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November 2, 1991 | From Associated Press
A student upset about not getting an academic honor shot four persons to death Friday at the University of Iowa before fatally shooting himself, a school official said. The dead included faculty members and the student who had won the honor. Two others were critically wounded, authorities said. The gunman was identified as Gang Lu, a graduate student in physics from China, Ann Rhodes, vice president of university affairs, said.
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September 2, 2001 | From Associated Press
Bail was set at $7 million Saturday for a man accused of killing seven people, including his girlfriend and her five children, who were bludgeoned to death in their sleep with a hammer. Adam Matthew Moss, 23, stared at the floor or his hands as he appeared before Woodbury County Magistrate John Nelson. Seven first-degree murder accusations were detailed in complaints filed by county prosecutors, who said formal charges would be filed this week.
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January 1, 1988
Robert Dreesman, a 40-year-old loner who apparently killed six relatives before turning the gun on himself, may have been enraged by the holiday attention showered on his sister and her three children, family friends said. "Here he was living with his parents, kind of being the center of attention all the time, and then Marilyn and the kids came home," said state Sen. Berl Priebe, a close friend of the Dreesman family.
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September 1, 2001 | From Associated Press
A 23-year-old man was arrested Friday on suspicion of killing his girlfriend, her five children and an acquaintance in what a shaken police chief called the worst mass murder in the city's history. Adam Matthew Moss was captured without a struggle as he hid behind a pile of plywood, Police Chief Joe Frisbie said after a frantic all-night search by authorities. Police offered no motive for the slayings.
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January 9, 1988 | United Press International
Robert Dreesman, who killed his parents, his sister and her three children, then took his own life, revised his will several weeks before the slayings, leaving just $1 to each family member, according to court papers filed Friday. The rest of Dreesman's estate, which authorities said was "substantial," was earmarked for the World Wildlife Fund, officials said.
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November 3, 1991 | From Associated Press
A former student who killed five people at the University of Iowa wrote letters saying he planned to murder faculty members who did not nominate him for an academic honor, a prosecutor said Saturday. "His state of mind was that of a premeditated, coldblooded murderer," Johnson County Atty. J. Patrick White said of Gang Lu, a former graduate student from China. Lu, who killed himself after the 10-minute rampage Friday, shot and killed three faculty members and the student nominated for the honor.
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September 1, 2001 | From Associated Press
A 23-year-old man was arrested Friday on suspicion of killing his girlfriend, her five children and an acquaintance in what a shaken police chief called the worst mass murder in the city's history. Adam Matthew Moss was captured without a struggle as he hid behind a pile of plywood, Police Chief Joe Frisbie said after a frantic all-night search by authorities. Police offered no motive for the slayings.
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September 2, 2001 | From Associated Press
Bail was set at $7 million Saturday for a man accused of killing seven people, including his girlfriend and her five children, who were bludgeoned to death in their sleep with a hammer. Adam Matthew Moss, 23, stared at the floor or his hands as he appeared before Woodbury County Magistrate John Nelson. Seven first-degree murder accusations were detailed in complaints filed by county prosecutors, who said formal charges would be filed this week.
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November 3, 1991 | From Associated Press
A former student who killed five people at the University of Iowa wrote letters saying he planned to murder faculty members who did not nominate him for an academic honor, a prosecutor said Saturday. "His state of mind was that of a premeditated, coldblooded murderer," Johnson County Atty. J. Patrick White said of Gang Lu, a former graduate student from China. Lu, who killed himself after the 10-minute rampage Friday, shot and killed three faculty members and the student nominated for the honor.
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November 2, 1991 | From Associated Press
A student upset about not getting an academic honor shot four persons to death Friday at the University of Iowa before fatally shooting himself, a school official said. The dead included faculty members and the student who had won the honor. Two others were critically wounded, authorities said. The gunman was identified as Gang Lu, a graduate student in physics from China, Ann Rhodes, vice president of university affairs, said.
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January 9, 1988 | United Press International
Robert Dreesman, who killed his parents, his sister and her three children, then took his own life, revised his will several weeks before the slayings, leaving just $1 to each family member, according to court papers filed Friday. The rest of Dreesman's estate, which authorities said was "substantial," was earmarked for the World Wildlife Fund, officials said.
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January 6, 1988
More than 600 tearful friends and neighbors braved bitter cold as seven members of a prominent Algona, Iowa, family shot to death during a holiday dinner were buried, then eulogized at memorial services. John Dreesman, 79, his wife, Agnes, 74, their daughter Marilyn Chuang, 48, and her three children were shot to death Dec. 29 by the Dreesmans' 40-year-old son, Robert, who then shot himself to death, investigators say.
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