What makes a person walk into a theater or a church or a classroom full of students and open fire? What combination of circumstances compels a human being to commit the most inhuman of crimes? NOVA correspondent Miles O'Brien separates fact from fiction, investigating new theories that the most destructive rampage killers are driven most of all, not by the urge to kill, but the wish to die. Could suicide and the desire to go out in a media-fueled blaze of glory be the main motivation?
In a week-long series of specials, PBS attempts to find the answers.
NOVA: MIND OF A RAMPAGE KILLER...8pm, followed by
PATH TO VIOLENCE...9pm