Jared Lee Loughner, Gabrielle Giffords' suspected shooter, has three names. So do lots of famous assassins. What gives?

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Jan. 9 2011 6:07 PM

Why Do So Many Assassins Have Three Names?

The suspected gunman in Arizona is Jared Lee Loughner, of course.

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Explainer thanks Shailagh Murray of the Washington Post and Charles Savage of the New York Times.

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