A man at Denver International Airport told his father he’d ram his truck through a gate, hijack a plane and shoot up the airport.
A husband promised carnage at his former place of worship.
A woman in east Denver vowed to open fire in a grocery store to make people listen to her.
An author published a book detailing gruesome killings.
A young person with bomb-making supplies pledged to be the next mass killer.
A Colorado Springs man threatened a mass shooting at a street fair.
In the last 15 months, three of those people acted on their threats. And 12 Coloradans died.
After those attacks, the three suspects’ prior threats loomed large — missed warning signs of impending tragedy. A year before authorities say a 22-year-old killed five in a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub, a judge said the suspect was clearly planning an attack and it would be “so bad” if the person did not get mental health treatment.
Before a man shot and killed five in a targeted spree across Denver and Lakewood, a reader tipped the FBI and Denver police that his murderous novels might be a manifesto.
And before a man attempted to bomb a Jehovah’s Witness hall in Thornton on Christmas Day — and fatally shot his wife and then himself — a family member became so worried about his escalating anti-social behavior she asked the police to intervene.
None of it was enough to prevent bloodshed.
— Full story via Shelly Bradbury and Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post
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