chapter  Chapter 5
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Mental Illness

ByMark Safarik, Katherine Ramsland

In Chapter 3, which included psychotic mission killers, we described the types of diagnoses commonly seen with severe mental illness in spree killers. We continue with cases of mental illness in this chapter, but these killers did not have clear missions. Most of these sprees were reactive rather than carefully planned. All involved lone killers. Only one was female. About 31% committed suicide, a figure that is possibly higher with potential suicide-by-cop incidents.