South Carolina Killer Unmasked…and Killed.

07 Jul

His name is Patrick Tracy Burris. He killed 5 people in South Carolina. He shot a cop in North Carolina. He was a known felon with crimes in at least 5 states. He had just been paroled in April after serving 8 years for felony B&E and larceny and had an outstanding warrant for parole violation hanging over his head. He is dead. Shot by a cop in Gaston County, NC. Folks 50 miles south, down in Gaffney, SC, can now breath a little easier.


Patrick Tracy Burris. Multiple murderers always get three names. This is avoid confusion with all the law abiding Patrick Burris’ out there.

Apparently the gun Burris was carrying at the time of his death was matched to bullets taken from the other shootings. But the nagging question left unanswered is why? Why did he kill so many people? What was his drive, his motive? As I discussed here earlier, was he a serial killer or a spree killer. I’d bet on the later. From what I read about his history he was an angry man who didn’t play well with others. I’d suspect his rumbling anger at life, the world, himself, whatever drove him to action. We might never know. Hopefully someone will do a psychological autopsy on him and maybe we can gain some understanding.

Psychological Autopsy For Death Investigation by Dr. Katherine Ramsland

The State

Charlotte Observer


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