Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Transcript on Laurie Dann

TED KOPPEL
In Winnetka, Illinois, today there was a memorial service and funeral for the second grade boy who was shot and killed in his classroom last Friday. Eight year old Nicholas Corwin died when a woman named Laurie Dann burst into an elementary school and began shooting at the children for no apparent reason. As ABC's Chris Bury reports, there were signs of instability in her past.


CHRIS BURY
[FUNERAL] A small boy's funeral in a driving rain was yet another tragic image left behind by the mad journey of Laurie Dann.
RUSSELL DANN
Why does this have to happen? Why couldn't it have been stopped? When here is a person reaching out for help, she didn't get it and it was a matter of time before this time bomb exploded.
CHRIS BURY
[SCHOOL] Laurie Dann exploded Friday, her reaching out apparently hidden in a rage of violence. [BODY] Not only did she shoot six children, Laurie Dann also sent packets of poison food to people she had known.
DR. HAROLD VISOTSKY
It's almost impossible to predict violence. In normal people or even in people with past histories of mental illness.
CHRIS BURY
[PHOTO] But Dann's history had grown stranger and stranger. [GRAPHICS] It included the suspected stabbing of her ex-husband, telephone death threats to his family and to a former boyfriend. [BLDG] At her Wisconsin apartment neighbors said she rode the elevators for hours.
MAN
Sometimes she would have a note pad and take notes of where people got on and off the elevator.
MAN
Everyone recognized her as the most unusual person in the whole place.
CHRIS BURY
[SU] Many people knew about Laurie Dann's troubles including her family, police and the FBI, yet apparently no one took them seriously enough. Not neighbors who thought her strange but harmless.
WOMAN
She wasn't the type that would frighten me.
CHRIS BURY
Not the families who fired her from babysitting jobs for suspected theft and vandalism.
WOMAN
I think that she had the ability to show well and with time that facade wore thin.
CHRIS BURY
Not even the prosecutor seeking proof that Dann made threatening phone calls.
MICHAEL WALLER
Force them to seek psychiatric or psychological counseling, you need to have evidence against them.
CHRIS BURY
[BODY] So the troubled fragments of Laurie Dann's personality exploded before anyone would or could stop her and innocent people paid the price. Chris Bury, ABC News, Winnetka, Illinois.