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On December 5, 2007, Robert Hawkins walked into the Von Maur Mall in Omaha, Nebraska carrying an AK-47 rifle and 30 rounds of ammunition. The troubled 19-year-old gunned down eight people and wounded two others before taking his own life in what's been called the deadliest mall shooting in U.S. history. Robert’s mother, Molly, says she can't get over the guilt. Could this massacre have been averted? Did the grieving mom miss warning signs that would have foretold her son’s shooting spree? Dr. Phil asks the tough questions and takes a brutally candid look into this tragedy. Then, he speaks with Debora, a woman who says she took Robert in after he fell out with his parents. Find out what Debora says she witnessed just days before the teen’s murderous rampage. And, Jeff, a survivor of the Omaha mall shooting, faces off with Molly for the first time on Dr. Phil's stage. Plus, don’t miss the warning signs that your child is headed down a dangerous path. Talk about the show here.

Find out what happened on the show.
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Replied By: reba85 on Oct 19, 2009, 9:22PM
I took the day off today to work on my final uni presentation but being the huge procrastinator i am i turned on the tv while i was eating my lunch and was drawn in by todays episode of Dr. Phil to be honest i dont really watch TV much but this episode really got to me, it is so sad in all aspects of the situation!! I felt compelled to share my thoughts.

I live in Sydney, Australia and i remember when i was in year 6 at school (i would have been about 11) turning on the news and watching the footage of Australias worst ever mass massacure in Port Arthur Tasmania and feeling so scared and horrified that one person can hold the fate of so many strangers in their finger. 35 people died that day as a result and 21 others were wounded, Martin Bryrant bought the two guns he used to shoot the tourists without a license and i think thats what scared most people it definately opened up the nations eyes to how weak our gun laws were and that we definately needed to do something fast to change it.

i wonder how many people is it going to take before the USA realises the sheer power and distructive force these human inventions have? Its scary that someone can play with the lives of people while hinding behind the barrel of a gun.

I can think of only one other massacre in Australia scince the gun laws were changed here in 1996 at MONASH university, im sure there have been others but i havent heard of them, but i could sit here and rattle off countless mass murders of your fellow American's and i live on the other side of the world (doesnt that scare anyone?):
* columbine
*omaha
*Newark Schoolyard Killings
*that one where those poor armish kids were shot
* i remember one where a little boy in primary school took a gun to school he was like 6 or something?

I dont mean to sound like i am picking on your laws or anything i dont really know the history, but i can see whats happening infront of us on the world stage and it doesnt just effect the lives of the people on Americas shores but this is a world issue.

The one major question that arises with this all to familiar situation is how do they have access to these guns????? There is a way to prevent this question being asked in the future, dont let them! If no one has a gun you wont need the excuse of owning one for 'self defence'.

I remeber hearing about this awful shooting in America where a son had come home from uni on a weekend to do his washing and the father thought it was an intruder and shot dead his own son. Imagine that guilt, that anguish that poor father has to live with for the rest of his life. It so easily could have been prevented, why did he need a gun? Guns have never in the history of their existance made anything better, the result is always tragedy.

And for that mother of the Omaha boy, i feel for her as much as i feel for the victims she lost a son that day just like many others did. And she is left to clean up his mess and wear the full brunt of his actions while he cowardly slipt away at the action of his own hand. She is not to blame, hte school bullies are not to blame, he is the only one to blame in the end he made a choice something he can only do alone
 
Replied By: reba85 on Oct 19, 2009, 9:21PM
I took the day off today to work on my final uni presentation but being the huge procrastinator i am i turned on the tv while i was eating my lunch and was drawn in by todays episode of Dr. Phil to be honest i dont really watch TV much but this episode really got to me, it is so sad in all aspects of the situation!! I felt compelled to share my thoughts.

I live in Sydney, Australia and i remember when i was in year 6 at school (i would have been about 11) turning on the news and watching the footage of Australias worst ever mass massacure in Port Arthur Tasmania and feeling so scared and horrified that one person can hold the fate of so many strangers in their finger. 35 people died that day as a result and 21 others were wounded, Martin Bryrant bought the two guns he used to shoot the tourists without a license and i think thats what scared most people it definately opened up the nations eyes to how weak our gun laws were and that we definately needed to do something fast to change it.

i wonder how many people is it going to take before the USA realises the sheer power and distructive force these human inventions have? Its scary that someone can play with the lives of people while hinding behind the barrel of a gun.

