So, have you ever had occasion to wonder what motivates a person to go through the process that would lead them to assassinate or attempt to assassinate a prominent public figure such as a politician or celebrity? Ever feel a certain amount of frustration that there doesn’t seem to be a credible, dispassionate source for answers to the questions you have about what the hell goes on in the mind of an assassin? Well, buck up there, friend. There is. It’s called the Exceptional Case Study Project, a study of every person who killed or tried to kill a significant public figure in the United States between 1949 and 1996, including jailhouse interviews where possible. As long as you believe that words mean something and can see your way to believing things that THE GOVERNMENT tells you, it’s an interesting read.
Also, just in case, Wired has digested the report for you.