Shooting Suspect Wrote Of Dreaming About Tenure

The suspect in an Alabama university shooting once wrote an unpublished novel in which the main character, a female researcher, described how fulfilling it would be to get a permanent university job.

This police booking photograph released by the Huntsville (Ala.) Police Dept., on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, shows college professor Amy Bishop, charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of three faculty members at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. (AP Photo/Huntsville Police Dept.)

BOSTON -- The suspect in an Alabama university shooting once wrote an unpublished novel in which the main character, a female researcher, described how fulfilling it would be to get a permanent university job.

Authorities say Amy Bishop's real-life inability to get tenure at the University of Alabama in Huntsville may have played a role in the shooting that left three faculty members dead.

A friend says Bishop was frustrated about her battle for tenure, but never let on how furious she was.

Bishop is being held without bond on capital murder charges.

Her attorney says she's remorseful but can't recall the shooting -- which is exactly what she told police after she fatally shot her brother in 1986, a killing that was ruled accidental.


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  • by tp on Feb 21, 2010 at 07:25 PM
    is she dead yet?
  • by Neal SHlonson Location: Kinston on Feb 21, 2010 at 03:12 PM
    Typical, violent, inane woman. No wonder I keep them far, far away from my life, and couldn't be happier.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2010 at 02:51 PM
    This sick individual should have been locked up in a crazy house when she murdered her brother in 1980. Throw the judge that let her walk in with her!
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