“People have told me that I look like him, act like him, that my kids are the spitting image of him,” she said.

Lawyers say she could now make a successful parole application. Our Covid-free newsletter brings together some of the best bits from irishexaminer.com, as chosen by our editor, direct to your inbox every Monday. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published

“So, why did you commit this crime?” the head parole commissioner asked. “Basically, what she’s telling this board are a series of untruths,” the representative concluded.

“You’re shooting these people as they become targets, and yet you told me that you didn’t intend to hit anyone.”. A teacher had called for her to duck. “I read it as it came out.

She did it, she said, because she didn't like Mondays. “We found her singing as she gardened in the backyard,” the son recalled.

“I was greatly comforted when the policemen arrived to carry me away. Brenda’s case was the inspiration for many things including a handful of documentaries, books, and even songs. “The only thing I was concentrating on was getting the police there so that they could shoot me,” she said.

[19], As of September 2020,[update] she remains imprisoned at the California Institution for Women. He returned to the shooting.

She also killed custodian Mike Suchar (age 56) as he tried to pull a student to safety. The bizarre statement would later become the inspiration for the song, “I Don’t Like Mondays,” a 1979 hit by the Boomtown Rats. Refresh and try again. Spencer has claimed she now feels responsible for some of the other school killing sprees in the US.

She said: "I just started shooting, that's it.

35 years later, Brenda Ann Spencer, who killed two and wounded eight, faced her victims in a parole hearing. The custodian’s brother, Andrew Suchar also submitted a statement, noting that Michael had survived two ship sinkings during the war only to be killed by a 16-year-old in a schoolyard. Yet, while it was all happening, so beautiful, so serene, I couldn’t get over the perverse violence associated with my dad’s passing. “The look at Brenda Foster gave me was enough to scare any young child to death.”. by Goldmineguides.com.

He said the custodian’s mother never recovered from her son’s death. The commissioner inquired how many rounds she had fired, and she said she did not recall.
The principal of the elementary school, Burton Wragg, age 53, had gone to the aid of the students and was subsequently shot himself,” the commissioner said.

[8], In early 1978, staff at a facility for problem students, into which Spencer had been referred for truancy, informed her parents that she was suicidal. Both girls had witnessed the death of the principal and the custodian.

The brother said that although his widowed sister-in-law lived until 1991, “her life actually ended in January 1979.

“You didn’t follow through with your plan.”. It was completely uncontrollable.”, There was also a statement by a parent, Francis Stile, whose two daughters attended the school. (News) by "Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)"; News, opinion and commentary General interest Teenagers Youth “They made me numb so I didn’t feel anything,” she said. The late 70s/early 80s song “I Don’t Like Mondays” was written to reflect the mindset of a teacher who came to work one day and shot up a schoolyard full of kids. [20] In the ensuing decades, it was leased to several charter and private schools. [5] Further casualties were avoided only because the police obstructed her line of fire by moving a garbage truck in front of her house. When her parents divorced, Spencer, still a child, was made to live with her father after he was granted full custody of her and her two siblings.

One was from Wilfred Suchar, son of the murdered custodian, Michael Suchar. He had gone to his parent’s home to tell his mother, Valentina.
She said she had been under the influence of alcohol, pot, and downers. In 1979, Brenda Ann Spencer went …

Start by marking “I Don't Like Mondays: Brenda Spencer--Rampage Killer (True Crime Bus Stop Reads, #22)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. What if they got the idea from what I did?”. representative added that Spencer had complained to the police negotiator that the custodian had tried to get everybody off the school grounds.

Read More: The legacy of Bob Geldof's Live Aid celebrated on his birthday, When asked why she committed the horrible act, the 16-year-old notoriously answered: “I don’t like Mondays. But the lawyer also noted that while visiting Spencer at a juvenile-detention facility after her arrest, the father had met a girl who resembled his daughter, but was younger. Aged 16 at the time of the shooting, she was 5'2" (157 cm) and had bright red hair. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

But for the heroic efforts of a police officer who risked his life to drive a trash truck in front of her residence to block her field of fire, no doubt further children would have been shot.”. “Are you pretty good with a rifle?” he asked. The schoolgirl killer who inspired the Boomtown Rats number one I Don't Like Mondays has lost her bid for parole. The head custodian, Michael Suchar, known as ‘Mr. “I don’t know why he bought me a gun,” she said.

I have to go now. I think her premature death in 1991 was at least partly the result of this traumatic experience.”. The victims are not only those killed, but the survivors who live the tragedy for the rest of their lives.”.

Mike’ to the children, ran to Mr. Wragg’s aid, and the inmate shot him in the chest and killed him. A lawyer representing Spencer spoke next. I walked around this place, not stepping on the splotches and the puddles, and didn’t want to be hugged by anyone. © Copyright 2020 Irish Studio LLC All rights reserved. Brenda Spencer Spencer lived with her divorced father, Wallace Spencer, in poverty.

[13], Spencer was charged as an adult and pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

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