New TV series Murderers And Their Mothers explores the circumstances leading up to the school massacre in 1996.
In March that year, loner Thomas Hamilton calmly walked into the gymnasium at Dunblane Primary School in Stirlingshire, in Scotland, and shot dead 16 children and one teacher before killing himself.
He had been raised to believe that his mother, Agnes, was his sister while his great aunt and uncle acted as his parents.
He was told the truth only when he was in his 20s, which could have resulted in a “schizoid personality”.
The programme also reveals that faced with paedophile allegations from his time as a scout leader and then as head of his own boys’ club, Hamilton took solace in his collection of firearms.
Psychoanalytic psychologist Peter Aylward, author of Understanding Dunblane And Other Massacres, says: “His relationship with guns took a perverse course.
“He used to talk, apparently, to his guns as if they were children and it was as if the guns replaced the children that he’d tried to gather around him.
“In this way he had complete and utter control over his guns and his ammunition in a way that he never could with his children.”
The evening before the shooting, Hamilton visited Agnes and spent four hours at her home enjoying dinner and a warm bath.
Mr Aylward believes he revelled in the fact that, on this occasion, it was him with a secret.
He said: “Him spending time with his mother was something intriguing for me, as if here he was, the night before such an atrocity, spending time with a mother who didn’t know something that he knew.”
Dr Elizabeth Yardley, associate professor of criminology, at Birmingham City University, agreed that he was most probably plotting the final aspects of his murderous plan in the bath tub.
She said: “Absolutely. This is often the case when you have mass killers like Hamilton.
“They don’t snap. They don’t decide overnight. This is something that bubbles away for years and years, all that resentment all that feeling victimised.
“It’s something that is cooking away in the background and it’s often something they will fantasise about, ruminate over. It really doesn’t come out of the blue.”
Murderers And Their Mothers begins tonight with the case of 21-year-old Mark Howe from Leicester, who murdered his mother Tina in 2013, stabbing her 53 times.
He was obsessed with TV serial killer drama Dexter.
Source : Internet