US' first mass killer dies at 88

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Howard Barton Unruh, who shot and killed 13 people as he walked the streets of New Jersey 60 years ago, has died at the age of 88.

Diagnosed as mentally ill, he never stood trial. He is widely regarded by many as the first single-episode mass murderer in the United States.

Unruh, who was confined in a state psychiatric hospital after the rampage, died on Monday after a long illness.

Unruh had planned whom he was going to shoot for up to a year beforehand.

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