Even serious crime can be sense­less,” said Jack Levin, co-​​director of North­eastern University’s Brud­nick Center of Violence.

What does a ram­page shooter get from his killing spree? He makes no money and doesn’t know his vic­tims. Not unlike a ram­page shooter, those who commit petty and use­less crimes may have the same motive: revenge.

But not revenge against a par­tic­ular indi­vidual; instead, the offender’s crime is sym­bolic. He feels like a pariah or an out­sider and seeks to get even with his school, his com­mu­nity, his country, or even with all of humanity,” Levin said.

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