ONE of America’s most notorious school shooters Brenda Spencer who infamously inspired the song ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ is eligible for parole.
Spencer was aged just 16 when she killed two adults and wounded eight children at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego in 1979.
Getty – Contributor Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded eight kids at a terrifying school shooting in San Diego in 1979
news8 The killing spree ended when cops talked the teenage killer down with a promise of a Burger King meal
The gunwoman, 56, who has epilepsy and came from a broken home, was asked during a six-hour stand off with police why she was shooting innocent kids.
She responded: “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”
That line, which inspired the Boomtown Rats song of the same name, helped paint Spencer as a cold-blooded sociopath.
But, since her imprisonment, she has claimed to have been drunk on whiskey and high on Phencyclidine (PCP) – a powerful mind-alerting drug – during the killing spree.
The school’s principal Burton Wragg, and caretaker Mike Suchar both lost their lives in the shooting.
Spencer was eventually persuaded to drop her Ruger semi-automatic rifle – given to her as a Christmas present by her father – in exchange for a Burger King meal.
I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the daySchool shooter Brenda Spencer on her motive
She was tried as an adult after pleading guilty to two counts of murder – without ever being cross-examined in court – but was spared the death penalty because of her age.
The teen was given two terms of 25 years to life in prison which would run concurrently and with the chance of parole hearings.
Her lawyers have now told the Daily Mail that her application for parole this year could be successful.
During her decades-long stay at the California Institution for Women, Spencer was diagnosed with depression.
She has since come out as “gay from birth” and self-harmed in 2001, scratching the words “unforgiven and alone” onto her body when her girlfriend was released.
In 2005 a San Diego district attorney used this incident to paint the convicted killer as “psychotic” and unfit for release.
It took just 15 minutes for the Parole Board to reject her application.
School shooter Brenda Spencer speaks of her hopes for the future during 1993 interview
news9 Now aged 56, her lawyers believe she has a chance of being paroled this year
news8 In the early 90s, Spencer claimed she was drunk and high during the shooting
In 1979, school shooting were not common and the killing spree sent shockwaves through the US
news8 A teenage Spencer is led away from the school by cops
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