I can think of only one other massacre in Australia scince the gun laws were changed here in 1996 at MONASH university, im sure there have been others but i havent heard of them, but i could sit here and rattle off countless mass murders of your fellow American's and i live on the other side of the world (doesnt that scare anyone?):
* columbine
*omaha
*Newark Schoolyard Killings
*that one where those poor armish kids were shot
* i remember one where a little boy in primary school took a gun to school he was like 6 or something?

I dont mean to sound like i am picking on your laws or anything i dont really know the history, but i can see whats happening infront of us on the world stage and it doesnt just effect the lives of the people on Americas shores but this is a world issue.

The one major question that arises with this all to familiar situation is how do they have access to these guns????? There is a way to prevent this question being asked in the future, dont let them! If no one has a gun you wont need the excuse of owning one for 'self defence'.

I remeber hearing about this awful shooting in America where a son had come home from uni on a weekend to do his washing and the father thought it was an intruder and shot dead his own son. Imagine that guilt, that anguish that poor father has to live with for the rest of his life. It so easily could have been prevented, why did he need a gun? Guns have never in the history of their existance made anything better, the result is always tragedy.

And for that mother of the Omaha boy, i feel for her as much as i feel for the victims she lost a son that day just like many others did. And she is left to clean up his mess and wear the full brunt of his actions while he cowardly slipt away at the action of his own hand. She is not to blame, hte school bullies are not to blame, he is the only one to blame in the end he made a choice something he can only do alone
 
Replied By: baynay on May 17, 2009, 8:16PM
I thought dr. phil could of addressed the issue more generally there must be a reason why these types of gun violence are so common in America and in other countries practically unheard of.  There would be more to gain from addressing the issue as a whole and what is it about American society that sees these kinds of tragedies happen.  
 
Replied By: mamamarchand on Feb 27, 2009, 2:41PM
Since the airing of this show, we have corresponded with the Dr. Phil show 3 seperate times, seeking direction and help in obtaining any information to help us help my step-granddaughter.
Jessica's parents have been working with anyone they can for the last 3 years to try and get the help they so need for her.
We have not missed the signs - apathy, depression, ODD, ADD, manipulative defiance, cruelty to animals, promiscuity, stealing, poor hygiene, lack of social interaction, testing the sharpness of knives, creating black death books of students she wants to be dead, etc.  We have found a wonderful counselor, but she feels our progress is blocked because of the depth and escalation of Jessica's issues..  She is trying to find a psychiatric specialist in Michigan, who can help with any form of therapy but has been unsuccessful.
Jessica was taken by her father at age 4, from a drug-addicted prostitute mother.  No one has heard of her since.  Admittedly unskilled in "fathering" many transitional developmental periods were missed, and thus Jessica was emotionally and developmentally ignored.  She had no social or hygiene skills, had never read a book, road a bike, ate like an animal, had no responsabilities and nothing was required of her except to watch T.V. 
When my daughter entered the picture 3 years ago, the war began.  Hygiene, table manners, chores, homework, bed times, brushing teeth - she was at least six years behind.
Scott and my daughter are going everything they can to help Jessica before she enters the adolescent world of High School.  They are afraid that because of immaturity and lack of social skills, she will put herself in positions that could cause her to be involved in situations that may endanger her or others.  Her decisions are based strictly on defiance, anger, or just "because I wanted to....."
They have purchased a wonderful home in the country, both work very hard, and are honest, compassionate and empathetic people.  They are engaged to be married and she is doing everything to destroy their home environment and their relationship.
Jessica is a smart, cute, musically talented child, but will not try, challenge, or enjoy anything.
We are going to lose this child because we can't take any steps forward - it's just a battle 24 / 7.

So now what do we do????

