Episode Eight | Michael McDermott: The Malingerer, Wakefield, Mass (part two)
On 12/26/2000, Michael McDermott exacted his revenge on seven of his co-workers at Edgewater Technology. Perceived and twisted revenge. Equipped with a shotgun, a semi-automatic assault rifle, a semi-automatic pistol, and a bag full of ammunition, he had chatted with his workmates then unceremoniously opened fire. The attack that left all seven people dead lasted less than 10 minutes.
In part two, we learn how he plotted and planned for months, how he took advantage of the mental health system, and how he faked mental illness.
Wakefield EMT dead Boston Herald, Nov 20, 2013
PSYCHIATRISTS SAY MCDERMOTT'S FAKING DEFENSE: MATERIAL NOT CONSIDERED, Boston Globe archive, Michele Kurtz, April 20, 2002
JUDGE LIMITS EVIDENCE IN MCDERMOTT TRIAL https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.bpl.org/bostonglobe/docview/405440522/E946F0F2D61A4506PQ/8?accountid=9675
Partial Solar Eclipse, Dec 25, 2000
Los Angeles Times - Shooter Kills 7 At Net Firm Outside Boston Dec 27, 2000 https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2000-dec-27-mn-5098-story.html LA Times - A Private Man Accused of ‘Great Cruelty’ Dec 28, 2000 https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2000-dec-28-mn-5614-story.html Time - Portrait Of A Killer By Nadya Labi Sunday, Dec 31, 2000 http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,93313,00.html Boston Herald - Suspect in Wakefield murders was taking drugs for depression Dec 29, 2000 https://ssristories.org/suspect-in-wakefield-murders-was-taking-drugs-for-depression-boston-herald NEW YORK TIMES - 7 Die in Rampage at Company; Co-Worker of Victims Arrested By Carey Goldberg, Dec 27, 2000 https://www.nytimes.com/2000/12/27/us/7-die-in-rampage-at-company-co-worker-of-victims-arrested.html SF Gate - Not-Guilty Plea in Office Slayings / Lawyer says suspect had been getting psychiatric care, medication - New York Times, Dec 28, 2000 | Updated: July 9, 2018 https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Not-Guilty-Plea-in-Office-Slayings-Lawyer-says-2718972.php Washington Post - 7 Die in Massachusetts Office Shooting Dec 27, 2000 https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/2000/12/27/7-die-in-massachusetts-office-shooting/1b9f9c67-b2c3-482c-bf1b-fa869fc6c430 Court Docs http://masscases.com/cases/sjc/448/448mass750.html
NECN - Survivor of Mass Shooting on Healing Process March 21, 2014 https://www.necn.com/news/local/_necn__survivor_of_mass_shooting_on_healing_process_necn/1919444
CNN - Lawyer: Deluded killer thought victims were Nazis April 10, 2002 http://edition.cnn.com/2002/LAW/04/10/ctv.mcdermott.trial/index.htm REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION RE: PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS (DOCKET ENTRY # 1) October 25, 2011 https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/USCOURTS-mad-1_09-cv-11992/pdf/USCOURTS-mad-1_09-cv-11992-0.pdf MCDERMOTT ARRAIGNED IN WAKEFIELD KILLINGS PAPERS RELEASED DETAILING HOME, OFFICE SEARCHES Boston Globe news bank, 23 Feb 2001 https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.bpl.org/bostonglobe/docview/405381026/866C9EC717FB4817PQ/7?accountid=9675
MCDERMOTT CONVICTED, GETS 7 LIFE TERMS Boston Globe news bank Michele Kurtz, April 25, 2002 https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.bpl.org/bostonglobe/docview/405445177/DE75F35E7DDB4DEEPQ/6?accountid=9675 PROSECUTION WITNESSES DETAIL MCDERMOTT'S PATH Boston Globe newsbank April 9, 2002 by Michele Kurtz https://ezproxy.bpl.org/login?url=https://www-proquest-com.ezproxy.bpl.org/newspapers/prosecution-witnesses-detail-mcdermott-s-path/docview/405455048/se-2?accountid=9675 Testimony about shooting, Linda Tessier Boston Globe news bank https://www-proquest-com.ezproxy.bpl.org/bostonglobe/docview/405451385/4E6B472011184EB8PQ/12?accountid=9675# Witness Saw McDermott Practicing Shooting Before Murders Boston Globe news bank https://www-proquest-com.ezproxy.bpl.org/bostonglobe/docview/405455048/4E6B472011184EB8PQ/13?accountid=9675 ABC News - Seven Dead in Mass. Office Shooting https://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=94595&page=1 ABC NEWS - Remembering Alleged Shooter's Victims January 7, 2006 https://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=94566&page=1 Washington Post - This list of lives lost in mass shootings grows longer. Here are their names: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-list-of-lives-lost-in-mass-shootings-grows-longer-here-are-their-names/2018/11/16/ef545246-e9fe-11e8-a939-9469f1166f9d_story.html Newsweek - Massacre At The Office Jan 1, 2001 https://www.newsweek.com/massacre-office-150889 Wiki - Wakefield Massacre https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wakefield_massacre Workplace shooting stats https://www.statista.com/statistics/476400/workplace-shootings-in-the-us-by-victim-count Gun Ownership In Massachusetts https://www.mass.gov/info-details/gun-ownership-in-massachusetts#:~:text=Massachusetts%20residents%2015%20years%20and,issued%20by%20municipal%20police%20departments. Mass Gun Laws https://gun.laws.com/state-gun-laws/massachusetts-gun-laws
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