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Neal Hanlon
Neal in 1995
Neal Hanlon
Portrayed by Will Rothhaar
Episode Rampage
Status Deceased (1995)

Neal Hanlon was a troubled teenage boy who, along with his best friend Cameron Coulter, committed the Woodland Valley Mall massacre on September 23, 1995. They killed fifteen bystanders and wounding several others before turning their guns on themselves.


Neil's art


Neal made very dark artwork, such as him and Cameron pointing guns at each other with flames in the background, titlrd "The End", themselves on a dark TV set (obviously being viewed on the news about the massacre), a devil holding a gun and a drawing of a shooting massacre.

Cameron and Neal were juniors at Lakefield High. They worked at Woodland Valley Mall together, where Cameron was a counter boy at Cinnamon King and Neal pushed a broom. The boys were constantly mocked, bullied, and belittled by others at both school and the mall, which ultimately provoked them into making plans to shoot up the mall. Cameron and Neal boasted constantly about their plans, but no one took them seriously. Neal was more of a follower, easily giving into and doing whatever Cameron said.

He and Cameron played a violent online game with Dayton Moore, who was once good friends with them. In high school, Dayton became a bully, and stopped playing with Cameron and Neal long before the incident. He thought they took the game too seriously, and used it as "practice". Zack, Dayton, and a group of boys would talk about and tease other kids at the mall. They once called over Neal, who was working, and Zack threw a fry on the floor for him to clean up. Neal swept it up and started to walk away but then Zack also threw his half-eaten hotdog on the ground and called him "a very talented litter-picker". Neal picked up the hotdog, and took a bite out of it while staring Zack down.

Security guard Barry Lewis later showed Cameron and Neal the real cameras and the dummy cameras at the mall in the surveillance room, secretly being watched by Tina. Cameron mentioned how they could shoot up the place and no one would see, and Barry added no one would care. Neal then talked about imagining the looks on the victims' faces, and Barry commented that that'd be a sight to see.

On the day of the shooting, Tina walked right up to Cameron and Neal, who had just entered the the mall. Angry that her ex-boyfriend Zack's friends had assaulted her just moments before, she offered to make Cameron and Neal famous by videotaping them while they shoot up the place. At first, Neal wanted to leave, but Cameron stopped him. Tina intimidated them, asking if they were scared. In response, Cameron suggested that they kill her first. Tina countered by asking who was going to make them famous if she was dead. Cameron agreed that she had a point, and Neal asked what the plan was. Tina stared back at Zack and his friends and said, "Kill 'em all. Kill everybody!"

Cameron and Neal messed around with Tina's stolen camera and video-taped themselves talking about entering another dimension, "The Mall". The boys "Ennie Mennie Minie Moe"d with the camera between Zack and a little girl, eventually stopping at Zack. Neal commented that it was Zack's "lucky day". With Neal videotaping him, Cameron pulled out a shotgun and began the shooting by killing Zack, laughing about the look on his face. Neal gave Tina the camera and pulled out his handgun, saying "everyone" at the camera before he started shooting. The boys laughed as they caused havoc on the mall. When Barry came out of an elevator, Cameron told him to smile for the camera and shot him. As he fell to the floor and begged for his life, Cameron laughed. Neal told him to let Barry bleed and they walked away to continue the massacre. At the end of the shooting, the boys embraced.

Cameron: "This is it, bro."
Neal: "Roll credits, dog."
Cameron: "The End...Hehe." Then the boys killed themselves.

Known Victims[]


  • Neil's family was mentioned to have relocated to Georgia in 2004, likely to escape the scrutiny of his murder spree.