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.
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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: Dec. at 20 (1992-2012)
- Birthplace: Exeter, New Hampshire
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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: Dec. at 22 (1991-2014)
- Birthplace: Lambeth, London, United Kingdom
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.
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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: Dec. at 53 (1960-2013)
- Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio