Brenda Ann Spencer (born April 3, 1962) is a convicted American murderer who, at the age of 16, carried out a shooting spree from her home in San Diego, California, on January 29, 1979. During the shooting spree, she killed two people and injured nine others at Cleveland Elementary School, which was located across the street from her home. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime, and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays; this livens up the day.” The explanation inspired the song “I Don’t Like Mondays” by The Boomtown Rats, which was a UK number one single for four weeks in mid-1979.
She pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon. She was sentenced to prison for 25 years to life. She is currently at the California Institution for Women in Chino, California. After becoming eligible for parole in 1993, Spencer was denied four times, the last on August 13, 2009. Spencer will not be eligible for a new parole hearing until 2019.
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But it’s been going on a lot longer than you might think.