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On Valentine’s Day 2008, Steve Kazmierczak killed five and wounded eighteen at Northern Illinois University, then killed himself. But he was an A student, a Deans’ Award winner. How could this happen?

CNN could not get the story. The Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and all others came up empty because Steve’s friends and professors knew very little. He had reinvented himself in his final five years. But David Vann, investigating for Esquire, went back to Steve’s high school and junior high friends, found a life perfectly shaped for mass murder, and gained full access to the entire 1,500 pages of the police files. The result: the most complete portrait we have of any school shooter. But Vann doesn’t stop there. He recounts his own history with guns, contemplating a school shooting. This book is terrifying and true, a story you’ll never forget.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. LAST DAY ON EARTH: A PORTRAIT OF THE NIU SCHOOL SHOOTER
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  1. AFTER MY FATHER’S SUICIDE
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. STEVE GREW UP WATCHING HORROR MOVIES
  2. pp. 4-7
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  1. MY OWN JUVENILE REPORT IS FROM 1980
  2. pp. 8-11
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  1. I HAVE TO GO BACK TO STEVE’S DOG
  2. pp. 12-14
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  1. I COMMITTED MY CRIMES ALONE
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. STEVE SPENDS ALMOST NO TIME AT HOME
  2. pp. 17-19
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  1. BY THE FALL OF HIS JUNIOR YEAR
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. ON APRIL 8, 1997
  2. pp. 22-24
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  1. HOW MUCH OF STEVE’S STORY IS ABOUT CLASS?
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. THE MARY HILL HOME
  2. pp. 27-35
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  1. THE MILITARY HAS TRAINED
  2. pp. 36-42
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  1. ON DECEMBER 1, 2001
  2. pp. 43-47
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  1. I MEET JIM THOMAS FOR THE FIRST TIME
  2. pp. 48-50
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  1. MEETING JIM THOMAS
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. ON A SUNNY, COLD FRIDAY MORNING
  2. pp. 53-56
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  1. IN THE FALL OF 2004
  2. pp. 57-62
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  1. I MEET JESSICA FOR THE FIRST TIME
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. STEVE’S WINNING OF THE DEANS’ AWARD
  2. pp. 65-69
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  1. TWO MONTHS AFTER
  2. pp. 70-76
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  1. A COUPLE DAYS
  2. pp. 77-81
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  1. SAW 4 OPENING NIGHT
  2. pp. 82-88
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  1. STEVE KEEPS HITTING CRAIGSLIST
  2. pp. 89-94
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  1. ON JANUARY 7, 2008
  2. pp. 95-101
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  1. STEVE SITS ON THE COUCH CRUISING CRAIGSLIST
  2. pp. 102-107
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  1. IN HIS EMAILS WITH KELLY
  2. pp. 108-115
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  1. JESSICA SAYS THEY HAD A BLAST AT MANSON
  2. pp. 116-122
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  1. A COUPLE DAYS AFTER MY FATHER SHOT HIMSELF
  2. pp. 123-124
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  1. THAT TUESDAY AFTERNOON, FEBRUARY 12
  2. pp. 125-129
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  1. VALENTINE’S DAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2008
  2. pp. 130-136
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  1. BRIAN KARPES FINALLY NOTICES
  2. pp. 137-144
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  1. “WHEN THE SHOOTING HAPPENED,”
  2. pp. 145-152
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  1. AT QUARTER TO MIDNIGHT ON FEBRUARY 15
  2. pp. 153-159
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  1. NIU PROFESSOR KRISTEN MYERS
  2. pp. 160-164
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  1. I DON’T THINK I’LL EVER ENTIRELY UNDERSTAND
  2. pp. 165-167
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. p. 169
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820342108
Print ISBN
9780820338392
MARC Record
OCLC
754329216
Pages
184
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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