Patt Morrison for August 10, 2012

Slate's Brian Palmer ponders why famous killers have three names

Wisconsin Community Reels After Gunman Kills Six At Sikh Temple

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A copy photograph of the mug shot handed out by the FBI of the suspect Wade Michael Page after a press conference on the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin a gunman fired upon people at a service August, 6, 2012 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

First Court Hearing Held For Alleged CO Movie Theater Shooter

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Accused movie theater shooter James Eagan Holmes makes his first court appearance at the Arapahoe County on July 23, 2012 in Centennial, Colorado. According to police, Holmes killed 12 people and injured 58 others during a shooting rampage at an opening night screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" July 20, in Aurora, Colorado.

Jared Lee Loghner Undated Photo

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In this handout provided by the Pima County Sheriff's Forensic Unit, Jared Lee Loughner is seen. Loughner pled guilty to the shooting spree at a political event outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, targeting U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).

America’s past is littered with infamous killers like Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth, John Wayne Gacy, and most recently, Wade Michael Page, who committed a mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Slate’s Brian Palmer, no middle name, looked at why history’s notorious murderers often become known by three names.


Brian Palmer, writer for Slate and the Washington Post

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