There are 15 days left until Halloween and today is Monday- the slowest day of the week. Does anyone like Mondays? I know one person that doesn’t like Mondays- Brenda Spencer, ring a bell?
The long red haired thick glasses wearing 16 years old decided to make her Monday fun. On January 29, 1979, in San Diego, California, Brenda Spencer faked sick and played hooky from school and pulled out her Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle and terrorized the Cleveland Elementary School. She had killed two adults: School principal Burton Wragg and custodian Custodian Mike Suchar and wounded nine children and a police officer.
No one was suspected of the shooting until a San Diego Union-Tribune journalist called Spencer’s home to interview witness within the school area and revealed herself as the shooter. She tells the journalist the reason behind the shooting is because “ I don’t like Mondays,” This livens up the day.” After several hours, the San Diego police surrounded Brenda in her home until she surrendered because she was craving a cheeseburger.” Isn’t that crazy. After her conviction, her quote ” I don’t like Mondays” became catchy. The band, The Boomtown Rats, made a song ” I don’t like Mondays.”
The Boomtown Rats- I Don’t like Mondays (1979) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaHAvEEbQOE
Overall, Brenda Spencer was charged with two counts of first degree murder and 10 counts of attempted murder and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Now at 55, Spencer still remains in the California Institution for Women in Chino, California. She was previously denied parole in 1993, 2001 and 2005, and will not be eligible to try again for 10 years.