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Mark O. Barton

Mark O. Barton was a spree killer from Stockbridge, Georgia, who, on July 31, 1999, shot and killed 9 people, injuring 13 more. The shootings occurred at two Atlanta day trading corporationss[?] -- Momentum Securities[?] and the All-Tech Investment Group[?]. It is believed that Barton was motivated by $105,000 in losses over the previous two months. Barton commited suicide 4 hours later, at an Acworth gas station, having been spotted by the police.

Following the shootings, police found that Barton's wife and 2 children (Leigh Ann Vandiver Barton[?], Matthew David Barton[?], and Mychelle Elizabeth Barton[?]) had been murdered by hammer blows, a few days before. The children had then been placed facedown in a bathtub[?]. Barton had been a suspect after the 1993 murders of his first wife, Deborah Spivey Barton[?], and her mother, Eloise Powell Spivey[?]; who been beaten to death at Riverside Campground[?], Weiss Lake[?], in northeastern Alabama.

Quotes

  • Immediately prior to the shootings he was heard to say:
    • "I hope this doesn't ruin your trading day."
  • "There may be similarities between these deaths and the death of my first wife Debra Spivey. However, I deny killing her and her mother. There is no reason for me to lie now."



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