Howard Unruh, before
the murders, showing his guns.
Howard Unruh, who carried out one of America's most infamous mass
shootings, killing 13 people,
being taken into custody in 1949 after the shootings in Camden,
In a 20-minute, seemingly emotionless stroll through his Camden
neighborhood, Mr. Unruh fatally
shot his neighbors, three of them
children. Mr. Unruh in custody afterward.
The shootings were particularly shocking because no one could
remember anything like that.
Few of his neighbors in the working-class
Cramer Hill section of East Camden had
paid him much notice. Mr.
Unruh's high school record.
After the shootings, Mr. Unruh fled to his apartment, where some 50
converged there and blazed away with machine guns,
shotguns and pistols.
Mr. Unruh's apartment was on the second floor of a River Road
pharmacy building. During an interlude,
the assistant city editor of
The Camden Courier-Post, Philip Buxton, phoned the house.
you killing people?" he asked Mr. Unruh. "I don't know," Mr. Unruh
Mr. Unruh's apartment. A search of his room turned up 700 cartridges,
a book called "The Shooter's
Bible" and a New Testament Bible. Mr.
Unruh's half-century in confinement was largely
without incident. He
died at 88 at a nursing home in Trenton.
September 6, 1949 - Howard Unruh, of Camden N.J., killer of 12
persons, with hands shackled,
sitting in Camden City Hall after
questioning by detectives.
Parabellum in 7.65mm
Howard Barton Unruh in court in Camden, N.J., in 1998.