List of atheist shooters and serial killers

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The following is a list of atheist shooters and serial killers. Atheists have a long record of being mass shooters and militant atheism in general has a causal association with mass murder.

Due to this fact, peer reviewed research published in academic journals has found that society-at-large is likely to hold atheists responsible for capital criminal acts and that even atheists are likely to assume that serial killers are fellow atheists.[2][3][4]

United States: Atheist shooters or serial killers

Jared Loughner's mugshot, released January 10, 2011
  • Connor Betts: the Dayton, Ohio nightclub shooter and avowed Marxist who killed 9 people (August 2019)[5][6][7][8][9]
  • Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Santa Fe, Texas shooter who killed at least 10 people at a public school, described himself as an atheist on his Facebook page (May 2018)[10]
  • Gabriel Ross Parker, shooter at Marshall County High School in Kentucky who murdered two people (January 2018)[11][12][13]
  • Devin Patrick Kelley, perpetrator of the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting at First Baptist Church, murdered 26 people (November 2017)[14][15][16][17][18][19]
  • Chris Harper Mercer, Umpqua Community College gunman (October 2015)[20][21]
  • Craig Stephen Hicks, perpetator of the Chapel Hill Shootings (February 2015)[22]
  • Jared Lee Loughner, perpetrator of the Tucson Shootings (January 2011)[23]
  • Seung-Hui Cho, perpetrator of the Virginia Tech shootings (April 2007)[24]
  • Jeffrey Dahmer, serial killer and sex offender responsible for the rape, murder, and dismemberment of seventeen men and boys (1978 - 1991)[1]
  • James Oliver Huberty, perpetrator of the San Ysidro McDonald's massacre (July 1984)[25]
  • Carl Panzram (1891-1930) was an American serial killer, rapist, arsonist, robber and burglar. In his autobiography and prison confessions Panzram claimed he committed 21 murders (a majority of which were not corroborated) and over 1,000 sodomies of boys and men. He was executed for murdering a prison employee at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. Panzram declared "“I don't believe in man, God nor Devil. I hate the whole damned human race, including myself. I preyed upon the weak, the harmless and the unsuspecting. This lesson I was taught by others: might makes right.”[26]
Dressed in all black with his face covered, Antifa terrorist Connor Betts during the Dayton nightclub attack.[27][28] Betts stated “I want socialism, and I’ll not wait for the idiots to finally come round understanding.”
  • Darrell Brooks an anti-Christian atheist, an Anti-Semitic and Anti-White racist, Black supremacist, Black Lives Matter and Black Panther Party supporter, anti-police pedophile. He was arrested after ramming people celebrating in a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin with his car on November 21, 2021, killing 6 people including one child and injuring at least 62 others.

World: Atheist shooters or serial killers

  • Vladislav Roslyakov: an eighteen years old Russian school student, he is convicted for school shooting and bomb attack in Kerch in Crimea on 17 October 2018 and killing 20 people and wounded 70 others in Kerch Polytechnic College. he is an Anti-Christian Russian atheist who burned Bible verses with influence of violent Video games.[29]

Young mass murderers and atheism

See also: Young mass murderers

A significant portion of the recent incidents involving young mass murderers have involved atheists.

Study: People assume serial killers are atheists

See also: Atheism and serial killers and Atheism and mass murder and Atheism and morality

The news and analysis website Axios reported:

A new study published in Nature Human Behaviour found that people around the world are predisposed to believe that atheists are more likely to be serial killers than religious believers — a bias even held by atheists themselves.

By the numbers: The study included 3,256 participants across 13 diverse countries that included highly secular nations like Finland and the Netherlands as well as highly religious ones like the United Arab Emirates and India.[30]

Atheists and psychological factors related to mass shooters

Atheist mass shooter Devin Patrick Kelley

The atheist PZ Myers, quoting fellow leftist Alex Nichols, said that jibes associating outspoken atheists with neckbeards (among other things) caused many liberals/leftists to leave the atheist tent and those who remained for the most part lacked in social skills and self-awareness.[31] See also: Atheism and social skills

See also: Atheist mass shooters and Atheists and psychological factors related to mass shooters

The FBI has performed some preliminary research on the psychology of mass shooters: FBI on psychology of mass shooters and FBI Study Identifies Warning Signs Of Future Mass Shooters.

John Stott in his 2018 Daily Caller article entitled What Is The Religion Of Mass Public Shooters? wrote:

Just 16 percent have any type of religious affiliation at the time of their attacks, with a slight majority of those being Muslims.

