Amy Bishop: Dungeons & Dragons Assassin

dungeons-dragons-player-handbookNo, I’m not kidding.

Accused campus killer Amy Bishop was a devotee of Dungeons & Dragons – just like Michael “Mucko” McDermott, the lone gunman behind the devastating workplace killings at Edgewater Technology in Wakefield in 2000.

Bishop, now a University of Alabama professor, and her husband James Anderson met and fell in love in a Dungeons & Dragons club while biology students at Northeastern University in the early 1980s, and were heavily into the fantasy role-playing board game, a source told the Herald.

“They even acted this crap out,” the source said.

That is some quality reporting the Boston Herald, keep up the good work. I like the way one commenter, lazy and pedestrian reporting.

Is it 1984 again?

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Steve Verdon
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Steve has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and attended graduate school at The George Washington University, leaving school shortly before staring work on his dissertation when his first child was born. He works in the energy industry and prior to that worked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Division of Price Index and Number Research. He joined the staff at OTB in November 2004.

Comments

  1. Franklin says:

    Well clearly D&D needs to be banned.

  2. UlyssesUnbound says:

    Not to bring up an argument from a previous post, but clearly this revelation proves that it is the politics of the murderer that needs to be investigated.

    Righties and Lefties aren’t natural born killers. Sci Fi and Fantasy nerds are.

    As a die-hard Battlestar Galactica Fan, I have already alerted my local police and have been asked to be placed under surveillance.

  3. Grewgills says:

    I hear that nearly 85% of all murders in the US are committed by Christians.

  4. UlyssesUnbound says:

    I hear that there are a lot of statistics that surprisingly break down almost exactly the same as the demographics of the U.S. (1990–86% of the U.S. population self-identify as Christian. 76% estimated currently.)

  5. PD Shaw says:

    I’m not getting the 1984 reference, but it did remind me of the 1982 made-for-tv movie, Mazes and Monsters. Good times, with Tom Hanks.

  6. Steve Verdon says:

    I’m not getting the 1984 reference, but it did remind me of the 1982 made-for-tv movie, Mazes and Monsters. Good times, with Tom Hanks.

    During the 80’s there were quite a few references to Dungeon & Dragons as being Satan’s game, etc., so forth, and so on. It was also the year that Jack Chick published Dark Dungeons.

  7. Michael Reynolds says:

    Breaking News: Dick Cheney says he is “absolutely confident that there is a D&D and Al Qaeda link.” Calls for targeted bombing of Comicon.

  8. mpw280 says:

    Gary Gygax would be so disturbed by this connection. I don’t think he ever intended his game to be considered practice for murder, and I don’t remember thinking that way when I played in high school in the early 80’s. mpw

  9. rodney dill says:

    While the absolute number of Christians rose from 1990 to 2008 as the overall population increased, the actual percentage of Christians dropped from 86.2% to 76.0% (Wikipedia)(No I don’t think Wiki is Gospel either… pun somewhat intended)

    I hear that nearly 85% of all murders in the US are committed by Christians.

    Heh, Unqualified statement aside, I think the percent of murders committed by christians has dropped to around 76%.

  10. Trollogram says:

    I hear that nearly 85% of all murders in the US are committed by Christians.

    lol ya the liberal ones…

    And D&D ain’t a ******* board game, It’s a pnp….

  11. Mike says:

    I had a client who was into D&D big time – he was the dungeon master – so I had to interview all of his friends who also happened to be into it – I knew nothing about this game going in except everyone I knew in school that played this was very odd – based on my very unscientific research, I confirmed that devotees of this game really are freaks. Of course he was convicted and sent away for a very long time.