Trenchcoaters o' Fame
The last decade has seen a plague of the same kind of motiveless attacks by young people. Is there a connection? Why do so many of them wear the same kind of 'uniform?' It should be noted that just about none of these attacks had any kind of believable motive.
The violent, satanic black trenchcoat culture makes its first confirmed appearance in the nation of Norway, of all places. Obscure young musicians pioneer the genres of "black" and "death" metal. giving concerts while painted with 'corpse' makeup. Taking their extreme philosophies seriously, which included role-playing of vampires in the case of the most notorious of the group, they commence a campaign of church arson attacks, later degenerating into several murders.
Clay Shrout, 17, murdered his parents and two sisters,
He wore all black every day with combat boots and black trenchcoat.
Barry Loukaitis, 14. Frontier Jr. High School, Moses Lake, Washington. Dressed in all black, trenchcoat, 3 dead, 1 wounded.
Black trenchcoat wearing Rod Ferrell, 18, and others are arrested for beating to death a Florida couple.
"Kentucky Occult Teen Killers" six black trenchcoat- wearing young people plead guilty to killing a couple and their daughter.
Killings at Columbine High School planned and executed by the black trenchcoat-wearing 'Trenchcoat Mafia'
3 teens arrested for planned attack on their high school in Hoyt, Kansas. Each possessed a black trenchcoat.
Five teens from New Bedford, Massachusetts are arrested for planning an attack on New Bedford High School. They wore long black trenchcoats.
Four young people are arrested in Loudown County, Virginia for the stabbing/slashing death of one of their fathers. "The suspects favored all-black outfits, long black (trench)coats."
Daniel Hawke Fears, 18, Sallisaw, Okla. (2 dead, 7 wounded) He went on a 20-mile shooting spree, apparently targeting people at random. "He... always wore a black trench coat."
Oakton, Virginia 19-year-old Josh Cooke mowed down his parents in the basement of their home with a shotgun. Cooke wore a black trench coat ....
Joseph Hunter Parker, 30, killed two people with a samurai sword at an Albertson's supermarket in Irvine, California(Orange County). He was wearing a black trenchcoat and green beret when he was shot to death by police minutes later.
Oaklyn Public School, Camden, NJ
Matthew Lovett, 18, and two boys, ages 15 and 14; wearing black trenchcoats, arrested after they attempted to carjack vehicle; on their way to attack school with numerous weapons.
Josh Magee, Malcolm High School, Malcolm, Nebraska
Arrested after pipe bombs and a rifle were found in his car outside school as he contemplated attacking: "Magee was dressed in camouflaged pants and a black trench coat...."
Jeff Weise, 17, wearing black trenchcoat, shoots seven at Red Lake HS, MN.
Lafayette, CA Goth killer Scott Dyleski, 18. Convicted of murdering his neighbor, the wife of noted "CourtTV" commentator Daniel Horowitz. Wore a black trenchcoat.
Tacoma, WA Mall Shooter Dominick Sergio Maldonado, 20, of Tacoma, 6 wounded(1 critical)
Wearing long black trenchcoat when he began his rampage.
Black trenchcoat-wearing Jacob D. Robida, 18, New Bedford, Massachusetts gay bar slasher/shooter.
Kyle Huff, 28, Seattle rave slayer, 7 dead, owned a black trenchcoat, attacked a party of goth ravers.
Hans Van Themsche, 18, wearing a black trenchcoat, shot 3 people on an Antwerp street.
Alvaro Rafael Castillo, 19, Orange High School, Hillsborough NC 1 lightly wounded, suspect's dad dead at home. Wore a black trenchcoat in the attack.
Kimveer Gill, 25, Dawson Junior College, Montreal, Cananda 3 dead, 18 wounded. Wore a black trenchcoat in the attack.
Memorial Middle School, Joplin, MO Thomas White, 13, fired a round from an assualt rifle after walking into his school wearing a long, dark green trenchcoat.
ex-student Sebastain Bosse, 18, Geschwister Scholl School, Emdetten, Germany (1 dead, 5 wounded) Wore a black trenchcoat in the attack.
John "Jack" Odgren, 16, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Framingham/Sudbury, Massachusetts
Stabbed a 15year old boy to death in the school bathroom. "Two juniors yesterday said the student now accused of the killing often wore a trench coat to school."
Sulejman Talovic, 18 SLC, Utah, Trolley Square massacre shooter. Used a shotgun to kill six and wound four more. Wore a dark trenchcoat during the attack.
Asa Coon, 14, Success Tech HS, Cleveland, OH 1 dead, 4 wounded
A goth, he often wore trenchcoat to school.
Matthew Murray, 18, kills 4, injures many others in two locations. Was wearing a black trenchcoat at the New Life Church attack in Colorado Springs, according to some media accounts.
Stephen Kazmierczak, 27 Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Ill., 6 dead
Some accounts had him wearing a black trenchcoat.
Fabeltjesland nursery/day care stabbings, Belgium, Kim de Gelder, 20
De Gelder was known for wearing a long dark coat.
OAED Vocational College, Athens, Greece, Dimitris Patmanidis, 19 1 dead, 3 wounded
Fellow students and college staff described the gunman as a loner who favored black clothing and long overcoats
Georg R., 18, a student at Carolinum-Gymnasium in Ansbach in Bavaria, Germany, attacked his school with an ax, knives, and molotov cocktails. Georg R. wore a black trenchcoat everyday to school and also yesterday on the day of the attack.
15yr old arrested for planning attack on Monroe Woodbury High School, Monroe, NY. He was planning an attack on April 20. He had purchased a black trench coat to resemble that worn in the Columbine High School attack.
Johnny Lee Wicks, 66, wearing all black and a black trenchcoat, assualts federal courthouse in Las Vegas with a shotgun, killing one and wounding another.