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Mind of a Rampage Killer

Season 40 Episode 8 | 52m 53s

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? Can science in any way help us understand these horrific events and provide any clues as to how to prevent them in the future?

Aired: 02/19/13 | Expires: 12/17/15
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