Category: Spree Killing
Location: Dunblane, Scotland
Date: March 13, 1996
Crime: Armed with 2 9mm Browning pistols and 2 .357 Magnum revolvers, slaughtered sixteen children and one adult before killing himself. This spree remains the deadliest spree killing of children in the history of the United Kingdom.
Biography: Thomas Watt Hamilton was a 44-year old, unemployed shopkeeper and former Scout leader who walked into the Dunblane Primary School and opened fire. While his motives for this slaughter are unsubstantiated, authorities had fielded complaints regarding his suspicious behavior towards boys. In letters, written in the years prior to the massacre, Hamilton complained that those rumors led to the failure of his business and contributed to his inability to organize a local boys' club.
Police investigators claim that he brought 743 rounds into the school and fired his weapons 109 times. The final shot occurred in the school gym when he placed one of the revolvers in his mouth and pulled the trigger, killing himself instantly.