The Worldwide Youth Crime Explosion
ISBN: 0753507153
256 pages: November 2002
True Crime: Virgin Books

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Experts agree that teen alienation has reached epidemic proportions, especially in rural and semi-rural areas of the US. In the last two decades, the once hallowed school grounds have metastasized into the killing fields for the bullied and the disenfranchised. And since the Columbine massacre, school rampages have gone international with attacks in Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Bosnia and Japan.

Why are kids worldwide setting on deadly rampages against their teachers and classmates? Why are children in the UK using guns to rob and terrorise? Why did a Japanese 13-year old schoolboy murder his teacher in a frenzied knife attack? Why are gun-totting juveniles in Colombia working as hitmen for drug lords? Why are the young running amok? Antonio Mendoza, author and creator of Mayhem.Net, investigates this growing phenomenon and calls for a rethink on the global teenage crimewave.

Table of Content

  Schoolyard Killers
Lock and Load - Experts agree that teen alienation has reached epidemic proportions. And it's not just other people's kids pulling the trigger. In the last two decades, the schoolyard massacre has metastasized into something horrifyingly commonplace. Throughout the United States, the once hallowed school grounds have become the killing fields for the bullied and the disenfranchised.

  The Hit List
High School Confidential - In the late 1990s, school rampages dominated the national headlines. Yet the rampage timeline shows that since 1974 gun violence in schools has been on the rise. Most attacks occurred in the United Schools and were perpetrated by white teen and pre-teen boys. However, since Columbine, school massacres have taken an international flair with attacks in Canada, The Netherlands, Germany and Bosnia.

  I Don't Like Mondays
Brenda Spencer - On January 29, 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine when she fired from her house across the street onto the entrance of San Diego's Grover Cleveland Elementary School with a .22-caliber rifle her father gave her for Christmas. When asked why she did it, she responded: "I just don't like Mondays."

  Jeremy Spoke in Class Today
Barry Loukaitis - On September 2, 1996, Barry Loukaitis, a 14-year-old honor student in Moses Lake, Washington, broke into algebra class with a high-powered rifle and shot three students and their teacher. Two of the students and the teacher died. During his trial JoAnn Phillips, Barry's mom, told the jury her son was driven to massacre his classmates by the Pearl Jam song, "Jeremy."

  Satan's Hitman
Luke Woodham - After slitting his mother's throat, Luke Woodham drove to his school, Pearl High, where he tried to shoot down as many students as he could. When the smoke cleared, two students were dead and seven others were wounded. Luke blamed it on demonic voices in his head. Society blamed him instead.

  The Exterminating Angel
Michael Carneal - Two months after Woodham's rampage, Michael Carneal, a self-avowed atheist, fired on a prayer circle in Heath High in Paducah, Kentucky, killing three students and wounding five others. Friends said that Carneal had heckled at the prayer group in previous occasions, but on this time he waited for the group to say amen before blowing them away.

  The Pint-Sized Rambos
Mitchell Johnson & Andrew Golden - Dressed in camouflage, Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden, 11, coordinated a sniper attack on female classmates -- killing five -- after triggering the school's fire alarm and waiting for the exiting students. Apparently, Mitchell was recently dumped by his girlfriend. A day before the massacre, the jilted 13-year-old warned friends, "he had a lot of killing to do."

  Just Kill Me
Kipland Kinkel - A day after being expelled from school for bringing a loaded gun to class, 15-year-old Kipland Kinkel returned to Thurston High in Springfield, Oregon, and opened fire in the cafeteria. Two students died and 22 others were wounded by the gunfire and the stampede that followed. When other students wrestled him to the ground he begged, "Just kill me."

  High School Armageddon
Dylan Klebold & Eric Harris - Armed to their teeth with two sawed-off shotguns, a .9 mm carbine rifle and TEC-DC9 semiautomatic pistol, and several homemade bombs, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, unleashed a perfectly coordinated assault on Columbine High, outside Denver, Colorado, leaving behind 15 people dead, including themselves, and 24 wounded.

Robert Steinhaeuser - After being expelled from school, Robert Steinhaeuser, the Erfurt Terminator, returned to the halls of the Johann Gutenberg Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany, to spread carnage. Wearing a black ninja outfit and a sky mask, Steinhaeuser hunted down his former teachers with pinpoint accuracy, killing 13 teachers, two students and a female police officer before pumping a bullet through his head.

  The Angel of Death
David Attias - College freshman David Edward Attias has been charged with four counts of murder for intentionally ramming his black Saab into a crowd of partying University of California Santa Barbara students, killing four people. After the crash, Attias was filmed pacing and bouncing around the crime scene yelling, "I am the Angel of Death."

  The Vampire Clan
Blood Sucking Maniacs - On November 29, 1996, four teens and an adult from a self-described "Vampire Clan" in Kentucky were arrested in Baton Rouge, La., for bludgeoning to death a Florida couple. The clan was in route to New Orleans where they were to join a budding vampire culture. "They apparently like to suck blood. They cut each other's arms and suck the blood. They cut up small animals and suck the blood. Thenestly believe they're vampires," said a police detective after their arrest.

  Japan's Teen Terror Wave
The American Condition - Though considered the safest industrialized nation in the world, Japan has endured an unprecedented rise in teenage crime and violence. Since 1997, when the severed head of an 11-year-old boy was found outside the gates of a junior high school in Kobe, this once tranquil nation has been shocked into submission by a generation of teen sociopaths bent on murder and destruction.

  The Colombian Sicarios
Teenage Hitmen - In the streets of Medellín, the heart and soul of the Colombian drug trade, death is routine. Children indifferently step over corpses on their way to school and everyone knows someone that has killed or been killed. Born out of this subculture of poverty, death and violence are the sicarios, teenage assassins armed and ready to blow someone away.

  Anarchy in the UK
The Youth Crime Phenomenon - As crack cocaine trafficking and the proliferation of deadly assault weapons in Britain become nearly as banal as a pint of lager, the UK¹s disenfranchised and alienated youth continues to run amok, with a spate of drug turf wars, chilling teen-on-teen homicides, armed cellphone jackings and gangster-style executions. The numbers don't lie. Crime is up, the perpetrators are getting younger, and their ruthlessness is unmatched. Welcome to the 21st Century, where ultraviolence rules and life itself is increasingly worthless.

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