20 Years Ago In TIME

The carnage at Littleton this week had resonance for the San Carlos neighborhood of San Diego, Calif. Twenty years ago, Brenda Spencer was a teenager with a gun and a target: the elementary school across the road. Today she is serving the 20th year of a 25-years-to-life sentence and will be eligible for a parole hearing in 2001. TIME's Feb. 12, 1979, report:

The explanation was incredibly casual. "I don't like Mondays," Brenda Spencer, 16, told reporters by telephone as she held off San Diego police for six hours. But who was she trying to kill as she repeatedly fired a...

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