More violence from conspiracists who are more than a bit detached from reality. And well-armed.
A Las Vegas couple who shot to death two police officers, a third person and then themselves delivered an ominous message as they left home before the ambush with a shopping cart of weapons, a neighbor said.
“We gotta do what we gotta do,” Jerad Miller told Kelly Fielder, adding that he and his wife, Amanda, were departing for an “underground world.”
Amanda Miller then embraced the neighbor and said, “I am so sorry.”
Fielder said she had heard the husband make anti-government statements in the past — including a desire to overthrow the government and President Obama and kill police officers — but was not alarmed by them. The couple also liked to dress up like the Batman character, The Joker, and his sidekick Harley Quinn.
And, damn it, if Slenderman doesn’t make ANOTHER appearance.
The neighbor, Krista Koch, told the station the man also sometimes dressed as Slenderman, a fictional horror character that recently surfaced in the stabbing of a 12-year-old girl in Wisconsin.
Koch also told the station the couple had told her they were going to carry out an attack, but she thought they were “crazy,” so she dismissed what they said.
The neighbors thought they were all talk yet they were clearly unhinged. In addition, they has a stockpile of weapons and were following the Cliven Bundy situation. They were anti-government and apparently had white supremacist tendencies. A recipe for disaster. And so it was.
No, Slenderman and Batman had nothing to do with it. But is their obsession with counter culture a sign of disconnect with reality? What can we do about such fringe aspects of society? It’s no easy fix. But with the media reporting a violent attack seemingly every day this week in America, some of us can’t help but feel this really is like living in a nightmare. The perception is hard to get past, especially when those who want desperately to curb the violence feel their voice in support of better weapons enforcement is ignored or criticized.
Tip: Jeb Card and Jason Korbus