 
Replied By: mamamarchand on Feb 27, 2009, 2:41PM
Since the airing of this show, we have corresponded with the Dr. Phil show 3 seperate times, seeking direction and help in obtaining any information to help us help my step-granddaughter.
Jessica's parents have been working with anyone they can for the last 3 years to try and get the help they so need for her.
We have not missed the signs - apathy, depression, ODD, ADD, manipulative defiance, cruelty to animals, promiscuity, stealing, poor hygiene, lack of social interaction, testing the sharpness of knives, creating black death books of students she wants to be dead, etc.  We have found a wonderful counselor, but she feels our progress is blocked because of the depth and escalation of Jessica's issues..  She is trying to find a psychiatric specialist in Michigan, who can help with any form of therapy but has been unsuccessful.
Jessica was taken by her father at age 4, from a drug-addicted prostitute mother.  No one has heard of her since.  Admittedly unskilled in "fathering" many transitional developmental periods were missed, and thus Jessica was emotionally and developmentally ignored.  She had no social or hygiene skills, had never read a book, road a bike, ate like an animal, had no responsabilities and nothing was required of her except to watch T.V. 
When my daughter entered the picture 3 years ago, the war began.  Hygiene, table manners, chores, homework, bed times, brushing teeth - she was at least six years behind.
Scott and my daughter are going everything they can to help Jessica before she enters the adolescent world of High School.  They are afraid that because of immaturity and lack of social skills, she will put herself in positions that could cause her to be involved in situations that may endanger her or others.  Her decisions are based strictly on defiance, anger, or just "because I wanted to....."
They have purchased a wonderful home in the country, both work very hard, and are honest, compassionate and empathetic people.  They are engaged to be married and she is doing everything to destroy their home environment and their relationship.
Jessica is a smart, cute, musically talented child, but will not try, challenge, or enjoy anything.
We are going to lose this child because we can't take any steps forward - it's just a battle 24 / 7.

So now what do we do????
 
Replied By: gsmith on Jan 21, 2009, 2:37AM
Living with guilt is something know oo well.My last conversation I begging my father after being beaten by an ex-husband at the age of 16 to come and bring me home he cried and said it was not a good time only to receive a knock at the door sometime that evening he past away.I was his little girl and the anguish he must have felt lives with to this day! I'm now 49 years old.
 
Replied By: compguy on Jan 21, 2009, 2:22AM - In reply to dkbolen
Perhaps if you were related or actually knew Robert and the true history.  For instance not just blindly believing what the person who CHOSE to not be in life has to say.  He really does have a family and siblings.  You may not comprehend this, but their lives were shattered by what he did also, and hearing people say that he was unloved breaks their hearts over and over again.  Not that many people seem to care about them and their loss which I assure you is just as real and painful for them.  Particularly when they know all the hurt his actions caused for so many others. 
 
Replied By: dkbolen on Jan 20, 2009, 6:28PM
Sigh.... No I am not related to anybody involved in this tragedy.  I quoted experts in this field.  Feel free to read their research.  You definitely need it.
 
Replied By: compguy on Jan 20, 2009, 2:49PM - In reply to dkbolen
You are obviously related.  You know everything, huh?  Well, you know everything incorrectly, but I am sure that hasnt stopped you from speaking as an 'expert' anyway.  Robert was not unloved.  He was and still is loved deeply.  His biological mother LEFT him.  NO ONE made her move out of the country for approximately a year without telling her children...TWICE!!!  She was arrested for threatening to kill the stepmother...in a strong enough manner that her children truly believed she was going to do it.  YOU HAVE NO CLUE!  Your personal agenda or axe to grind against the CPS system does not make fact out of assumption or speculation in this or any other case.  Sadly, I recognize the type that is able to look at any situation from the outside and just 'know' everything about it so you are incapable of looking at facts vice the uncorroborated statements of an individual.  I suppose if you look to the Dr. Phil show as the pinnacle of non-biased, investigative journalism, then what you say makes perfect sense.
 
Replied By: manofgoods on Jan 19, 2009, 1:28PM - In reply to dkbolen
I have to say, thank you for making much sense out of all of this. At least you seem to understand. You are right, people would always want to put the blame on the wrong kinds of people, namely, Molly. She doesn't deserve this kind of harsh treatment from anyone.
 
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