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
wrote that he would only live long enough
"to kill as many of the people who greedily sought my destruction."
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