Morbidology the Podcast – 17: Aurora Chuck E. Cheese Mass Shooting

14th October 2019  •  5 min read

Chuck E. Cheese has long been a place where parents take their children for a good and affordable time. This simple restaurant is complemented by arcade games, amusement rides and animatronic displays. But in Aurora Colorado in December of 1993, this family style restaurant was the scene of a mass shooting that highlighted just how…


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Chuck E. Cheese has long been a place where parents take their children for a good and affordable time. This simple restaurant is complemented by arcade games, amusement rides and animatronic displays. It is synonymous with family fun.  But on a crisp winter night in Aurora Colorado in December of 1993, this family style restaurant was the scene of a mass shooting that highlighted just how easily a gun can rip through a workplace.


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Sources:

Rocky Mountain News, 5 March, 1996 – “Dunlap’s Sister Tells of Family Terror, Mental Illness, Abuse Made Home Life Hellish”

The News-Sentintel, 17 December, 1993 – “Service Scheduled for Slain Boy”

 Rocky Mountain News, 17 December, 1993 – “Massacre Suspect Warned of Revenge”

Rocky Mountain News, 17 December, 1993 – “Handgun is No Stranger to The Streets”

Rocky Mountain News, 17 December, 1993 – “Mourners Give Christmas to their Four Slain Friends”

 The Denver Post, 17 December, 1993 – “A Mother’s Story”

The Gazette, 18 December, 1993 – “Bullets Don’t Match HAndgun Seized in Killings”

The Gazette, 19 December, 1993 – “Police Arrest Second Teen in Pizzeria Slayings”

Rocky Mountain News, 19 December, 1993 – “Suspect in Killings Waited for Chance”

Rocky Mountain News, 22 December, 1993  “Public Defender Can’t Represent Dunlap”

USA Today, 29 December, 1993 – “The Gun Business”

Rocky Mountain News, 5 February, 1994 – “Rampage Survivor Felt Thankful but Alone”

Rocky Mountain News, 10 February, 1994 – “Slay Suspect told of Guilt, Friend Says”

Rocky Mountain News, 18 February, 1994 – “Cops Jail 3rd Suspect in Massacre”

The Gazette, 19 March, 1994 – “Pizzeria Slaying Suspect  Said He’d Waste Girlfriend, Cellmate Says”

Rocky Mountain News, 9 April, 1994 – “TV Station Airs Slay Suspect’s Criminal Past”

The Gazette, 9 July, 1994 – “Suspect in 4 Killings Ruled Competent”

Rocky Mountain News, 11 December, 1994 – “1993 Massacre Still Painful for Families One Year Later”

Rocky Mountain News, 20 December, 1994 – “Chuck E Cheese’s Victim Says Dunlap was Gunman”

The Denver Post, 21 December, 1994 – “Dunlap’s Girlfriend Saw Cash, Cop Testifies”

Rocky Mountain News, 22 December, 1994 – “Judge Orders Dunlap to Stand Trial in Pizzeria Murders”

The Denver Post, 20 December, 1994 – “Survivor: Dunlap Shot Me”

Rocky Mountain News, 1 March, 1995 – “Man Charged as Accessory in Slayings”

The Denver Post, 23 March, 1995 – “Judge Tries to Streamline Dunlap Case”

Rocky Mountain News, 25 October, 1995 – “Killings Haunt Start of Robbery Trial”

Rocky Mountain News, 8 January, 1996 – “Pain of Shootings Last Even After 2 Years”

Rocky Mountain News, 6 February, 1996 – “Chuck E Cheese’s Slayings Called Revenge”

The Denver Post, 6 February, 1996 – “A Whydunnit Instead of WhoDunnit”

The Denver Post, 6 February, 1996 – “Case Against Dunlap Outlined”

The Gazette, 7 February, 1996 – “Defendant Placed at Scene of Slayings”

The Gazette, 8 February, 1996 – “Witness: Dunlap said ‘I Did It’”

Rocky Mountain NEws, 9 February, 1996 – “Girlfriend Says Dunlap Had Gun After Slayings”

Rocky Mountain News, 10 February, 1996 – “Dunlap Admitted Killing 4, Had Bag of Cash, Friend Says”

The Gazette, 13 February, 1996 – “Dunlap Set on Killings, Friend Says”

Rocky Mountain News, 14 February, 1996 – “Manager Testifies Against Dunlap”

The Gazette, 15 February, 1996 – “Victims Shot at Close Range”

Rocky Mountain News, 17 February, 1996 – “Witness Says Dunlap Told Him to Lie”

The Denver Post, 21 February, 1996 – “Dunlap Gunman Pizza Parlor Worker Shot in the Face”

Rocky Mountain News, 8 March, 1996 – “Outcome Doesn’t Ease Pain, Families Say”

Rocky Mountain News, 25 April, 1996 – “Dunlap Confesses to Killing Workers at Chuck E Cheese’s”

Rocky Mountain News, 28 June, 2003 – “A Jury in the Dark?”

Audio Sources:

“Eye for an Eye – Death Row Stories”

“Nathan Dunlap Sentencing”

“Capital Punishment – Decision to Kill: Nathan Dunlap”

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