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I WANT TO BE LIKE BIN LADEN, HITLER, STALIN; Town hall killer's evil vow.

Byline: CHRIS HUGHES

MASS murderer Richard Durn vowed to kill for kicks - and share the notoriety of some of the world's evil leaders.

He wrote to a friend before this week's town hall massacre in Paris: "I want to have the same stature as bin Laden, Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Milosevic. I've decided to put an end to my life, but before that I'm going to be a serial killer."

In a second letter found at his home he said: "I've gone mad, become a dropout and therefore I must die.

"For months now, thoughts of carnage and death have filled my head."

Durn, 33, shot eight councillors dead and wounded 19 in the north-west suburb of Nanterre on Wednesday.

He jumped to his death from a Paris police headquarters as he was being questioned by detectives next day.

His friend received the letter after the killings.

In a farewell letter to his mother, the gunman wrote: "Mama, I should have died a long time ago. I don't know what to do with my life, not even how to die without hurting others. But now, I'm fed up with this cowardice.

"I should die at least with the feeling of being free and getting a kick out of it.

"That's why I should kill some people. For once in my life, I'll have an orgasm."

The depths of Durn's self-loathing also came out in the 22-page rant that one police investigator described as "depressive babbling".

He wrote: "I've never learned to stand up for myself and love myself a bit.

"I'm always there holding out sticks for others to beat me with. I always put the brakes on myself.

"I'm tired of being depressed and being the guy everybody pities."

Durn's final words to his mother were: "Be happy and brave, especially with all the idiots who'll hassle you. Love, Richard."

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DEATH LEAP: Durn's body lies on the ground
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 30, 2002
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