The coverage of the Sandy Hook massacre has produced a lot of news coverage, some of it accurate and some of it not. In the course of researching the segment "Can Science Stop Mass Murder?" for the PBS special "After Newtown," the team at NOVA compiled a comprehensive list of articles and links about the tragic event and mass shootings more generally. Below is that list. Some provide context specific to Sandy Hook, others delve into the scientific research that seeks to understand what might transform these people into killers, while still others ask the question, is it right to blame these events solely on mental illness? We hope you find these links helpful and informative.
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"Exploring the Mind of James Holmes and the Tragedy in Colorado"
by Jerome Elam. The Washington Times, August 1, 2012.
"In Gun Debate, a Misguided Focus on Mental Illness"
by Richard A. Friedman, M.D. The New York Times, December 17, 2012.
"Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath?"
by Jennifer Kahn. The New York Times Magazine, May 11, 2012.
"'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother': A Mom's Perspective on the Mental Illness Conversation in America"
by Liza Long. The Huffington Post (republished from The Blue Review), December 16, 2012.
"'I Am Adam Lanza's Psychiatrist': A Response from the Mental Health Trenches to 'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother'"
by Anonymous. xoJane.com, December 17, 2012.
"The Violent Brain: Ingredients of a Mass Murderer"
by Lauren Migliore. Brain World magazine, December 15, 2012.
"EXPERT: What Makes a Mass Killer?"
by Michael Welner, M.D. ABCNews.com, February 13, 2007.
"Mass shootings: Why it's so hard to predict who will snap"
by Stephanie Pappas. FOXNews.com, July 25, 2012.
"The Pain of Being Linked By Asperger Dx to a Mass Shooter"
by Lucy Berrington. Psychology Today, December 16, 2012.
"Mass Murders, Unlike Serial Killers, Are Hard to Profile"
by Lizzie Crocker. The Daily Beast, July 20, 2012.
"Can This Man Predict Whether or Not Your Child Will Become a Criminal?"
by Josh Fischman. The Chronicle Review, June 12, 2011.
"Good News and Bad News About Gun Laws, Mental Illness and Violence"
by Jeffrey Swanson, Ph. D. "Bill of Health" Harvard Law blog, October 5, 2012.
"Adam Lanza: Newtown Massacre Suspect a Puzzle to Authorities"
by Michael Daly. The Daily Beast, December 17, 2012
"Psychiatrist: Showing Video is 'Social Catastrophe'"
ABCNews.com, April 19, 2007.
"Notoriety Drives Mass Shooters"
by Mary Papenfuss. Newser.com, February 10, 2008.
"What Pushes Shooters Over the Edge?"
by Bill Weir. ABCNews.com, February 9, 2008.
"A Guide to Mass Shootings in America"
by Mark Follman, Gavin Aronsen, and Deanna Pan. Mother Jones, July 20, 2012.
"Current Directions in Violence Risk Assessment"
by Jennifer L. Skeem and John Monahan. Current Directions in Psychological Science, March 23, 2011.
"A Jurisprudence of Risk Assessment: Forecasting Harm among Prisoners, Predators, and Patients"
by John Monhan. Virginia Law Review, May 2006.
"Don't Blame Autism for Newtown"
by Priscilla Gilman. The New York Times, December 17, 2012.
"What Drives Suicidal Mass Killers"
by Adam Lankford. The New York Times, December 17, 2012.