Canada The Man Who Hated Women

A sick obsession ignites the country's worst mass killing

It was the last hour of fall-term classes at the University of Montreal's engineering school, the Ecole Polytechnique. Students faced eleven days of exams, but at least they could look forward to the cheering prospect of Christmas vacation afterward. That tidy calendar was suddenly and tragically shattered last week in a hail of semiautomatic rifle fire ignited by a bizarre sexual hatred. When the climactic hour ended, Canada had suffered the worst mass murder in its history.

The bloodshed began shortly after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, when Marc Lepine, 25, an unemployed electronics buff who once aspired to study at the...

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