Spree shooter: ‘I have a good mind’

America’s first spree killer, Howard Unruh, is taken into custody in Camden in 1949.

After war vet Howard Unruh had methodically gunned down 13 of his neighbors — many of them children — during a 20-minute stroll along an East Camden street, he told police officers he wasn’t crazy.

“I’m no psycho. I have a good mind,” spree shooter Unruh said as he was led to a jail cell.

The shootings happened in September 1949 in a working-class section of town known as Cramer Hill. Unruh was an Army veteran who’d seen action in World War II. He’d come home from fighting to live with his mother in a small apartment in the 3200 block of River Road with his mother, Freda.

This New York Times article describing the killings in great detail.

After his arrest, Unruh was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. He spent the next 60 years in confinement. He died in a Trenton nursing home on Oct. 19, 2009 at age 88.