Three weeks after the horrific shooting spree in El Paso, Texas, on the morning of August 3, 2019, leaving 22 people dead and injuring 24 others, the authenticity of the accused sociopath’s so-called manifesto, published about 20 minutes before the mayhem began, is still in question.
Patrick Crusius (21) stands accused of mass murder at a Walmart in the Texas town after spewing anti-Hispanic racist rhetoric on social media. A user on the forum 8chan posted, “that they were planning an attack, indicated that they were in Texas and that they would use an AK-47—similar to the weapon photographed on the gunman—to carry out the attack.”
Following this terrorist threat came what authorities are calling a manifesto full of “white supremacist terms to justify violence against Hispanic people.”
The suspected author of the El Paso manifesto identified two other similar works as inspirational: “a manifesto written by the white supremacist who allegedly murdered 51 worshippers at a mosque in New Zealand this year,” and “the alleged attacker of a synagogue in Poway, California, earlier this year.”
The four-page essay, titled “The Inconvenient Truth” and attributed to Crusius forecasts a dark future of a United States overtaken by immigrants from south of the Mexican border.
The author also wrote:
“I’m probably going to die today.”
Elsewhere, the same writer admitted he “didn’t spend much time at all preparing for this attack,” and said he had to “do this before I lose my nerve.”
After the Walmart shooting, Crusius drove to an intersection just north of the store where he stopped, exited his car, put his hands up in surrender, claimed to be the shooter, and gave himself up to El Paso motorcycle police officer Sgt. Enrique Carrillo.
Witnesses who saw Crusius arrested at the El Paso Walmart said he had a “stone cold look” on his face when he surrendered. One police official who stood face-to-face with Crusius said this close encounter was one-of-a-kind:
“It was a look I’d never seen before, and I’ve been on this force for 31 years. I’ve seen murderers, robbers, nothing like this.”
It didn’t take police long to surround the perpetrator’s house in a well-kempt part of Allen, Texas.
One troubling aspect of this case is that Jim Watkins, who owns the 8chan website, said the El Paso shooter’s manifesto was not uploaded by Patrick Crusius:
“I don’t know if he wrote it or not but it was not uploaded by the murderer. That is clear and law enforcement was made aware of this before most people had even heard the horrific news.”
A Twitter user named “Taylor made a 3” claims to have known Crusius since childhood and stated in a post on August 4, 2019, that the accused gunman has autism and attended special ed classes. and incapable of authoring the purported manifesto by himself:
“He couldn’t have written that document. Idk [I don’t know] how this happened. He had to have been influenced by someone. He had to have had help. I grew up next to him.”
The author of the manifesto wrote in opposition to “race mixing” and invited immigrants to go back to their native countries. Warnings of “Hispanic invasion” and Democrats using “open borders” and “free healthcare for illegals” to woo new voters were proclaimed.
The writer had a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” attitude about the political consequences of unbridled and overwhelming Hispanic and Latino immigration: on the one hand, a massive influx of Hispanics in Texas could turn the state into a “Democratic stronghold” – but “the Republican Party is also terrible” since its pro-corporation stance could result in more immigration, too.
The author said these ideas were not new and predated Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory.
All of Crusius’ social media accounts were removed fairly quickly after the atrocity but he liked alt-right posts such as tweets flagged with the #BuildtheWall hashtag, an image showing guns that spelled out “Trump.” and posts from banned Infowars reporter Paul Joseph Watson.
Behind bars, police officials describe their interactions with Crusius also as “cold” – but cooperative. The accused reportedly showed no remorse over his admitted actions and “appears to be in a state of shock and confusion.”
Crusius will be represented by criminal defense attorney Mark Stephens who was court-appointed.
Another curious detail surrounding this case is that several sources reported multiple shooters with eyewitnesses confirming they saw shooters wearing all-black clothing.
The accused is being held without bond.
U.S. Attorney John Bash said the Department of Justice is treating the El Paso mass shooting as a case of domestic terrorism and is “seriously considering” charging Crusius with federal hate crime and federal firearm charges which carry a possible death penalty.
Bash explained that the El Paso crime met the definition of terrorism since it “appears to be designed to intimidate a civilian population, to say the least. We’re going to do what we do to terrorists in this country, which is to deliver swift and certain justice.”
Crusius had been unemployed for five months before he opened fire on a crowd of Walmart shoppers. He had been living with his grandparents in a house in Allen while he attended junior college at Collin College but moved out six weeks previously. His grandparents said he spent a few nights back at their home while they were out of town.