This day in history: Brenda Spencer

Pat from BelchSpeak was kind enough to send me this link to let me know that 29 years ago today was when Brenda Spencer opened fire on a San Diego elementary school that was across the street from her house. She ended up killing two and wounding nine.

Pat asked me whatever became of her and I directed him to this post from 3 years ago when she was last denied parole.

Pat, in his usual manner, replied…

What? she hasn’t been released yet because she was a child at the time of the shooting and there is not a shred of DNA evidence that says she did it??


That’s the difference between now and then. Then there was no debate on what to do with a 16-year-old murderer. She was sentenced to life.

Tell me why

School Shooter Denied Parole For 4th Time:

The original school shooter, Brenda Spencer of the infamous “I don’t like Mondays” shooting, was denied parole for the fourth time since being sentenced to 25 to life back in 1980. For those of you who may not be old enough to remember…

Spencer opened fire with a .22-caliber rifle on Cleveland Elementary School, across the street from her San Carlos home, in January 1979. The principal and a custodian were killed, and eight students and an officer were wounded.

Spencer told a reporter during the SWAT standoff that she fired three dozen shots at the school because she “didn’t like Mondays,” adding the shooting “livens up the day.”

Yes, that it is what the Boomtown Rats song is about.

According to Snopes, this is why she’s been turned down before…

She has been up for parole three times and has been turned down each time, the last in 2001. At her first parole hearing she expressed doubt that any of the victims were hit by bullets from her rifle and contended they might have been shot by police. She also claimed to have been under the influence of alcohol and hallucinogenic drugs at the time of the shootings and asserted prosecutors and her attorney had conspired to fabricate test evidence showing she had no drugs in her system. By her third parole hearing she was admitting guilt and expressing remorse but was still contending she had been drunk and high on marijuana laced with PCP the day of her deadly rampage. She also claimed something new, that she had been beaten and sexually abused by her father, an avowal conspicuously absent from previous records.

She’s changed her story so many times I can see why she’s been repeatedly denied parole. And isn’t it ironic that she was denied parole on a Monday? I guess she really doesn’t like them now.

Tip to Zappa Crappa