The Deadliest US School Mass Murder Happened In The 1920s
School shootings are unfortunately nothing new to America. But it's not a modern tragedy: the Enoch Brown school massacre predates the invention of the original Colt revolver by 70 years. However, as far as mass-murder goes, no school shooting comes close to the Bath School disaster of 1927.
Bath School Museum
Senior prank day is getting out of hand.
The madness started when a Michigan school board treasurer named Andrew Kehoe killed his wife and blew up his farm with dynamite, which detonated simultaneously with explosives he planted at the nearby Bath Consolidated School. As rescue workers arrived on the scene, Kehoe showed he was playing for keeps by pulling up in a truck filled with even more explosives and blowing himself up, killing the rescuers as well. In total, 58 people were injured and 45 killed -- as many fatal victims as Columbine and Virginia Tech combined. All this, in a tiny village of 300 residents. He killed 1/6th of the population.
As crazy as this sounds, the massacre could have been a lot worse. Subsequent investigation found Kehoe had planted additional charges at the school, which he had planned to detonate as well. Tip to teachers: If you see a crazed man carrying massive amounts of dynamite around school grounds, maybe don't just offer him a casual high five and be on your way?
Bath School Museum
"You go talk to him."
"Hell no, you see how much dynamite he has? You tell him."
So, why did he do it? Apparently, he was upset about high taxes, losing the town clerk election, and, oh yeah, he was fucking nuts. Obviously, the U.S. invested heavily in mental health after the disaster, and nothing like this ever happened again.
The Belgian Congo Was A Nightmare Land Where Severed Hands Were Practically Currency
During the late 19th century, King Leopold II of Belgium requested a huge chunk of central Africa to administer for humanitarian purposes. The European powers figured "eh, those poor people down there probably deserve a break," and the Congo Free State was born. Unfortunately, nobody asked King Leopold's exact definition of "humanitarian."
"It's humanitarian because this is good for me, and I'm human."