Valerie Parlave, head of the FBI’s field office in Washington, said in Wednesday’s news conference that they were still investigating Alexis’ background and motivations.
But she noted the former Navy reservist had a well-documented history of mental health issues.
Ms Parlave said: “At this point I can confirm that there are multiple indicators that Alexis held a delusional belief that he was being controlled or influenced by extremely low frequency, or ELF, electromagnetic waves.
“The etching… is believed to reference these electromagnetic waves.
“In addition, a document retrieved from the electronic media stated ‘ELF attack is what I’ve been subject to for the last three months, and to be perfectly honest that is what has driven me to this’.”
Ms Parlave added: “ELF technology was a legitimate programme for naval subtonal submarine communications.
“However, conspiracy theories exist which misinterpret its application as the weaponisation of remote neural frequencies for government monitoring and manipulation of unsuspecting citizens.”
Do conspiracy theorists feed into the delusional thoughts of mentally ill people? It’s hard to pin this on crazy media rats like he-who-shall-not-be-named and the various forums and websites that promote such nonsense as real. But there is something to be said for the acceptability of these ideas. They are so popular now that it no longer seems odd for people to subscribe to them. Normal people believe this stuff so it makes it more difficult to tell who may really need help. Or, does it…?
Tip: Jeb Card