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Warnings Unheeded: Twin Tragedies at Fairchild Air Force Base
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On 20 June 1994, a former airman sought vengeance with a rifle at the Fairchild Air Force Base hospital.
Four days later a rogue pilot crashed a B-52 bomber during an air-show practice flight.
Both tragedies had been predicted and repeatedly warned about.
The base psychiatrist knew the airman was dangerous.
“This is the kind of patient who … one day … he’s going to come back and kill you.”
Aircrews knew the rogue pilot was dangerous.
“We predicted the worst air-show disaster in history when we found out that he was gonna fly.”
Have you ever heard someone say that a tragedy struck without warning?
Read Warnings Unheeded and see the precursors of violence and tragedy in this page-turning true story of mental illness, mass murder and aviation disaster.
“In vivid and thoroughly researched detail, Andy Brown masterfully weaves two tragic stories … this is an important and well-written read.”
Gregory K. Moffatt, Ph.D., Author of Blind-Sided: Homicide Where it is Least Expected
On 20 June 1994, a former airman sought vengeance with a rifle at the Fairchild Air Force Base hospital. Four days later a rogue pilot crashed a B-52 outside of Fairchild’s Nuclear Weapon Storage Area. Both tragedies had been predicted and repeatedly warned about.
Warnings Unheeded is a rare look inside the troubled mind of a would-be active shooter. It is an exclusive look at a talented pilot whose dangerous flying prompted aircrews to refuse to fly with him. It is a look at the leadership culture that allowed both men to travel unchecked on the pathway toward destruction.
This unique true-crime book reads like a suspense novel, densely packed with details garnered from medical records, police reports and first-hand accounts obtained from journal entries, letters, witness statements and personal interviews. These empowering stories detail the heroic response to the tragedies, the events that lead up to them, the precursors of violence and disaster and the traumatic aftermath.
Written by Andy Brown, the man who ended the hospital killing spree. Brown’s narrative focuses mainly on others, including the heroic life-saving actions of hospital patrons and staff, but he also describes the preparations he made which enabled him to win a pistol-versus-rifle gunfight as well as his own experience with the effects of trauma.
“An amazing book. An instant classic. Staff Sergeant Brown is a true guardian who saved countless lives with supernatural marksmanship skill in a moment of great need, but he has also proven himself to be a true warrior-wordsmith who will save even more lives, as the lessons from this book are learned and applied in our current violent times. Absolutely “required reading” for law enforcement and mental health professionals, but also profoundly valuable for anyone who wants to understand violence and mental illness in our society today.”
Lt Col Dave Grossman (US Army, retired)
Author of On Combat, On Killing, and Assassination Generation
“There are specific lessons in this book that can help us to prevent lethal tragedy. Lessons for bosses, subordinates, and coworkers. Lessons for law enforcement, and for psychologists, and for human resources personnel. But there are also general lessons for all of us that can save lives, though perhaps not so dramatically nor so heroically as Andy Brown saving uncounted lives when he ‘rode to the sound of the guns.’”
From the Foreword written by Massad Ayoob
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