Alabama University Shooter Played Dungeons & Dragons

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Alabama University Shooter Played Dungeons & Dragons

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Sources have revealed that Amy Bishop Anderson, the University of Alabama biology professor who killed three faculty members last week, was a "devotee" of the so-called game known as Dungeons & Dragons.

Anderson, in case you missed the story, shot and killed three of her colleagues and wounded three others at the University of Alabama on February 12. The reason for the shooting remains unclear, although the fact that Anderson was denied tenure at the university is widely presumed to be the major factor, and in the wake of her arrest it was revealed that she had been involved in several violent incidents in the past, going as far back as 1986, when she shot her teenage brother to death with a shotgun. But the investigative masterminds at BostonHerald.com have unearthed another, much darker potential influence: Amy Bishop Anderson played Dungeons & Dragons.

Anderson actually met her future husband, James Anderson, through the D&D club at Northeastern University, where both were "heavily" into the game, according to an anonymous source. "They even acted this crap out," the source claimed.

Her husband, naturally, attempted to deny his connection to the "egghead escape," describing it as merely a "passing interest."

"It was a social thing more than anything else," he claimed. "It's not the crazy group people think they are."

But as the Herald pointed out, Anderson isn't the only D&D aficionado to go on a murderous rampage: In 2000, Michael McDermott, another known player, killed seven of his co-workers at Edgewater Technology. Police in that case seized two Dungeons & Dragons books from his apartment following his arrest. Coincidentally - or not - McDermott also studied at Northeastern University in the late 80s, although Anderson insisted the two never actually met.

The article notes that Dungeons & Dragons has a "long history of controversy," with many people objecting to its "demonic and violent elements." While there are those who claim it's just a game, some experts have pointed out that an interest in the game has been noted among some people who have gone on to commit violent crimes; a federal appeals court also recently upheld a ban on the game in prisons in Wisconsin after officials testified that they were worried the game could cause "hostility, violence and escape behavior."

At least one observer also expressed concern that Dungeons & Dragons is a "gateway game" that could lead people to play the infinitely more dangerous Mazes and Monsters, the game that famously drove Tom Hanks irretrievably insane in 1982.

via: GamePolitics

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First off, now a days you can find a link to everything if you look hard enough. I stole some bubble gum last year because apparently a friend of a friend once wore one of OJ Simpson's underwear. OMG conspiracy!

But anyways... "They even acted this crap out," the source claimed. Best quote EVER.

Called it. No seriously, I stinking called it. There was no way in hell that videogames or games in general would stay out of this. I've been waiting for this article since the moment I read the original.

EDIT: added: or games in general >_> I thought that but didn't type it

I'm still waiting for the investigators to find Doom on her personal computer.

People fail to understand the power of D&D. A copy of the rulebook was in Ed and Loraine Warren's Ghost Library apparently .

Obvious connection, isn't there?
I'm quite sure that she drank water. In fact, every murderer in the world drank water. Obvious connection, isn't there?

Obligatory bad jokes about critical hits.

It's not the game that's the problem, it's the people. No offence to all you Dungeons and Dragons players, but lots of the D&D players are basement dwellers with not that many friends aside from their fellow D&D players.

This loneliness and not being accepted by the rest of the world for doing what they enjoy is most likely what caused this. But sadly, media always tries to find a way to blame gaming, or just make sure of that the shooter isn't blamed for it.

Ah... people are so stupid....

Psychosocial:
It's not the game that's the problem, it's the people. No offence to all you Dungeons and Dragons players, but lots of the D&D players are basement dwellers with not that many friends aside from their fellow D&D players.

Stereotypical much, mate?
Same thing can be assumed about gamers, you know?

Premonition:
Called it. No seriously, I stinking called it. There was no way in hell that videogames would stay out of this. I've been waiting for this article since the moment I read the original.

same. this is so stupid, read up on this psycho bitch's history, and not lie here, she tryed to bomb a kid's hospital once. and she killed her own brother with a shotgun at 18, which there reviewing now because back then she clamed it was a "misfire"...

Journeythroughhell:
Obvious connection, isn't there?
I'm quite sure that she drank water. In fact, every murderer in the world drank water. Obvious connection, isn't there?

This only adds further credence to my wife and my theory that the fish are out to get us with their swimming and their unblinking stares and their evil mind control...

Yay! Let's drive this pastime further into the ground! There are SOOOOO many worse things you can do these days, and more graphic for that matter, I don't know why people are still making connections to a, what, 30 year old pen and paper game?

I am waiting for the day the first murder is connected to a certain image board. At least that might make more sense.

Counting down until the fundies jump on the D&D hate train again...

She went on a murder rampage because of severe mental instability, most likely. And I'm talking like serial killer type instability. Playing D&D has absolutely nothing to do with any of this. It's being used as an excuse to demonize role playing games just like Fox News blames all the evils in the universe on video games.

The CNN article linked didn't make any mention of anything.

Regardless, it was poor reporting.

Lol. I can't think of any better way to put. I'm assuming at this point the whole of Israel must be obsessed with D&D. Thank god she didn't look at Hentai too.

Macgyvercas:
Counting down until the fundies jump on the D&D hate train again...

She went on a murder rampage because of severe mental instability, most likely. And I'm talking like serial killer type instability. Playing D&D has absolutely nothing to do with any of this. It's being used as an excuse to demonize role playing games just like Fox News blames all the evils in the universe on video games.

