"I killed because people like me are mistreated every day, I did this to show society: Push us and we will push back."
Luke Woodham, 16, worshipped Adolph Hitler, perhaps because it made him feel powerful in light of the bullying he received from classmates in Pearl, Mississippi. When his girlfriend broke up with him, he went into a rage. He slashed and stabbed his mother that morning, then went to school with a rifle and a pistol. Right away he killed his former girlfriend and then another girl. Yet he didn’t stop there. Seven other students were wounded before he ran out of ammunition. He returned to his car for his other gun, and that’s where the assistant principal disarmed him. He complained that the world had wronged him and he just couldn’t take it anymore.
"I killed because people like me are mistreated every day," he said. "I did this to show society: Push us and we will push back."
Two members of his group devoted to Hitler were charged as accessories to murder, and others were arrested on the basis of a conspiracy, but those charges were later dismissed. Woodham claimed at trial that he’d been possessed by demons that were manipulated by a member of his group.