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Oregon Killer Described as Man of Few Words, Except on Topic of Guns

For investigators searching for his path to mass murder, he left behind a typewritten manifesto at the scene and a string of online postings that showed he had become increasingly interested in other high-profile shootings, angry at not having a girlfriend and bitter at a world that he believed was working against him.

He was listed as a 2009 graduate of the Switzer Learning Center in Torrance, a private school for students with learning disabilities, emotional issues and other special-education needs. Officials from the school declined to comment on Friday. Mr. Harper-Mercer joined the Army for a month in 2008 but was discharged before finishing basic training.

He expressed sympathy for Mr. Flanagan, who killed two former co-workers in August.

“People like him have nothing left to live for, and the only thing left to do is lash out at a society that has abandoned them,” the user wrote days after the Roanoke shooting. “His family described him as alone, no partner/lover. A victim not only of his own perception but also of our social media soaked environment.”

In a post published in September, after the shooting death of Darren Goforth, a suburban Houston police officer, at a gas station, the user with Mr. Harper-Mercer’s email address said it was the inevitable result of the Black Lives Matter movement. “In case anyone’s wondering, I’m not on the side of the suspect, I’m on the side of the officer, and generally don’t agree with the black lives matter protests,” the user said.


Oregon gunman turned away from private firearms training academy

Harper-Mercer's preoccupation with firearms dated back at least to 2012 or 2013, when he sought to register for training at Seven 4 Para, a private self-defense and law enforcement academy in Torrance, California, where he lived at the time, said Eloy Way, president and head instructor for the center.

"We wanted him to take a beginner safety course, and he was trying to tell me that he already had experience with firearms, and I didn't get a good feeling about him, so I turned him down," Way told Reuters.

"He was just kind of a weird guy and seemed kind of spoiled, immature," Way recalled. "He was a little bit too anxious to get high-level training, and there was no reason for it."

Way's concerns that Harper-Mercer might misuse the training he would receive at the academy proved prescient.


Rio police arrested over video showing them altering scene of shooting

Five police officers in Rio de Janeiro have been arrested after a cellphone video showed them altering a crime scene to justify the extrajudicial killing of a teenager.

The officers allegedly shot 17-year-old Eduardo Santos in the Providencia favela and then left a gun in his hand to make the killing look like self-defence.

As the youth lay dying in a pool of blood, a resident filmed one of the officers putting a pistol into his hand, then firing twice so that gunpowder residue was on the victim’s skin.
Brazil’s police kill more and are killed in greater numbers than police anywhere else in the world. Reports of execution-style killings are commonplace, but it is usually only when incidents are filmed that justice is done. The majority of the victims are black or mixed-raced youths from favelas.


Is this the social media thread that concerns Oregon shooting?


Supposedly anonymous, but I don't think anything is anonymous on the Internet.

For Phil Ochs fans

An interview by Studs Terkel in 1973:
(includes Phil singing)
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