Archive Page - 08/16/13 41 years, 2,180 covers and 55,277 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Watch a Contestant Win the Worst Prize Ever on The Price Is Right
- The Best Photos from the Week of Apr. 27- May 3, 2015
- Date Night! Inside Kim and Kanye's Lovey-Dovey 2015 Met Gala
- Koala Casually Enters Australian Hospital's Emergency Room
- You Have to See the Prancing Elites Dance to Chris Brown's 'It Won't Stop'
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- April 01, 1996
- Vol. 45
- No. 13
Deadly Deja Vu
The Dunblane Massacre Calls Up a Grim Memory Captured in Author Phil Caputo's Latest Novel
Indeed, Caputo's new book, Equation for Evil, eerily anticipates the Dunblane slaughter. The novel tells of a loner named Duane Boggs who ambushes a school bus and murders 14 children and the driver before killing himself with a gunshot to the head. Caputo, 54, based his fiction on the 1989 case in Stockton, Calif., in which 26-year-old drifter Patrick Purdy opened fire with an AK-47 assault rifle on an elementary school playground, slaying 5 children and wounding 29 others before ending his life.
Caputo's first fear was that "some nut had picked up my book, read it and decided to do something even worse than what my fictional Boggs did." He was relieved on that account when he later learned his book is not yet available in Great Britain. Still, Caputo, who spent 10 weeks in Stockton researching Purdy's crime, was struck by the similarities between it and Scottish killer Thomas Hamilton's bloody rampage in Dunblane. Most obvious and horrifying, he says: the targeting of children. "These men choose children essentially because they're cowards and they're terrified by the possibility of resistance," says Caputo. "More important, Purdy and possibly Hamilton, both of whom felt rejected by the world, wanted to inflict upon society a pain as great as they felt society had inflicted on them. What greater way to cause society pain than to kill its most innocent members?"
Caputo, having interviewed members of the victims' families and residents of Stockton, adds that it is virtually impossible for a community to recover fully from such a tragedy. "I visited Stockton two or three years after Purdy, and the massacre was still very real to the people there," he says. "It can't heal in the sense that you can't integrate a horror like that into your life. It remains a scar forever, at least for the generation that witnessed it."
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!