Bad Day of Trading
"...the fears of the father
are transferred to the son. It was from my father to me, and from
me to my son. I had to take him with me," wrote Mark Barton
after bludgeoning his son, his daughter, and his wife to death
and then continuing his killing with a shooting spree in two stock
market day-trading firms in a suburb of Atlanta.
Barton had become heavily involved
in day trading and had recently suffered significant financial
losses. He had been at Momentum Securities, Inc., discussing a
problem with his account, when he opened fire killing four people.
Barton left the building and walked across the street to All-Tech
Investment Group, continuing the rampage, leaving five more dead.
Later that evening police surrounded
Barton in a parking lot. He immediately shot himself. Barton's
duffel bag contained 200 rounds of ammunition and four handguns,
two of which he legally owned, two of which he did not. Barton's
first wife and her mother were bludgeoned to death on a camping
trip six years prior to this rampage. Although Barton was the
prime suspect, the murder was never solved.
wrote that he would only live long enough
"to kill as many of the people who greedily sought my destruction."
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