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Howard Unruh, Who Killed 13 People in 1949 Shooting Spree, Dies at 88 (Photo)

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Photo: Howard Unruh, center, shown with police after his capture on Sept. 6, 1949.

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS/AP) Howard Unruh, who killed 13 people as he walked the streets of Camden, N.J., in a psychotic 1949 shooting spree that was the worst U.S. mass murder at the time, has died at age 88.

Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk said Unruh died Monday at 3:35 p.m. in a Trenton nursing facility after an extended illness.

Unruh had been confined in a state psychiatric hospital since the killings, which became known as the "Walk of Death." Diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, he confessed to the killings and was judged mentally competent but never tried for the Sept. 6, 1949, massacre.

  • Edecio Martinez

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