Police said 28-year-old Audrey Hale, who murdered six people, three of them 9-year-olds, at a Nashville Christian primary school at the end of March, left a manifesto, artwork, and other writings.
Authorities say Hale researched mass shooters, planned and targeted the school, and left a paper trail. Other murders left similar papers, perhaps motivating future murderers.
"When people intent on killing others write manifestos, they want their motivation to be publicized," said DeSales University forensic psychology professor Katherine Ramsland. "It can be a suicide note, a punishment, or an inspiration."
On March 27, 2023, Metro Nashville Police released footage of 28-year-old Audrey Elizabeth Hale stalking The Covenant School, a church-affiliated Christian primary school. Nashville Police
The National Police Association, media, and many citizens seek answers. The law enforcement group's counsel says "outside influences" are interfering with local police's efforts to keep the manifesto secret.
Doug Pierce, the lawyer for the National Police Association and private investigator Clata Brewer in a lawsuit against the City of Nashville and Davidson County, said state law is "simple and straightforward" and papers must be released unless exempt.
"It's heartbreaking when you think of it, 9-year-old children gunned down," Pierce told Fox News Digital. "It's very sick, sad, and heartbreaking."
Unless exempted, Tennessee government agencies' papers are public records. City and county authorities claim an inquiry is underway. The NPA and other plaintiffs claim there is no current law enforcement action as the shooter is dead.
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