“Michael McDermott is owed no mercy by anyone”
Software engineer Michael “Mucko” McDermott was born Michael McDermod Martinez on 4 September 1958. He was a strange-looking man: 1.82 m (6 ft 2 in) tall, overweight (he weighed more than 114 kg/250 lb) with a long bushy beard and shoulder-length hair that had the beginnings of a widow’s peak. On Boxing Day 2000 he went into work at Edgewater Technology in Wakefield, Massachusetts, where he earned $55,000 a year.
He was armed with an AK-47 variant, a 12-gauge shotgun, and a 32 calibre pistol. There he brutally murdered seven colleagues. His victims ranged in age from 29 —Jennifer Bragg Capobianco from the marketing department and Craig Wood from personnel — to 58 — director of consulting Louis Javelle —and he shot them repeatedly in the back of the head. When the police arrived McDermott was sitting down calmly and informed them that he didn’t speak German.
Edgewater Technology, 20 Harvard Mill Square, Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA
Tuesday 26 December 2000
When he came to trial in April 2002 McDermott announced that he had been born without a soul and that God had told him that he could earn one by going back in time to kill Nazis. McDermott testified that St Michael the Archangel had asked him to stop the Holocaust and claimed that he was in Purgatory.
McDermott said he believed that he was killing Adolf Hitler and six Nazi generals when he killed his colleagues. “The whole idea was to prevent Nazi supremacy,” saidMcDermott. “I would save tens of millions of people.” However, prosecutor Thomas O’Reilly produced evidence that showed McDermott had researched on the internet how to fake mental illness and said that the real reason was that McDermott was furious that the company was intending to dock his wages to pay $5,500 in back taxes he owed to the Internal Revenue Service.
After almost 16 hours of jury deliberations over three days, on 24 April 2002 McDermott was convicted on seven charges of first-degree murder and Judge R. Malcolm Graham sentenced him to seven consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. “Michael McDermott is owed no mercy by the court, by the families, by anyone,” said Mr O’Reilly. “He deserves the ultimate punishment which is not allowed in Massachusetts.”