(credit: Aurich Lawson)

Dustin Brown wanted a secure grip on the two knives he had selected to slaughter the children.
Before leaving his Morton, Illinois, home on the afternoon of October 13, the 19-year-old wrapped each knife’s handle carefully with duct tape. He then pulled on a pair of grippy gloves. The one-mile journey to the public library gave Brown one final chance to rehearse the plan he had contemplated for the last two weeks. Five-inch blades jingled together in his backpack all the while.
Hanging over everything, child pornography charges threatened to ruin Brown’s life. Despite some rudimentary precautions, his online cache of videos had been unearthed by investigators earlier in the year. Searched, arrested, and eventually expelled from Morton High School, Brown felt he had nothing left to live for. In this lowest of moments, he wanted only to destroy the lives of others before turning his duct-taped knives on himself.
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