Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Ferguson, Colin (1958-)
Colin Ferguson was convicted of 6 murders and 19 attempted murders stemming from a December 7, 1993, incident on the Long Island Rail Road. Before trial, Ferguson's lawyers announced that his defense would be temporary insanity directly caused by their client living in America's “racist” society. However, this defense was never formally entered, as Ferguson chose to represent himself during trial and maintained that he was not the gunman. He is currently serving six consecutive life sentences at the Attica Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison approximately 30 miles east of Buffalo, New York. This entry examines Ferguson's background as well as the details of the incident and his trial. Ferguson was born on January 14, 1958, in Kingston, Jamaica, and immigrated to the United States in 1982. He lived in Flatbush, Brooklyn, taking business classes at local universities and community colleges in Nassau County while having periodic employment. On December ...