Chapter 1

Recognizing theWarning Signs

Joseph Ferguson was a supervisor working for a security firm in California in 2001 when his co-worker-girlfriend told him that she wanted to break up with him. Ferguson reacted by taking an axe to the woman’s car, which was parked in the company parking lot. He was put on immediate suspension while the company assessed the risk he posed to the other employees. Ferguson had a favorable work history and a clean criminal record, but co-workers reported that he was a bit eccentric in habit and beliefs. In fact, he was considered a fanatic militant who had extreme right-wing beliefs and a shooting range in his basement.

The company began to recognize the severity of the threat, and took steps to deal with it, ...

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