Every so often, increasingly it seems, we hear about the grisly, gruesome crimes of a maniac. We flip on the news to learn that someone else has snapped on a school campus or at a shopping mall. This time it was at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, where 20 first-graders and 6 adults were killed by a young man wielding a semi-automatic rifle. Sadly, this is only the latest example from the Aurora Theater shooting in July to the Sikh Temple in August and the Tucson shooting last year there are too many in recent memory. We watch the news in horror and wonder why. Can we ever really understand why or how someone could take so many innocent lives? We'll attempt to find out and peek into the mind of a madman. We'll also take a look at ourselves. What does it mean when this news receives days and weeks of coverage? When the shooter's face is plastered everywhere? We examine that and more, when Charlotte Talks.
Dr. Paul Friday - Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at UNC Charlotte
Dr. Eric Hickey - Criminologist and Forensic Psychologist; Dean of the California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University