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March 25, 2007


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thanks for an interesting look at Howard Unruh. i have always been fascinated by this case and it's forecast of things to come.

Edward C. Stengel (Ed from the northside)

It seems like old Howie just won't go away. There's never been anyone quite like him. Yes,
he killed 13 people on September 6, 1949, and then spent the next 60 years in the Trenton
Psychiatric hospital, which has got to be a
record, but it seems very few people outside of
the state of New Jersey ever heard of him until
his death, when the secret of his "Walk of Death", as they refer to killing rampage, was
disclosed. Howard Barton Unruh was America's best kept secret for 60 years, and his deed wasn't fully disclosed to the public until he
died. He must have been a "national security"
issue. Just kidding, of course. Rest in peace,
Howie, you deserve it after 60 years in the
looney bin. I wonder if old Howie would do the
same thing all over again if he knew he was going
to do 60 years in the mental hospital. I think
he would, but this time he'd probably save one
bullet for himself.

Romeo  Vitelli

By all accounts, he was a model inmate for decades after his rampage. There are a lot of similarities between shooting rampages like Unruh's and the "amok" syndrome observed in other cultures. After a brief episode of incredible violence, the amok sufferer either commits suicide or settles into a passive state with no indication of the violence that went before. Very strange.

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