No,no, it was definintly the D and D, what's mental instability anyway? Probably just an excuse to get out of class ><

D&D is not what the media should be obsessing over. Because the bigger news is that she made the ice cream truck stop coming to her neighborhood. It should have been obvious to everyone after that that this woman was both insane and likely to go on a shooting rampage. Anybody who does that should immediately be put on the Most Wanted and No Fly list, in my opinion.

As far as I'm concerned, if you have something against ice cream trucks you're a danger to both yourself and others.

Deofuta:
Yay! Let's drive this pastime further into the ground! There are SOOOOO many worse things you can do these days, and more graphic for that matter, I don't know why people are still making connections to a, what, 30 year old pen and paper game?

I am waiting for the day the first murder is connected to a certain image board. At least that might make more sense.

Virginia Tech says Hi.

hey at least their not blaming video games for this shooting for once.

I knew those dice were trouble.

My brother just hasn't been the same since he started playing T_T

Of course D&D was to blame. I mean all gamers are psychotic , baby butchering, drug dealers. *Face Palm* The idiocy of some people is astounding.

JEBWrench:

Journeythroughhell:
Obvious connection, isn't there?
I'm quite sure that she drank water. In fact, every murderer in the world drank water. Obvious connection, isn't there?

This only adds further credence to my wife and my theory that the fish are out to get us with their swimming and their unblinking stares and their evil mind control...

Fish, of course. Damn, it all makes sense now.
Wow, you are screwed up.

Killers play D&D =/= D&D makes you kill

Why is that no one really points out in most of these cases that the person has a history of violence as the main point?

In fact: WHY DID YOU HIRE A PERSON WHO SHOT THEIR OWN BROTHER TO DEATH?!

I doubt this is D&D's fault so much as it is people not realizing that violent people are violent (the internet will tell you that if you ask, especially a lolcat). I doubt the fact that D&D is responsible so much as psychopathic tendencies.

Hey! Let's connect some points here to find out some information!

Psychopathic tendencies -> anti-social
anti-social -> looking for a way to spend time/looking for a group to belong to that will accept you
Free time-> hobbies / looking for a group to belong to -> finding similar people, in this case anti social people who will have free time together and therefore find a hobby they can do together
One hobby is D&D

Hmm? Maybe this isn't a cause so much as a result?

People don't understand something, so they shift the blame to a game the person plays/ed, surprise surprise...

Delock:
Why is that no one really points out in most of these cases that the person has a history of violence as the main point?

In fact: WHY DID YOU HIRE A PERSON WHO SHOT THEIR OWN BROTHER TO DEATH?!

I was thinking the same thing, even if the person wasn't found "guilty" I wouldn't hire someone who apparently shot someone to death with a shot gun.

Wow they must have be good killing 3 members of staff requires rolling an 18+ on a D20.

Also Dungeons and Dragons involves bows,swords and magic; not shooting people.

dungeons and dragons isn't a video game (well, there is a decent mmo for it).
Its a dice and pencil game that you play by..... no, nevermind.

Why would police seize dnd books? And who actually thinks it matters? The blame-game gets real petty sometimes. Sounds to me she is just bat shit nuts.

I fail to see relevance. They played a game that thousands of other people play and don't go on violent ramages.

Perhaps it was just how they were? I know! Shocking! God forbid a hobby not be it's cause!

... I wish people would look closer other than 'OMG video games!'

Journeythroughhell:

Psychosocial:
It's not the game that's the problem, it's the people. No offence to all you Dungeons and Dragons players, but lots of the D&D players are basement dwellers with not that many friends aside from their fellow D&D players.

Stereotypical much, mate?
Same thing can be assumed about gamers, you know?

I know right? My D&D group is comprised of IT professionals who all have families, houses of their own, etc. And me of course, a 26 year old recluse who would rather stay at home than go just about anywhere (because all my stuff is at home, and stuff is awesome), but I live in the attic, not the basement. Totally different!

Heck, my 51 year old father is in our D&D group (he's our resident wizard that will always be standing as far away from the rest of us as he possibly can).

The DSM:
Wow they must have be good killing 3 members of staff requires rolling an 18+ on a D20.

Also Dungeons and Dragons involves bows,swords and magic; not shooting people.

Right, that's what D20 rules are for!

i'm not quite sure if its suppose to be a joke or not

Because D&D is the devil's game right guys!?

Fuck off with your retarded links you God damn morons. If they go crazy and shoot people, it's because of problems, not playing a game where YOU HAVE TO HAVE AT LEAST TWO FRIENDS IN ORDER TO PLAY IN THE FIRST PLACE.

People have been claiming D&D corrupts people from the time it first came out, it's just another scape goat the media loves to use. Thinking all D&D players as basement dwelling rejects with no friends aside from other players is fallacious. The Columbine kids mentioned Doom, so that must be a murder simulator as well. Don't blame their choice of entertainment, blame the person who acted it out and go from there. If sitting around with friends, roleplaying, eating pizza and drinking massive amounts of soda causes people to bat shit insane then my group is an anomaly.

The DSM:
Wow they must have be good killing 3 members of staff requires rolling an 18+ on a D20.

Also Dungeons and Dragons involves bows,swords and magic; not shooting people.

You can add some templates for futuristic weapons.

*hears random sound in the air* i think i just heard a bored housewife who has no understanding of tabletop gaming just emitted a giant torrent of hot lady spunk...and Michael Atkinson's toothy shit eating grin just got bigger

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