[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/03/12/alabama.rampage.recovery/art.first.baptist.cnn.jpg caption="First Baptist Church in Samson, Alabama, held a Wednesday night prayer service. "]
James Alan Fox
Special to CNN
Massacre/suicide has become an all too familiar sight on the electronic pages of this and other news sites.
But Tuesday's rampage in Samson, Alabama - with a body count reaching to the double digits - forces us to struggle mightily in search of plausible explanations and effective solutions.
What could have prompted 28-year-old Michael McLendon to shoot to death his mother, grandmother, uncle, cousin and six others - some of whom appear just to have been in the worst place at the worst time - before turning the gun on himself?
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