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Mark O. Barton
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Mark O. Barton
Background information
Birth name Mark Orrin Barton
Occupation Daytrader
Born April 2, 1955
Died

July 29, 1999
Acworth, Georgia, United States

Cause of Death Suicide
Killings
Date July 27 – July 29, 1999
Target(s) Daytraders at All-Tech Investment Group & Momentum Securities
Location(s) Stockbridge, Georgia, United States
Killed 12
Injured 13
Weapon(s) Hammer
Colt 1911A1
Glock 17
H&R Revolver
Raven MP-25

Mark Orrin Barton (April 2, 1955 – July 29, 1999) was a spree killer from Stockbridge, Georgia, who, on July 29, 1999, shot and killed 9 people and injured 13 more. The shootings occurred at two Atlanta day trading firms, Momentum Securities and the All-Tech Investment Group. It is believed that Barton, a daytrader, was motivated by $105,000 USD in losses over the previous two months. Four hours after the Atlanta shootings, Barton committed suicide at a gas station in Acworth, Georgia. He had been spotted by police and was ordered to stop, but shot and killed himself before the police could reach him.

Following the shootings, police searching Barton's home found that his second wife and two children (Leigh Ann Vandiver Barton, Matthew David Barton (12), and Mychelle Elizabeth Barton(10)) had been murdered by hammer blows before the shooting spree; the children had then been placed in bed, as if sleeping. According to a note Barton left at the scene, his wife was killed July 27, and the children murdered July 28.[1]

Prior to the massacre, Barton had been a suspect in the 1993 beating deaths of his first wife, Debra Spivey, and her mother, Eloise Spivey, in Cherokee County, Alabama. Although he was never charged in either of the crimes - and though the note he left with the bodies of his children and his second wife denied any involvement in the 1993 murders[2] - he is still considered a suspect in those murders by authorities.[3]

Contents

Education

Barton attended the University of South Carolina, where he graduated with a chemistry degree in 1979.[4]

Quotes

  • Immediately prior to entering the manager's office at All-Tech, Barton was heard to say, "I hope this doesn't ruin your trading day."
  • "There may be similarities between these deaths and the death of my first wife Debra Spivey. However, I deny killing her and her mother. There is no reason for me to lie now."[5]

Victims

[6][7]

  • Leigh Ann Vandiver Barton, 27, wife of Mark Barton
  • Matthew David Barton, 11, son of Mark Barton
  • Mychelle Elizabeth Barton, 8, daughter of Mark Barton
  • Allen Charles Tenenbaum, 48, daytrader at All-Tech Investment Group
  • Dean Delawalla, 52, daytrader at All-Tech Investment Group
  • Joseph J. Dessert, 60, daytrader at All-Tech Investment Group
  • Jamshid Havash, 45, daytrader at All-Tech Investment Group
  • Vadewattee Muralidhara, 44, took a computer course at All-Tech Investment Group
  • Edward Quinn, 58, daytrader at Momentum Securities
  • Kevin Dial, 38, office manager at Momentum Securities
  • Russell J. Brown, 42, daytrader at Momentum Securities
  • Scott A. Webb, 30, daytrader at Momentum Securities

References

  1. ^ NY Times (1999-07-31). "Shootings in Atlanta: The Notes". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C05E1DD1331F932A05754C0A96F958260&n=Top/Reference/Times%20Topics/People/B/Barton,%20Mark%20O.. Retrieved 2007-11-04. "Following are excerpts from a letter and the texts of three notes apparently written by Mark O. Barton and left in the Barton home..."  
  2. ^ NY Times (1999-07-31). "Shootings in Atlanta: The Notes". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C05E1DD1331F932A05754C0A96F958260&n=Top/Reference/Times%20Topics/People/B/Barton,%20Mark%20O.. Retrieved 2007-11-04. "Following are excerpts from a letter and the texts of three notes apparently written by Mark O. Barton and left in the Barton home..."  
  3. ^ Cabell, Brian; Mike Boettcher, Martin Savidge, Holly Firfer (1999-07-30). "Georgia killer's notes show a troubled man". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/US/9907/30/atlanta.shooting.06/. Retrieved 2007-11-04. "Mark Barton was a suspect in the murders six years ago of his first wife, Debra Spivey Barton, 36, and her mother, Eloise Spivey, 59."  
  4. ^ http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,991676,00.html?promoid=googlep
  5. ^ Notes left by Mark Barton, The Guardian (July 30, 1999)
  6. ^ Shootings in Atlanta: the victims, The New York Times (July 31, 1999)
  7. ^ Memories of those who died, CNN (July 31, 1999)

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