Sunday, February 14, 2010

Thoughts on the University of Alabama Shooting

On Friday, three biology professors were murdered at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Three others were also wounded in the attack. Amy Bishop, a fellow professor, was subsequently arrested and charged with three counts of capital murder.

It also turns out this isn't Bishop's first experience taking another human life. Bishop, a Massachusetts native, shot and killed her brother in Braintree in 1986. It was ruled an accidental shooting and Bishop was never charged with a crime.

When I heard about these murders it brought to mind a similar incident which occurred at Concordia University in Montreal back in August 1992. Valery Fabrikant, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, shot and killed four colleagues and wounded another staff member. Fabrikant was sentenced to life in prison but is eligible for parole in 2017. Like Bishop, Fabrikant was denied tenure.

Fabrikant has spent his time in prison filing nuisance lawsuits. Unlike Fabrikant, Bishop is eligible to receive the death penalty.


nitroglycol said...

The Fabrikant case was the first thing that came to my mind as well.

Valery Fabrikant said...

Since blog is about me, then my comments are certainly pertinent.

First, I was not denied tenure. Second, my lawsuit was not nuisance. I suggest that you go into detail and discuss the issues correctly.

The fact that we both killed somebody at a University doesn't make our case identical, but if they are identical, this means only that people are just not learning from their experience so they get it again and again. Doesn't this sound stupid after all?