The Murder of Innocence Edition: A Look Back on the Laurie Dann School Shooting with Eric Zorn
On May 20, 1988, Laurie Dann, a babysitter with a history of disturbing behavior and deteriorating psychological health, shot 6 children in a second-grade classroom in Winnetka, Illinois, killing one and severely wounding the others. The hostage situation and police stand-off that followed ended with Dann taking her own life. At the time, before school shootings were common, the incident rocked the country and dominated the news cycle for weeks. But what seemed unthinkable in 1988 has become tragically commonplace today—a school shooting now occurs every single week in America. In this edition, co-hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Jennifer Byrne are joined by Chicago Tribune journalist Eric Zorn for a look back on Dann’s life, tragic crimes, and legacy. They discuss what’s changed, what hasn’t changed, and what we can learn from the Dann case that could help us stop the violence and restore peace in our schools.
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