Some killers went so far as to kill themselves, too. Several notable killer suicides have shocked the world. Many of these murderers who killed themselves did so after being captured for their crimes, while others committed suicide to evade arrest.
Who are some famous killers who committed suicide? On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT. He then killed himself, before police could apprehend him on the scene. Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold also committed suicide following their murder spree in 1999.
Over a few months in 1997, Andrew Cunanan killed at least five people, including fashion designer Gianni Versace. A little over a week after he killed Versace, Cunanan used the same gun to shoot himself in the head. His body was found in a houseboat in Miami.
Are you surprised that so many killers have committed suicide? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.
On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT. He killed himself before police could apprehend him on the scene.
Earlier that same day, Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, in their home.
Age: Died at 20 (1992-2012)
Birthplace: Exeter, New Hampshire, United States of Americasee more on Adam Lanza
Elliot Rodger went on a shooting spree near the University of California, Santa Barbara, on May 23, 2014. He killed six people and injured 14 more. He also stabbed three men to death prior to the attack.
Rodger said on YouTube that his killings were motivated by his wish to punish women who had rejected him, and men who were successful at dating women. Rodger shot himself in his car before police could apprehend him.
Age: Died at 23 (1991-2014)
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, United Kingdomsee more on Elliot Rodger
On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and injured 24 others during a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Colorado. They opened fire on police, who were positioned outside the building, before turning their guns on themselves.
Their motive was to seek revenge on people who they believed had picked on them, while also destroying the school.
In 2013, Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison for rape, kidnapping, and aggravated murder. He had kidnapped several women and held them for several years. Castro was found hanging in his cell after serving only one month of his sentence.
Age: Died at 53 (1960-2013)
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of Americasee more on Ariel Castro
Oscar-winning actor Gig Young is believed to have shot his wife before killing himself in 1978. A motive for his actions was never revealed, but he had struggled with alcoholism.
Age: Died at 65 (1913-1978)
Birthplace: St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States of America
Credits: They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, That Touch of a Mink, Desk Set Game of Deathsee more on Gig Young
Over a few months in 1997, Andrew Cunanan killed at least five people, including fashion designer Gianni Versace. He used several different methods in his murder spree, beating his victims with hammers, stabbing them with screwdrivers, and shooting them.
A little over a week after he killed Versace, Cunanan used the same gun to shoot himself in the head. He was found in a houseboat in Miami.
Age: Died at 28 (1969-1997)
Birthplace: National City, California, United States of Americasee more on Andrew Cunanan
In 1927, Andrew Kehoe went on a killing spree in Bath, MI, that resulted in the deaths of 44 people. Victims included his wife and 37 children. His weapons of choice were largely bombs, which he detonated at locations like the Bath Consolidated School. The final blast - which killed Kehoe - was intended to target the school's superintendent.
Age: Died at 55 (1872-1927)
Birthplace: Tecumseh, Michigan, United States of America
Profession: Farmersee more on Andrew Kehoe
On March 21, 2005, Jeff Weise went on a shooting spree that resulted in the deaths of nine people. He killed two people in his home before heading to Red Lake High School in Minnesota, where he wounded and killed several more bystanders. Weise engaged in a shootout with police before taking his own life with a shotgun.
Prior to the massacre, Weise had attempted suicide on two occasions.
Age: Died at 17 (1988-2005)
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of Americasee more on Jeff Weise