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Las Vegas First Responders Deal With Emotional Aftermath of Mass Shooting

The sickening thuds of bodies hitting the concrete, the sound of bullets whistling by, the blood — these are the memories from the Las Vegas mass shooting that Glen Simpson fears will be forever with him.

Simpson, an advanced emergency medical technician for Community Ambulance, was one of the 16 EMTs working alongside off-duty firefighters at the Oct. 1 country music festival when the shooting began.

For Simpson and many of the other first responders who rushed to the horrific scene, the nightmare is far from over.

“When I close my eyes, I’m paranoid,” Simpson told NBC News shortly after the Oct. 1 shooting. “It’s been difficult to sleep at night. And on top of processing what my team’s been going through, I have to process that one of my friends that I’d been texting the entire weekend was among the dead.”

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Howard Unruh’s 1949 “Walk of Death,” the first modern mass shooting.

Howard Unruh’s 1949 “Walk of Death” through Camden, New Jersey, left 13 dead and three injured. Contemporaneous accounts of his “berserk” rampage—most notable among them the extensively syndicated, Pulitzer Prize–winning account from the New York Times’ Meyer Berger—are colorful, cinematic, and intensely visual. These pieces were designed less to soberly inform than to titillate and transport. In his detailed breakdown of how the “Walk of Death” unfolded—the circuit involved Unruh’s mother’s house, a cobbler, a tailor, a barber, a neighborhood restaurant, a druggist, and a stranger’s apartment—Berger offers up narrative minutiae he can’t possibly know. “He [Unruh] took one last look around his bedroom before he left the house,” we read. This vivid voiceover doubles as a transition into the ghastly décor Unruh presumably sees: “Scattered about the chamber were machetes, a Roy Rogers pistol, ashtrays made of German Shells, clips of 30-30 cartridges for rifle use and a

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A scary turn: Las Vegas may be first mass shooting using an automatic weapon

But video from the attack suggests Paddock may have used at least one fully automatic rifle, marking the first time such a weapon has been wielded by a public mass shooter in the United States, experts said.

“I really can’t recall another case where one has been used,” said James Alan Fox, a Northeastern University criminologist who studies mass shooters and believes Paddock was armed with an automatic weapon when he killed at least 59 people and set off chaos that injured more than 500.

“It doesn’t take that much imagination to know what automatic gunfire sounds like,” Fox added. “Anyone who has seen a war movie or an ‘Untouchables’ episode knows what it sounds like.”

To Fox and others, the Las Vegas rampage represents

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The first mass shooting in US history

On September 6, 1949, Howard Unruh murdered 13 people in downtown Philadelphia. It’s considered the first mass shooting in US history. Tragically, it wasn’t the last. From a 2015 article about Unruh in Smithsonian:

In a few hours, on the morning of Tuesday, September 6, Unruh would embark upon his “Walk of Death,” murdering 13 people and wounding three others in a 20-minute rampage before being hauled off by police after a dangerous firefight. A somewhat forgotten man outside of criminology circles and local old-timers, Unruh was an early chapter in the tragically-all-too-familiar American story of an angry man with a gun, inflicting carnage…

“There have been notorious killers since America was founded, but you didn’t have the mass shooting phenomenon before Unruh’s time because people didn’t have access to semi-automatic weaponry,” says Harold Schechter, a true crime novelist who has written about

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FX unveils first teaser for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Gunshots pierce the silence around an idyllic Miami mansion as doves take flight in the first teaser for FX’s upcoming miniseries The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

The second season of the American Horror Story sister series, Versace will tell the story surrounding the 1997 murder of a monumentally influential fashion designer. Versace was fifty years old when he was gunned down outside of his home as the fifth and final victim of spree killer Andrew Cunanan, and the short teaser for the new series features an offscreen portrayal of that moment. 

Zoomed in on the gates of the designer’s house, now a luxury hotel called the Villa Casa Casuarina, the teaser starts with what seems to be a portrait of walled-off luxury, before the crack of two gunshots is heard from somewhere close nearby. According to Variety, the series will begin with the designer’s murder before working backward to establish

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FX unveils first teaser for The Assassination of Gianni Versace …

Gunshots pierce the silence around an idyllic Miami mansion as doves take flight in the first teaser for FX’s upcoming miniseries The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

The second season of the American Horror Story sister series, Versace will tell the story surrounding the 1997 murder of a monumentally influential fashion designer. Versace was fifty years old when he was gunned down outside of his home as the fifth and final victim of spree killer Andrew Cunanan, and the short teaser for the new series features an offscreen portrayal of that moment. 

Zoomed in on the gates of the designer’s house, now a luxury hotel called the Villa Casa Casuarina, the teaser starts with what seems to be a portrait of walled-off luxury, before the crack of two gunshots is heard from somewhere close nearby. According to Variety, the series will begin with the designer’s murder before working backward to establish

Read more at: http://www.looper.com/84493/fx-unveils-first-teaser-assassination-gianni-versace-american-crime-story/

Great-great-grandson of America’s first serial killer who slaughtered up to 200 in his hotel claims he could have …

THE great-great-grandson of America’s first serial killer who slaughtered up to 200 people inside his hotel has claimed he could have been Jack the Ripper.

Dr HH Holmes massacred visitors from out of town – drawn to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair – inside his specially-built “Castle of Horrors”.

Dr HH Holmes is believed to have killed up to 200 people in the 1890s

Dr HH Holmes is believed to have killed up to 200 people in the 1890s

The terrifying building was filled with secret passageways, fake walls, and trapdoors which he could use to ambush his victims and dispose of their bodies.

One chilling room featured a dissecting table, stretching rack and industrial oven.

Other rooms were soundproofed and connected by pipes to a gas tank in the basement.

Holmes used the apparatus to gas some guests using controls in his bedroom, while

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Mourners Mark First Anniversary of Pulse Nightclub Mass Shooting

Artist Yuriy Karabash hugs a family member of a victim of the shooting in front of his mural that commemorates the one-year anniversary at the memorial service for victims of the mass shooting at Pulse.

The mural features the 49 victims placed in individual rainbow colored hearts. Hand prints of first responders, along with the victims’ closest friends and relatives, are placed around the paintings of the victims to give remembrance and pay respects.

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