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What we know about El Paso shooter Patrick Crusius

What we know about El Paso shooter Patrick Crusius

Allegedly penned a Manifesto filled with fascist, anti-Immigration language: “Some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case.”

On Saturday, a man shot up a Walmart in El Paso, killing 20 people and injuring 26 people. One law enforcement agent identified the suspect in custody as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius.

A few hours after the massacre, news circulated that Crusius published a four-page manifesto filled with racist language and hatred for immigrants on 4chan and 8chan forums.

The manifesto appeared on the forums an hour and a half before the shooting rampage.

El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said on Sunday “it’s beginning to look more solidly” that the suspect they have in custody wrote this manifesto.

From The Washington Examiner:

A four-page document that has been tied to Crusius has been circulating online on forums such as 4chan and 8chan throughout the day. It discusses a desire to stop the “Hispanic invasion of Texas” and cites inspiration from the March mass shootings in two Christchurch, New Zealand, mosques that killed 51 people and injured 49 more.

“In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto. This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion,” the manifesto said.

The document said the lengthy manifesto written by the accused Christchurch shooter, called “The Great Replacement,” inspired him to target the Hispanic community. That 74-page manifesto hailed President Trump as a “symbol of renewed white identity” and expressed hope the attack would spark a second civil war in the United States.

The Washington Examiner wrote the author of the manifesto attempted to distance himself from Trump because his beliefs began before 2016:

“Some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack,” it read. “This is not the case.”

The author wrote that the growing Hispanic population would make Texas a “Democratic stronghold.” However, he also called the Republican Party “terrible” due to its pro-corporation mindset, “which could lead to more immigration.”

The author also blasted automation for taking jobs away from people, which would cause “civil unrest.” He also blamed Immigrant for “taking from native-born Americans a growing share of the dwindling jobs.”

The manifesto quickly disappeared off the forums along with Crusius’s supposed Twitter account. The Los Angeles Times reported that the Twitter account “praised President Trump and, in particular, his effort to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.”

Crusius resided in Allen, TX, a suburb of Dallas. Those around him described him as a loner:

Leigh Ann Locascio, a former neighbor, said Crusius was an extreme loner who always sat alone on the bus in junior high and high school. He spoke negatively of other kids who played sports or joined the school band, she said.

She described Crusius as “very much a loner, very standoffish” and someone who “didn’t interact a whole lot with anyone.”

Her son, Tony Locascio, walked to school regularly with Crusius and his sister. Tony Locascio said Patrick Crusius only walked ahead of or behind them, never interacting and always keeping to himself. Crusius liked animals and kept pet snakes. “He wouldn’t talk to people,” Tony Locascio said. “No one really knew him.”

Another former classmate, Jacob Wilson, said Crusius was “very strong-minded” in class and would try to “take charge,” but other kids refused to work with him because he was “irritable and had a short temper.” He was often “picked on” because of how he spoke, and because he wore what looked like hand-me-down clothes, Wilson said.

Classmate Daniel Heo said the news shocked him as he remembered Crusius “being a nice kid.”


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UnCivilServant | August 6, 2019 at 7:12 am

Funny, looking at that mugshot, I would have taken him for Hispanic.

Another mental case, alienated and confused.

    MattMusson in reply to Virginia42. | August 6, 2019 at 9:26 am

    There is a difference between mentally ill and evil.

    Almost all the teenage shooters are self-absorbed, arrogant, resentful liars. They spend all day obsessing and resenting over every small slight. And, in their arrogance, they cannot understand why they were not gifted with wealth and fame.

    Fanning the flames of their resentment, they eventually hatch a plan to get even with the world and achieve stardom at the same time.

    This is Exactly what the Columbine killers said in their writings. It is exactly how both of these latest killers lived.

      Virginia42 in reply to MattMusson. | August 6, 2019 at 10:08 am

      Agree–I should have been more specific. This scum is a toxic blend of alienation, mental issues and indeed evil.

    Connivin Caniff in reply to Virginia42. | August 6, 2019 at 9:44 am

    It would be interesting to see his medication history, but that issue seems to always be downplayed.

      BerettaTomcat in reply to Connivin Caniff. | August 6, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      Rightfully downplayed, given that about 12.7% of our population age 12 and older are on antidepressants. If there was a causal link between antidepressant use and violence we’d certainly know it given the sample size.

      It’s a given that a mass murderer is mentally ill, so it’s no shock to find virtually all mass murderers are on an antidepressant, given how frequently ADs are prescribed. If ADs caused mass murder, we’d be infested with mass murderers.

    Paul In Sweden in reply to Virginia42. | August 6, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    After carefully reading the manifesto several times with my wife, I do not believe the El Paso shooter to be insane, racist nor a white supremacist. It seems in his short life he has been fed only doom and gloom with regard to the environment, globalism and a double whammy doom and gloom on immigration. Immigration he has come to believe will reduce diversity in culture and ethnicity. He also believes that there are too many people and this is causing increased pollution and increased need to overburden natural resources. He specifically cites water resources and the demand from agriculture and runoff from farms causing pollution. I assume with regards to water he is referring to the demands and depletions on aquifers.