Over just over 20 years from the beginning of January 1998 through today, there have been 69 killers committing 66 mass public shootings in the United States where at least four people have been killed. Of those attacks, just four have been identified as Christians, with just three clearly regular churchgoers. With 70 percent of Americans identifying themselves as Christians and over 33 percent going to church at least once a week, those numbers are a long way away from the 48 or 23 we would respectively expect.[32]

Mass shooters often have these characteristics:

1. Frequently are sociopaths or have psychopathic tendencies (see: Atheism and sociopathy and Atheism and psychopathy).[33]

2. Most mass shooters are men. Of the 62 cases of American mass shooters from 1982–2012, one of them was a woman.[34] The majority of atheists are men (see: Atheism and women).

3. Tend to be proud, narcissists who crave attention (see: Atheism and arrogance and Atheism and narcissism).[35][36]

4. Many are loners (see: Atheism and loneliness and Atheism and social outcasts and Atheism and social/interpersonal intelligence and Atheism and marriage).[37]

5. Many have interpersonal conflicts with family, friends, and colleagues at work or school (see: Atheism and social/interpersonal intelligence and Atheist factions)[38]

6. Often have substance abuse problems (See: Atheism and alcoholism and Atheism and drug addiction).[38]

7. Most mass shooters have mental illness (see: Atheism and mental illness).[39]

8. Often kill themselves or engage in "death by cop" (see: Atheism and suicide).[36]

9. Frequently tend to kill out of revenge/bitterness/unforgiveness/anger (see: Atheism and bitterness and Atheism and unforgiveness and Atheism and anger and Atheism and love).[38][40]

10. Often have poor emotional control (see: Atheism and negative emotions/thoughts).

11. Frequently are very unhappy people (see: Atheism and happiness and Atheism and depression).[41]

12. Many mass shooters are disgruntled people with a sense of entitlement (see: Atheism and gratitude and Atheism and envy).[35][37]

13. Most come from fatherless homes (see: Atheism and illegitimate births and Atheism and divorce and Atheism and poor relationships with parents and Psychology of atheism).[42]

14. Mass shooters often see violence as the only answer (see: Atheism and violence and Irreligion and domestic violence and Atheism and mass murder and Atheist atrocities and Atheism and human rights violations).[43]

15. According to Business Insider: "According to the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety, the majority of mass shootings in the US are in some way related to domestic or family violence. A 2018 Everytown report indicates that in at least 54% of mass shootings, the perpetrator also shot a current or former intimate partner or family member." (see: Irreligion and domestic violence).[44]

16. A little over third of the adult mass shooters had prior criminal convictions (see: Irreligious prison population and Religion and crime reduction).[38]

17. Often have health concerns which acts as a stressor in their lives (see: Atheism and health and Irreligion and recovery from illnesses and Atheism and life expectancy)[38]

18. Many are active on the internet and frequently it is found that they have posted disturbing things on social media and/or other websites (see: Internet atheism).

A study entitled Mass Shootings and Media Contagion Theory: Social Media’s Influence on Frequency of Incidents published by Kristina J. Lee at Elon University indicates:

This study suggests that there is a pattern between the spread of mass shooting news on social media platforms and the increase in these crimes. Over time, as social media has increased in usage, so has the coverage of news concerning mass shootings. This also further reflects shooters’ desire for fame and their tendency to copy a crime.

Evidence from this study reveals a large increase in the number of mass shootings after 2011’s social media milestones, and one can conclude that social media most likely has some effect on these crimes, although the degree of this relationship is beyond the scope of this study.[45]

