Dothan, Alabama – (AP) - A letter released by investigators shows the
man blamed for last month's killing spree in south Alabama wanted
people to pay for making him and his mother suffer.
In the letter obtained by the Dothan Eagle, 28-year-old Michael
McLendon wrote that he fatally shot his mother while she slept
because she was sick, perhaps with lung cancer. He wrote that he
killed her dogs, too, because she wanted to die with the animals.
Authorities say McLendon fatally shot 10 people before killing
himself March 10. The letter to a family member was found in a
mailbox near his home.
McLendon said he had planned the shootings for later but went
ahead because his mother was suspended from her job.
He wrote that his mother had suffered enough, and so had he.
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