Indian PhD scholar kills UCLA professor and his wife in murder suicide

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UCLA gunman has been identified as Mainak Sarkar.
UCLA gunman has been identified as Mainak Sarkar.
UCLA gunman has been identified as Mainak Sarkar.

Mainak Sarkar’s life appears to have been a mess. Ten years in a Ph.D program with an advisor with whom he had become adversarial, a long distance relationship with a spouse who was estranged from him, and a job he couldn’t hold on to. What could have been the mental state of a pedigreed doctoral candidate (IIT bachelor’s and Stanford master’s), when he killed his wife in Minnesota and then drove 2500 kms to Los Angeles and shot dead his advisor at UCLA? A third person on his “kill list”, another UCLA Professor, is said to have gotten lucky; he was off-campus that day.    Police are still putting together the full story of what caused Mainak Sarkar to go mental, but among the first discoveries that have been made is that the woman who was found shot to death in a Minnesota home was married to Sarkar but was separated from him. Authorities tracked down Ashley Hasti when they found a note on Sarkar after his murder-suicide of Ph.D advisor William Klug in which he had asked those who found his body to take care of his cat left behind in a Minnesota apartment.    When police went there, they found a “kill list” with three names on it – two UCLA profs and Ashley Hasti.

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