 4008
Airdate: Wednesday February 20th, 2013

Director: Miles O'Brien

Alternate Airdates:

UK (PBS AMERICA) Jul 22, 2013

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Guest Hosts
Miles O'Brien
As Himself (Reported by)
Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJulia Cort
Produced ByMiles O'Brien
Edited ByRob Tinworth
Warning: NOVA season 40 episode 12 guide may contain spoilers
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