Abdel Malik Petitjean was one two men who stormed into the French church and cut the throat of the 86-year-old priest.
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The relentless series of mass killings across the globe poses a challenge for experts trying to analyze them without lapsing into faulty generalizations.Meloy said two different syndromes could be surfacing in the series of attacks – contagion, in which one attack rapidly inspires imitation attacks, and copycat incidents, in which an individual seeks to emulate a previous perpetrator.In Germany, for example, the deadliest of four recent attacks was carried out by an 18-year-old German-Iranian who killed nine people in Munich. Police said the young man had researched previous mass attacks, including the rampage in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik that killed 77 people exactly five years before the Munich attack.According to the study, the likelihood of new attacks rose significantly over a two-week period after any widely publicized mass killing or school shooting.The attacker who killed 84 people in Nice, France, on July 14 by driving through a holiday crowd was described as a psychologically troubled and violent man, not linked directly to Daesh.
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