1949 — Howard Unrah goes on a killing spree

Sometimes, you really think that these things should have been caught earlier than they were.

Surely, for example, someone in Howard Unruh’s unit, back in World War Two, must have noticed the meticulous notes he kept about each German he killed? And although many men came home with souvenir firearms, not many of them went on to decorate their bedrooms with military paraphenalia, or built shooting ranges in their basements.

Whatever the reason, Howard Unrah’s madness went unnoticed until the morning of September 6, 1949. On this day, Howard loaded his captured luger, left his Camden, New Jersey home, and in only twelve minutes, killed 13 people and wounded 3 more.

A siege developed, but Unrah surrendered to police fairly quickly, and at his trial was ruled not guilty by reason of insanity. He was placed in the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, where he remains as of this writing.

Referenced in:

Referenced in:
Retal — Church of Misery
Howard Unrah — Sheer Terror
Howard Unrah (What Have You Done Now?) — Macabre