On November the 13th, 1990, the innocence of the small seaside settlement of Aramoana was violently destroyed, destroyed by the crazed actions of a single man, David Gray. During the course of twenty four hours, David Gray rampaged through Aramoana on an insatiable killing spree, with witnesses claiming he was intent on “killing everyone”. Gray not only slaughtered the innocence of Aramoana, but he also slaughtered thirteen men, women and children, indiscriminately firing at “anything that moved” with his semiautomatic assault rifle. The Armed Offenders Squad sealed off the town and waited for the morning, when they decided to move in, unaware of Gray’s location, but knowing that he must be stopped, after a search, he was found and shot dead.
The massacre caused hurt, distress and anguish among those who had lost loved ones and family members to Grays rampage and a change of gun laws within New Zealand at a political level. However, the facts and figures about what happened during that violent period of time are easily found, what is not so easy to understand is why someone such as David Gray, who was seen by those around him as “a loner” and other such alienations, would suddenly snap, and start randomly murdering anyone in sight, however, only speculations on why that happened can be made, as any certainty as to the exact causes followed him to the grave.