    I got the impression that he was immature and was fairly matter of fact. He has been taught that there are too many people and when economic migrants come to 1st world countries they have even more children than the large numbers that they have in their home countries. I did not get a sense of racism nor white supremacist thought. Seemed like he was spouting out anti-globalist, anti-technology/robots/automation garbage and a lot of what I see as the old club of Rome Maurice Strong crap.

    As I read the “Meh” Manifesto it occurred to me that millions of kids are being indoctrinated with this same non-sense doom and gloom while at the same time they are told they must do something, anything because they only have 12 years to save the planet.

    There also seemed to be a detachment. He seemed to put himself in a hero’s role in his Call of Duty video game. When he spoke something to the effect of his shooting Hispanic civilians would teach the corporations that are encouraging cheap immigrant labor, I thought of crazy Charlie Manson wanting to ignite a race war with his Helter Skelter. While I do not believe all the militia groups in our country are going to be mobilized by the El Paso shooting, I do think this will encourage other misguided individuals and this concerns me.

    Reactive Gun Control bugs me too. I always ask Gun Grabbers if the country should ban heroin first so that people stop overdosing in our streets…

    I am only going by the manifesto, some talking heads are saying that social media accounts of the shooter had racist and white supremacist postings. Judging by the misdirection that I have seen with regards to what is actually in the manifesto, I lend little to no credence to those proclamations.

    My heart sank when I heard Trump denounce White Supremacists as if White Supremacists had anything to do with these two highly publicized shootings. Not that White Supremacists should not be denounced from those on high twice a day and three times on Sunday but I felt this was done in fear of media and leftist backlash.

    It is all very disturbing and I have not read anyone speak on this situation with any non-partisan clarity. Personally, I really want to hear what Heather Mac Donald will say about this. It will take someone like her to dig down into it. IMO what we have with the El Paso shooter is indoctrination. I think everybody should read the manifesto for themselves and not trust anyone else to give you the straight dope. Why listen to MS-DNC on what Trump says when you can read his tweets and see his lips moving in numerous on-camera events each day? Read things for yourself and do your own research.

    While Mac Donald had a good article yesterday or the day before in National Review and picked up again in the NY Post it was not on the Mass Shootings. This is a hot potato and I do not believe well respected people want to touch it.

      BerettaTomcat in reply to Paul In Sweden. | August 7, 2019 at 12:01 am

      Environmental doom and gloom is preached by the Left. Illegal immigration doom and gloom is preached by few on the Right not cowed by Leftist propaganda. The Alt Reich tends to preach both, as they embrace the Left’s Socialism. I will not be shocked to learn this guy has been influenced by the Alt Reich.

        Paul In Sweden in reply to BerettaTomcat. | August 7, 2019 at 7:09 am

        Invasion and illegal Mass Immigration is also railed against by the Left-Wing Eco-Nuts as 3rd world invaders and illegal Mass immigration causes a population explosion and as the Left-Wing believes that humans are a virus on the earth this is no good.

So, any political disagreement with a liberal means “EL Paso”?

For the umpteenth time, this is invasion, not immigration.

From reports outside the US:
Troubled upbringing- Dad was a 40 year drug addict (now a Marianne Williamson devotee), mother left kids home alone on Christmas when they were 13…
Classmates: “He said he didn’t know why Crusius was in special education classes but said he was ‘off and socially awkward…..You would start to have a conversation with him about what you had for breakfast that morning and then all of a suddenly he’d change the subject and talk about what he saw on TV, he was just awkward, there was no smooth transition from one subject to the next in his conversation…..
He was soulless, he lacked emotion, you couldn’t see any feeling in his eyes, he was an empty vessel.”

    His father was an addict?

    Likely he had PTSD.

    Addiction is a symptom of PTSD.

    PTSD is genetic. It runs in families.

      WestRock in reply to MSimon. | August 6, 2019 at 9:10 am

      Just saw this about PTSD earlier today. Interesting theory but I’ll wait for the science. Either way, it appears this kid had a crappy home life. No excuse for murdering anyone. I hope, if he is found guilty, that he gets promptly terminated with extreme prejudice. Let’s see if Mr. Barr can make it happen.

      Paul in reply to MSimon. | August 6, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      Huh? PTSD is genetic? PTSD is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Perhaps susceptibility to it is genetic, but the disorder itself is a response to stress… it can’t be genetic.

        Milhouse in reply to Paul. | August 6, 2019 at 6:07 pm

        Everybody encounters stress of one sort or another, sometime in their lives. How one reacts to stress can be genetic.

        Paul In Sweden in reply to Paul. | August 7, 2019 at 1:14 am

        Yes, Heritable disposition to PTSD.

        Study finds first molecular genetic evidence of PTSD heritability

        Boston, MA – A large new study from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium provides the first molecular genetic evidence that genetic influences play a role in the risk of getting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after trauma.

