A recent issue of the journal Aggression & Violent Behavior features Professor Adam Lankford’s research into fame-seeking rampage shooters. He establishes that, although the phenomenon has been noted for forty years, it appears to have become more common in recent decades as fame has become revered as the ultimate form of prestige-bearing success and the distinction between fame and infamy wanes. The United States seems to have a disproportionate number of these offenders. Research also reveals that significant differences exist between fame-seeking offenders and other offenders, including the shooters’ age and number of victims.
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