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Another Worst Mass Shooting in the United States

At a certain moment in the darkness of Sunday night, Las Vegas, a city
that serves as a monument to the American willingness to suspend
disbelief, became the setting for a macabre performance that we have
seen many times before, one we wish could be permanently cancelled, one
which summons an entirely different sort of disbelief. The first reports in the early hours of Monday announced that an unnamed gunman, firing from a perch high up in the Mandalay Bay hotel, had killed at least
twenty people, at a Jason Aldean concert at an outdoor venue on the
Vegas strip, and injured as many as a hundred more. Aldean now joins

Inside the mind of the Philadelphia area’s worst mass killer

This was originally published on Feb. 26, 2012.

After methodically shooting and killing 13 people in his East Camden neighborhood on Sept. 6, 1949, Howard Unruh fully expected to die in the electric chair or — at best — spend the rest of his life in prison.

What he did not want, he said, was to spend the rest of his days in an asylum.

“… To be declared insane and remain in this building the rest of my life — well, I would rather have the chair,” he is quoted as telling a psychiatrist 17 days after the massacre in a report never before released to the public.

But die he did still a patient at Trenton State Hospital, where he spent the last 60 years of his life as Case No. 47,077, never tried for his

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Las Vegas shooting now tops list of worst mass shootings in US history

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A concertgoer captured the moment a gunman opened fire on an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, killing scores of people and wounding hundreds of others. Country music star Jason Aldean was performing when the gunfire began.
AP

Fourteen months after a deadly shooting spree in Florida set a record for gun violence in the U.S., another brutal rampage has become the new, grim benchmark.

At least 59 people were killed and about 527 were injured when a gunman opened fire Sunday night on people attending a country music festival in Las Vegas. It

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Coping with the worst that can happen | SaukValley.com

What’s the worst that could happen?

Sometimes everyday people mull over that question in response to an everyday situation requiring some sort of decision.

What’s the worst that could happen?

For first responders – the police officers, the firefighters, the emergency medical technicians who stand ready to protect, serve and rescue their fellow human beings – it’s not a hypothetical question.

During their daily shifts, they encounter numerous routine situations on a regular basis.

But sometimes, they will encounter the worst that can happen.

Deadly traffic crashes. Residential fires. Victims injured and maimed.

Or worse.

Senseless beatings. Drownings.

Or worse.

Shootings.

Killings.

The senseless taking of life.

One person’s utter inhumanity toward a fellow human being.

In terrible situations that cause the rest of us to recoil in horror, first responders go forward to do their jobs with professionalism and honor.

Their vital work begins the process of restoring humanity to the scene of inhuman tragedies.

On Monday afternoon in Dixon, one of those inhuman tragedies

Read more at: http://www.saukvalley.com/2017/09/19/coping-with-the-worst-that-can-happen/aui55r5/

Coping with the worst that can happen

What’s the worst that could happen?

Sometimes everyday people mull over that question in response to an everyday situation requiring some sort of decision.

What’s the worst that could happen?

For first responders – the police officers, the firefighters, the emergency medical technicians who stand ready to protect, serve and rescue their fellow human beings – it’s not a hypothetical question.

During their daily shifts, they encounter numerous routine situations on a regular basis.

But sometimes, they will encounter the worst that can happen.

Deadly traffic crashes. Residential fires. Victims injured and maimed.

Or worse.

Senseless beatings. Drownings.

Or worse.

Shootings.

Killings.

The senseless taking of life.

One person’s utter inhumanity toward a fellow human being.

In terrible situations that cause the rest of us to recoil in horror, first responders go forward to do their jobs with professionalism and honor.

Their vital work begins the process of restoring humanity to the scene of inhuman tragedies.

On Monday afternoon in Dixon, one of those inhuman tragedies

Read more at: http://www.saukvalley.com/2017/09/19/coping-with-the-worst-that-can-happen/aui55r5/

‘The face of evil’: Worst mass shooter in Orange County history sentenced to life in prison

A former tugboat captain who carried out Orange County’s worst mass shooting was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison Friday for killing eight people at a Seal Beach salon in 2011.

The sentencing of Scott Evans Dekraai, 47, marked an emotional end to a case that has roiled the county’s criminal justice system amid allegations that authorities used a secret network of jailhouse informants to violate inmates’ constitutional rights.

The so-called snitch scandal led Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals last month to block prosecutors from pursuing the death penalty against Dekraai, ruling that the county’s mishandling of information regarding informants would prevent a fair trial. The decision, which followed lengthy hearings that included testimony from Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, was criticized by law enforcement leaders, who said Dekraai deserves to be executed.

“The criminal justice system here in Orange County has largely failed you,” Goethals said

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Worst Mass Killer in OC History Sentenced to Life in Prison for Shooting, Killing 8 in Seal Beach Beauty Salon

Scott Dekraai, who gunned down his ex-wife and seven other people at a Seal Beach beauty salon, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, ending a legal odyssey that sparked a sweeping probe into the misuse of informants in the Orange County jail system.

Dekraai, the worst mass killer in Orange County history, originally faced the death penalty, but Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals removed capital punishment as an option in response to the prosecutorial misconduct allegations stemming from the snitch scandal.

Dekraai was given eight consecutive life sentences — one for each of his victims — plus an additional 232 years to life.

Goethals tried to reassure victims’ relatives in court that sparing Dekraai the death penalty was not a victory for the defendant. The judge told the courtroom that a maximum-security prison is the “definition of hard time.”

No Death

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Scott Dekraai, Orange County’s worst mass killer, gets life without parole for eight Seal Beach murders

‘The face of evil’: Worst mass shooter in Orange County history …

Lisa Powers will never forget her co-worker’s desperate final words.

The hairdresser was hiding in the bathroom of the Salon Meritage in Seal Beach seconds after Scott Evans Dekraai began to spray the room with bullets, turning the swank parlor into a horror scene.

On the other side of the bathroom door, Dekraai fired round after round and bodies slumped to the floor. Then she heard her colleague Laura Elody pleading for her life.

“ ‘Please stop,’ ” Powers recalled her co-worker saying to the gunman before he shot her dead. “ ‘Don’t do this.’ ”