The online bluster adds up to what soci­ol­o­gists call a sense of aggrieved enti­tle­ment, and like vir­tu­ally all mass mur­ders, Mr. Bourque’s alleged actions — he now faces three first-​​degree murder charges, and two of attempted murder — sought to ease it by indulging in a brutal revenge.

That’s part of a much larger trend that has been noted by the FBI in the United States and seems to have cross-​​cut the bor­ders between the United States and Canada. There are larger num­bers of orga­nized groups, but each of them is very small in size, con­sisting of typ­i­cally a few friends. And in addi­tion there are more lone wolves. This makes it very dif­fi­cult for fed­eral agents to infil­trate,” said Jack Levin, pro­fessor of soci­ology and crim­i­nology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston, and author of Extreme Killing: Under­standing Serial and Mass Murder.

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