Robert Hawkins – “Now I’ll Be Famous”
Posted by shadmia on December 7, 2007
“Now I’ll be Famous” – so said Robert Hawkins in a suicide note left at the home where he had lived. He certainly achieved his goal. He is the infamous gunman who killed 8 people and himself and wounded 5 others, at a Omaha, Nebraska mall.
- Angie Schuster, 36; Maggie Webb, 24; Janet Jorgensen, 66;
- Diane Trent, 53; Gary Joy, 56; and Beverly Flynn, 47;
All employees of the Von Maur store at Westroads Mall
- Gary Scharf, 48, of Lincoln, and John McDonald, 65, of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Both innocent shoppers at the same mall
Robert Hawkins was a depressed teenager and drug abuser. His troubles stretch back as far as May, 2002 when he threatened to kill his stepmother. He was sent to a treatment center in Waynesville, Mo. Four months later, a Nebraska court decided Hawkins’ problems were serious enough that he should be under state supervision and made him a ward of the state.
In 2003 he spent time in a treatment center and group home. In 2004 and 2005 he spent time between foster care and treatment centers. Also in 2005 he was arrested on a felony drug-possession charge which was later dropped in 2006 but he was jailed that same year for not performing community service as required. On Aug. 21, 2006, he was released from state custody, ending his time under state supervision. He was not released into anyone’s custody.
He eventually ended up living with Maruca-Kovac, a nurse who along with her husband took in Hawkins, a friend of her sons. He lived in their house in a middle-class Bellevue neighborhood for more than a year.
“When he first came in the house, he was introverted, a troubled young man who was like lost pound puppy that nobody wanted,” Maruca-Kovac said.
Maruca-Kovac said Hawkins phoned her early Wednesday afternoon, telling her he had left a note for her in his bedroom. She tried to get him to explain, but he hung up, she said. She called Hawkins’ mother, who went to the Maruca-Kovacs’ house, retrieved the suicide note — in which Hawkins wrote that he was “sorry for everything,” would not be a burden on his family anymore and “now I’ll be famous,” she said — took it to authorities and went to work.
Hours later, Maruca-Kovac said, she saw victims being brought in to the Nebraska Medical Center, where she works.
Nobody knows what caused Robert Hawkins to destroy 8 lives and wreak havoc on Omaha. He had recently lost his job, working at McDonalds, and had broken up with his girlfriend. These may have been factors in his decision, but whatever his reasons were, one thing is certain……..Robert Hawkins was a very disturbed young man.