        The report extends previous findings that showed that there is some shared genetic overlap between PTSD and other mental disorders such as schizophrenia. It also finds that genetic risk for PTSD is strongest among women.

        The study was published online April 25, 2017 in Molecular Psychiatry.

        –Study finds first molecular genetic evidence of PTSD heritability | News | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
        – GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time)

Close The Fed | August 6, 2019 at 8:51 am

I get the impression that if the federal government had been doing its job and stopped/reversed the alien invasion, he would have found something else to justify doing this.

If not, then President Reagan, et al., all contributed to the problem which motivated him. And still today, they ignore the fuse they are lighting — talking about phantom issues instead of funding the fence at the border, funding ICE agents to deport those inside the country in the millions (yes, it can be done – our airports transport millions), stopping the importation of foreigners to take American jobs via endless visa programs….

Why should we lose our country to the craven and power-hungry?

Again, take his supposed “manifesto” and everything else you’re seeing with a large grain of salt.

JackinSilverSpring | August 6, 2019 at 10:17 am

I wrote a comment here with a link to the El Paso shooter’s manifesto, but it seems not to have been accepted (search on Citizen Free Press for the manifesto). In any event, the shooter is definitely a White Nationalist, but what Ms. Chastain omits mentioning is how Leftist the shooter is. In his manifesto he is against corporations, he is for strong environmentalism and he is for population control. So,the shooter can best be described as a White Nationalist Leftist.

    BerettaTomcat in reply to JackinSilverSpring. | August 6, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    He endorses radical environmentalism. I must question labeling him a White Nationalist, as I’ve yet to see any reference to the influx of, for example, Blacks or Asians, or any criticism of legal immigration. If his manifesto is given creedence, it should be interpreted literally, something the Left is incapable of.

A snake can grow a better beard than this nasty looking creeper.

The left, commies all, smear the blood of the dead and dance on their graves in an effort to utilize death and destruction to advance their aims of domination.

A good punishment would be to strip him naked and stake him in the dessert over a red ant hill.

Comanche Voter | August 6, 2019 at 11:53 am

First impressions (based on a photo) can be wrong. But this kid looks like a serious “no hoper”. He wasn’t going anywhere in life.

One can call his act a “hate crime”–which seems to be in fashion on the left. However he murdered 20 people in Texas, and you can only ride the needle in Huntsville once–no matter how many you kill, or why.

    alaskabob in reply to Comanche Voter. | August 6, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    How about 22 sequential drownings? Drown.. resuscitate.. recoup..repeat. Inhuman? Debatable. Still prefer drawn and quartered… call me old fashioned. Actually a good old plain public hanging saves time and uses “renewable” resources so he would appreciate that.

Try as one might, a sane mind simply can not understand an insane mind. It is simply too alien. We have whole fields of study which try to do this and all they can do is come up with labels for obvious symptoms of mental derangement, such as PTSD, which constantly change for no apparent reason.

Killing a bunch of strangers to make a political or ideological point is insane. However, we can only guess that this man did this for political or ideological purposes. It could have been transference or displaced anger. It could have been an insane cry to be noticed by his family and the world. Whatever the cause, it was not the act of a rational sane mind.

Crazy has been with us since Oog crawled out of his cave. We have little or no success in actually treating mental aberrations. There is nothing that will prevent crazy people from attempting to harm others. However, forceful intervention, at the time the act is instigated can often end the threat. Forget, gun control. Forget background checks. Forget “red flag” laws. People should arm themselves, get training in the use of their armaments and be prepared to deal with violent attacks.

    RNJD in reply to Mac45. | August 6, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Earlier today I was reading a news article about a minority race PhD student in psychology in Utah who allegedly was bullied into committing suicide by her peers. Against my better judgment I read the comments section. A woman apparently took issue with some guy’s comment, checked out his FB profile, and proceeded to tell him that as a white male with “mental wealth” he was not permitted to comment. As a former nurse I try to keep up with the latest medical news, but I had never heard that particular term before. I checked it out, and it’s apparently a real concept in psychology. So, I guess we can add “sane” to the list of undeserved privileges most of us have.

    alaskabob in reply to Mac45. | August 6, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    “Killing a bunch of strangers to make a political or ideological point is insane.” Just thinking of Lenin’s use of terror to foster communism… as in “socialism in a hurry”. That the Soviet Union (for now) is relegated to the trash heap of history shows that evil can look sane to some. 100 million dead and still they think it can be perfected.

    Jordan Peterson has a video on how we as individuals must take responsibility for our lives and not force someone else to make ours better.

The Left claims he MUST be right-wing because he wants to send illegal aliens back home. In actuality, it’s because he can’t find a job.

His manifesto under “Economic Reasons” clearly shows his politics. He embraces universal basic income, government sponsored healthcare and blames “American lifestyle” (and corporations) for global warming. Hardly a conservative position.

In truth, the Left owns both shooters.