NOVA: Mind of a Rampage Killer

NOVA: Mind of a Rampage Killer

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 9:00pm

Learn how much science can tell us about a brain at risk for violence. 

What makes a person walk into a theater or church or classroom and open fire? What combination of circumstances compels a human being to commit the most inhuman of crimes? As the nation tries to comprehend the tragic events in Newtown, NOVA correspondent Miles O’Brien investigates theories that rampage killers are driven most of all by the wish to die, not the urge to kill. Could suicide — and the desire to go out in a media-fueled blaze of glory — be their main motivation? How much can science tell us about a brain at risk for violence? Most important, can we recognize dangerous minds in time to stop the next Newtown? NOVA: Mind on a Rampage Killer airs Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 11 and 1011).

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In response to the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, WXXI-TV/HD will broadcast a series of special programs, February 18th through February 22nd. These thoughtful and thought-provoking programs are meant to add context, depth, and nuance to the national conversation about gun violence in America. The series includes a Frontline magazine, a NOVA documentary, two independent documentaries, one on the history of guns in America and the other examining how best to secure our schools, a Need to Know episode (2/22 at 10:30 p.m.), a Washington Week discussion of pending legislation on access to guns (2/22 at 8 p.m.), and a week-long series of timely PBS NewsHour reports (at 7 p.m.).