Category: Spree Killing
Location: Kauhajoki, Finland
Date: September 23, 2008
Crime: The second spree killing in Finland in less than a year was committed by Saari, who shot and killed 10 people with a Walther P22 semi-automatic pistol before shooting himself in the head. The massacre took place on the campus of a school where he was in his second year of a Baccalaureate degree program.
Biography: Matti Saari was 22 years old at the time of the killing spree. Little information exists about his early life, but he had been known to be a troubled young man for several years. He claimed to have been bullied a great deal in his younger years but as he grew to adulthood, he was the one getting in trouble for being a bully and exhibiting violent tendencies. In 2006, Saari was thrown out of the Finnish army for opening fire during a routine training exercise. He left behind two notes in the school dormitory which revealed that he had been planning this massacre for 6 years. He wrote; 'I hate the human race and the solution is a Walther 22.' Like Pekka-Eric Auvinen before him, Saari posted videos of himself on You Tube firing weapons, however, he never foretold what he was about to do.
The killer Matti Juhani Saari shooting a gun for his YouTube video