Did Jilted Professor Amy Bishop Kill Before?

By David Schoetz

Feb 13, 2010 5:00pm

  Embedded below is the brief segment we reported at the top of last night's show about yesterday's faculty shooting on the Huntsville campus of University of Alabama. Authorities today provided new details — specifically, Bishop taught her neuroscience class and then attended a biology faculty meeting, where she sat for roughly a half-hour before allegedly pulling a 9-millimeter gun and opening fire. Three faculty members were killed, including G.K. Podila, the department chair; Maria Ragland Davis, whose tearful stepdaughter appears in our segment; and Adriel D. Johnson Sr. Three others — two professors and one staffer — were injured. The weapon was recovered from a second-floor bathroom, according to police. Authorities also confirmed today that her bid at tenure had been denied.  So far, the 42-year-old mother of four has been charged with one count of capital murder. Several additional charges are expected. In a bizarre twist, the Boston Globe reported today that Bishop, who receiving doctoral training at Harvard, fatally shot her 18-year-old brother in a Boston suburb in 1986. Current Braintree police chief Paul Frazier confirmed the report at a news conference today. Bishop was never booked or charged and the case was ruled an accident. But records for the case have been missing since 1988, Frazier said.  Click here for the Boston Globe report about the previous shooting. Click here for a New York Times report that looks at the pressures of academia. Click here for a Huntsville Times report that has extensive local color. 

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