Agnostic shooters, serial killers and domestic terrorists

  • Timothy McVeigh (April 23, 1968 – June 11, 2001) was the main perpetrator in the Oklahoma City Bombing on April 19, 1995, which killed 168 people in the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history. Contrary to the popular and oft-repeated belief among liberals and the irreligious, McVeigh was not a right-wing evangelical Christian. In fact, McVeigh was raised Roman Catholic, but professed agnosticism.[47] His political beliefs were libertarian.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Stone Phillips, Jeffrey Dahmer (1994). Jeffrey Dahmer Interview - MSNBC Footage. Dateline NBC. Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  2. Pettit, Harry (August 7, 2017). Do we need religion to have good morals? Even atheists think horrific crimes are likely committed by atheists. Daily Mail. Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  3. Atheists tend to be seen as immoral – even by other atheists: study. The Guardian (August 7, 2017). Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  4. Daisy Grewal (January 17, 2012). In Atheists We Distrust. Scientific American. Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  5. Another atheist shooter
  6. Picture of Conner Bretts wearing an atheist patch on his vest
  7. Paso, Dayton shootings appear motivated by opposite sides of political spectrum, Christian Post, 2019
  8. Dayton shooter was apparently a self-professed ‘leftist,’ Warren & Sanders fan – Twitter, Russia Today
  9. The victims of the Dayton mass shooting, including the gunman's sister, two young mothers and a college graduate student, Daily Mail
  10. With graduation just days away, Texas school becomes latest casualty — 10 dead, 10 wounded in latest campus shooting, LA Times
  11. Sayers, Justin; Wolfson, Andrew (March 7, 2018). Gabe Parker saw Marshall County school shooting as an experiment, officer says. The Courier-Journal. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  12. Police: Teen Saw Shooting as Experiment, Showed No Remorse. U.S. News & World Report (from the Associated Press). March 8, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  13. Root, Kayla (January 25, 2018). Kentucky Shooter Joined Atheist Group, but Couldn't Stop ALL These Students from Praying. CBN News. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  14. Stanton, Jenny (November 5, 2017). Texas church shooter Devin Kelley was an 'outcast'. Daily Mail. Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  15. Shoebat, Theodore (November 5, 2017). Make No Mistake About It, The Man Who Slaughtered 26 Christians In A Baptist Church In Texas Was An Atheist Who Hated Christ And The Christian Faith. Walid Shoebat. Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  16. UPDATE: Sutherland Springs Gunman Devin Kelley Wore "All Black" - Facebook Page Suggests He Was Diehard Atheist, CNN Fan. The Gateway Pundit (November 5, 2017). Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  17. Devin Kelley: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know. Heavy (November 5, 2017). Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  18. Texas shooter Devin Patrick Kelley was a radical SJW Atheist!. OneHallyu (November 5, 2017). Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  20. Katie Zavadski (October 2, 2015). Umpqua Gunman Chris Harper Mercer Hated Religion Online. The Daily Beast. Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  21. Eli Saslow, Sarah Kaplan and Joseph Hoyt (October 2, 2015). Oregon shooter said to have singled out Christians for killing in ‘horrific act of cowardice’. The Washington Post. Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  22. The Chapel Hill shooting: White male atheist murders three Muslim students. New Statesman. Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  23. Who is Jared Loughner? Friends Reveal Alienation. CBS News (January 10, 2011). Retrieved on 7 October 2017. “An ardent atheist, he began to characterize people as sheep whose free will was being sapped by the government and the monotony of modern life.”
  24. Keane, Brett (August 16, 2017). Atheists List of Killers and Criminals. GodTVRadio News. Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  25. Wolcott, Martin Gilman (2004). The Evil 100. Kensington Publishing Corporation. ISBN 9780806525556. Retrieved on October 7, 2017. 
  26. Carl Panzram Quotes
  30. People assume serial killers are atheists, Axios
  31. Poisoning of a movement by PZ Myers
  32. What Is The Religion Of Mass Public Shooters? by John Stott, Daily Caller, 2018
  33. Inside the mind of Nikolas Cruz and other mass school shooters,
  34. A Guide to Mass Shootings in America, Mother Jones, 2019
  35. 35.0 35.1 American Narcissism and Mass Shooters, Psychology Today
  36. 36.0 36.1 FBI on psychology of mass shooters
  37. 37.0 37.1 Serial Killers vs. Mass Murderers,
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 38.4 FBI Study Identifies Warning Signs Of Future Mass Shooters
  39. Op-Ed: Actually, there is a clear link between mass shootings and mental illness by GRANT DUWE AND MICHAEL ROCQUE, Los Angeles Times, 2018
  40. Anger, Rage and Pathological Embitterment: What Motivates Mass Murders? by Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D., Psychology Today
  41. Inside the mind of Nikolas Cruz and other mass school shooters,
  42. Shootings and Fatherlessness: A Clarification on the Data, Crisis Magazine
  43. 11 Shocking Common Traits Of Mass Shooters
  44. The men behind the US's deadliest mass shootings have domestic violence — not mental illness — in common, Business Insider
  45. Mass Shootings and Media Contagion Theory: Social Media’s Influence on Frequency of Incidents by Kristina J. Lee at Elon University
  46. Rogers, Abby (July 23, 2012). Alleged Shooter James Holmes Bragged Of 'Soul Penetrating Eyes' On Dating Website (English). Business Insider. Retrieved on October 8, 2017. “In his profile, Holmes described himself as an agnostic man who "definitely" wants kids, only drinks "socially," and doesn't smoke.”

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