Criminology and Forensic Psychology/LAURIE WADE


s,thompson wrote at 2006-06-19 07:20:10
Laurie Wasserman Dann (c. 1958 - 20 May 1988) was an american murderer. Dann grew up in Glencoe, an affluent northern suburb of Chicago. She was the daughter of accountant Norman and Edith Wasserman.

In 1985 she was suspected of attacking her husband Russell Dann in his sleep, by stabbing his chest with an icepick. The case was dropped, and the couple divorced in the same year.

In 1988 she started to make nuisance phone calls that turned into death threats to an ex-boyfriend she dated 18 years earlier. She was already under investigation by the FBI for extortion as she was demanding money in return for halting the phone harassment.

Shortly before the shooting she delivered marshmallow and rice cereal snacks tainted with arsenic to Alpha Tau Omega and Psi Upsilon fraternity houses at Northwestern University in Evanston. Several students were treated for poisoning.

On 20 May 1988, the 30-year-old Dann walked into a second grade classroom at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, Illinois carrying three pistols and began shooting children, killing an eight-year-old boy - Nicholas Corwin - and wounding five others before fleeing. She entered a nearby house where she shot and wounded a 20-year-old man before killing herself.

Subsequent blood tests revealed that at the time of the killings, Dann was on a psychiatric drug of a class clearly shown to cause unexplained hostile and violent behavior.

There were also reports that, just before the shootings, Dann mailed as many as 24 packages of tainted food and juice to friends and acquaintances in Wisconsin and California and several suburbs north of Chicago. (United Press International - May 26, 1988)

A made-for-TV movie, Murder of Innocence, was broadcast by CBS on November 30, 1993. The movie was based on the book of the same name by Eric Zorn, but the names of the characters were changed. Valerie Bertinelli was cast as Laurie Wade, a character based on Laurie Dann.


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Kewliez wrote at 2006-06-19 07:27:32
It's Laurie Dann

unknown wrote at 2006-08-01 16:50:21

And there is a whole website of research on her

and her condition.

marge wrote at 2006-09-21 18:52:08
The womans name was Laurie Dann not Dunn.It was on may 20 1988,in Illinois.

J.K. wrote at 2006-11-16 05:02:11
Actually, the real person portrayed in this movie, is Laurie Dann. Wasserman was her maiden name I believe.

You can look her up on this site..she will come up along with her story!

There are also crime novels written about her as well!

Jessica Mayra wrote at 2006-11-16 21:44:27
Her name is Laurie Dann, not Dunn.  

deedee wrote at 2007-02-11 21:30:40
incorrect,the real name is laurie wasserman Dann.

Check out the info on wikpedia.

Robin wrote at 2007-07-20 04:38:11
Her real name was Laurie Dann, not Laurie Dunn. Check out:

jan wrote at 2007-07-20 05:45:18
it was actually laurie DANN not dunn and that was only one of her three names she used I believe the other was wesserman.

Shirley wrote at 2007-07-20 18:03:12
The name for the woman who commited these murders was Laurie Wasserman Dann, not Dunn.

Google this name and you will find news paper articles regarding her rampage, and other connecting sites.

cricket wrote at 2007-07-21 00:17:41
Correction:  Her real name was Laurie Wasserman DAnn - not DUnn.

Anne Maehle wrote at 2011-02-25 19:13:34
Guess her name was Laurie Dann, not Dunn. She was of a Jewish family in Illinois. Her parents was Edith and Norman Wasseman, he was an accountant.  

BrightLight wrote at 2011-02-28 05:29:37
I've researched this case a bit and indeed there is little information about her and her childhood because her parents refused to cooperate with the investigation following her suicide. Her parents wouldn't even allow her medical history to be released. All that is known is that she was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. So it makes me wonder how she ended up in that condition and if her parents are hiding the facts about how she was treated as a child. She was also on a prescription drug that was supposed to help with the anxiety, but some believe it only made it worse. The name of the pharmaceutical drug is mentioned if you wiki her name.

Kat wrote at 2011-04-13 05:07:46
i found this on wikipedia

S.B. wrote at 2012-06-04 04:00:52
Her name was Laurie Dann.  Not Dunn.

Here is a link about her.

Kirk wrote at 2013-01-30 07:47:08
The movie is also on hulu (its free)and I just watched it. It was a very well made movie especialy for the time.  

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