School shootings are depressingly common nowadays, but back in 1979, they were practically unheard of. And though many people may not be aware of it, the first “modern” type of school shooting to take place in the United States was perpetrated by a slight, red-haired, sixteen-year-old girl named Brenda Spencer, who decided on one January morning to open fire on Cleveland Elementary School across the street from her house, killing two and wounding nine others. Famously, when asked for her reasons for committing such a horrible crime, she apparently answered, “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.” This callous phrase would become immortalized by the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats, whose chart-topping song “I Don’t Like Mondays” was inspired by the heinous rampage of Brenda Spencer. Join Tom and Jenny as we delve into more true crime on a bleak and baffling episode 352.
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