Could We Have Seen It Coming? And Should We Watch for It? Changes in the Posts of Fatality666, the Dawson College Shooter

By Cynthia Whissell.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This report examines the emotional undertones of language in the blogs of a suicide killer over a period of three and a half months. As the date of the shooting rampage approached, Fatality666's language in VampireFreaks posts became emotionally flatter and his postings became more frequent and appeared proportionally more often at night. They also increased in the use of first and second person pronouns. The lack of screening and of a safety net for web posts may have contributed to the tragedy. The interdisciplinary issue of screening blog-type posts, especially on some types of websites, is discussed.

Keywords: Rampage Killing, Suicide, Emotion, Blogs, Screening

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 9, pp.109-114. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 739.812KB).

Dr. Cynthia Whissell

Professor, Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Whissell has been teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels for more than 40 years. She is involved in the delivery of one interdisciplinary master’s program and two interdisciplinary doctoral programs. Her research focuses on the emotional undertones of language.


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