Sunday, June 3, 2018

Laurie Dann Winnetka Illinois School Shooting

Mental illness act-alike but definitely not a terrorist.

Laurie Dann
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BornLaurie Ann Wasserman
October 18, 1957
ChicagoIllinois, U.S.
DiedMay 20, 1988 (aged 30)
Winnetka, Illinois, U.S.
Spouse(s)Russell Dann (m. 1982; div. 1985)
Parent(s)Norman and Edith Wasserman
DateMay 20, 1988
WeaponsFirearms, poison

May 20, 1988 Laurie Dann - Wikipedia  Laurie Dann (née Wasserman; October 18, 1957 – May 20, 1988) was an American murderer who shot and killed one boy, Nick Corwin, and wounded two girls and three boys in a Winnetka, Illinois elementary school. She then took a family hostage and shot another man, non-fatally, before killing herself. She had called in death threats to acquaintances and mailed and delibered poisoned snacks and drinks to college dorms and fraternities.

Dann worked as a babysitter, and some employers s made complaints to the police about damage to their furniture and the theft of food and clothes.  Later she made phone call death threats. An ex-boyfriend and his wife also received dozens of threatening calls.  She made and delivered poisoned rice cereal snacks and juice boxes, mailed and delivered them to a former acquaintance, ex-babysitting clients, her psychiatrist, Russell Dann, and others, fraternity houses and Leverone Hall at Northwestern University in Evanston.

Dann drove the children back to their home and offered them some arsenic-poisoned milk, but the boys spat it out because it tasted strange to them. Once at their home, she lured them downstairs and used gasoline to set fire to the house, trapping their mother and the two children in the basement (they managed to escape).[1][2][9] She drove three and a half blocks to the Hubbard Woods Elementary School with three handguns in her possession. She wandered into a second grade classroom for a short while, then left. Finding a boy in the corridor, Dann pushed him into the boys' washroom and shot him with a .22 semi-automatic Beretta pistol. Her Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver jammed when she tried to fire it at two other boys, and she threw it into the trash along with the spare ammunition. The boys ran out of the washroom and raised the alarm.[1] Dann then reentered the second grade classroom where students were working in groups on a bicycle safety test. She ordered all the children into the corner of the room. The teacher refused and attempted to disarm Dann, managing to unload the Beretta in the struggle. Dann drew a .32 Smith & Wesson from the waistband of her shorts and aimed it at several groups of the students. She shot five children, killing eight-year-old Nicholas Corwin and wounding two girls and two boys before fleeing in her car.[2] house surrounded, Dann went upstairs to a bedroom. The Wassermans and Russell Dann were brought to the house. At about 7:00 p.m., an assault team entered the house while Mr. Wasserman attempted to get Dann's attention with a bullhorn. The police found her body in the bedroom; she had shot herself in the mouth. All but one of the victims wounded by Dann recovered from their injuries, including the schoolgirl who was shot and suffered severe internal injuries.
Killed‎: ‎1
Injured‎: ‎8+
Date‎: ‎May 20, 1988
Parent(s)‎: ‎Norman and Edith Wasserman
Early life · ‎Marriage and divorce · ‎Final year · ‎Attacks

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