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Rampage: Canadian Mass Murder and Spree Killing
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Author(s) Lee Mellor
Published 2013
Publisher Dundurn
Country Canada
Pages 331
ISBN 9781459707214

Rampage: Canadian Mass Murder and Spree Killing is a book by Lee Mellor, published by Dundurn, Toronto, in 2013.


A definitive compendium of Canada’s mass murderers and spree killers.

Rampage: a state of anger or agitation resulting in violent, reckless, and destructive behaviour. In 1989, Marc Lépine mercilessly executed 14 female students at Montreal’s École Polytechnique to become Canada’s most notorious mass murderer. The following year spree killer Peter John Peters roamed from London, Ontario, to Thunder Bay, leaving a trail of bloodied bodies, broken dreams, and stolen vehicles. Both men experienced the same devastating destiny – they embarked on homicidal rampages that shook their nation to the core.

Lee Mellor has gathered more than 25 of Canada’s most lethal mass and spree killers into a single work. Rampage details their grisly crimes, delves into their twisted psyches, and dissects their motivations to answer the question every true crime lover yearns to know: why? If you think serial killers are dangerous, prepare for something deadlier …

Table of contents[]

Chapter Page
Foreword by Robert J. Hoshowsky 11
Preface 15
Acknowledgements 19
PART A: Defining Mass Murder and Spree Killing 21
1. Two Kinds of Rampage Murderers 23
Marc Lépine … The Polytechnique Gunman 29
Peter John Peters … Tattoo Man 53
2. The Problem with Boxes 63
Swift Runner … The Cree Cannibal 64
Rosaire Bilodeau 72
Robert Poulin … St. Pius X School Shooter 75
David Shearing … The Wells Gray Gunman 79
3. The First Rampage Killers in Canadian History 102
Thomas Easby 103
Henry Sovereign 105
Patrick Slavin 107
Alexander Keith Jr. … The Dynamite Fiend 113
PART B: Personality Disorder 131
4. Narcissists, Anti-Social Personalities, and Psychopaths 133
Valery Fabrikant 133
Robert Raymond Cook 148
James Roszko 158
PART C: Spree Killers 172
5. The Utilitarian 177
Gregory McMaster 178
Jesse Imeson 181
6. The Exterminator 191
Marcello Palma … The Victoria Day Shooter 191
Stephen Marshall 195
7. The Signature Killer 210
Dale Merle Nelson 210
Jonathan Yeo … Mr. Dirt 218
PART D: Mass Murderers 233
8. The Family Annihilator 235
Leonard Hogue 236
9. The Disciple and the Ideological Killer 241
Joel Egger … Order of the Solar Temple 242
Joseph Di Mambro and Luc Jouret … Order of the Solar Temple 246
10. The Disgruntled Employee 253
Pierre Lebrun … The OC Transpo Shooter 254
11. The Disgruntled Citizen 261
Denis Lortie 262
12. The Set and Run Killer 270
Albert Guay 271
Louis Chiasson 280
13. The Psychotic 286
Victor Hoffman … The Shell Lake Murderer 288
Conclusion 301
Notes 305
Bibliography 311
Index 323