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Thursday, May 19, 2011

E-mails Concerning Jared Loughner from School Staff & Students

Read this interesting article posted here in full from KVOA ( I have highlighted the e-mail fragments but make sure to click the link at the end to see the PDF version of the full e-mails (255 pages but worth the read. Very interesting. Loughner sends complaint e-mails to a Tai Chi teacher and gets a snarky/defensive response. He practically begs a teacher for help in understanding the syllabus but the teacher is clearly vexed in his responses. I can actually empathize with him feeling ignored. I have often felt the same throughout colleges. Teachers often have the "don't bother me, I'm too busy" attitude. It's also very interesting to read how the teachers communicate back and forth- like calling him a "psycho egg" and the like.) Worth saving a copy to your harddrive in case it get's taken down.
Any way, here's the article:

TUCSON - E-mails released by Pima Community College today paint a frightening portrait of Jared Lee Loughner - several teachers and students were genuinely scared of him, it appears, and even after his suspension, PCC administrators and police were concerned for the safety of their campuses.
As far back as September 2009, teachers and students had problems with Loughner's behavior in the classroom.
In this e-mail between Barry Brownstein, Tai Chi class teacher, and several PCC admin staff, including Susan Heinrich, Fitness and Sports Sciences Dept. Chair, Brownstein responds to a formal complaint against his class, lodged by Loughner:
"[sic]what can I say? This was out of the blue for me but I think I see so many people come thru[sic] my class there were will be a few psycho eggs. I could tell he had emotional problems but my mission is to help everyone. And I never let the psychos run the clinic, ever."
A few months later, and more concern from another of Loughner's teachers - Kent Slinker sent this e-mail to David Bishop on September 24, 2009:
"...I was going to discuss with you our student, Jared Loughner, but maybe I do not have too [sic] (his last assignment was just a jumble of letters and garbled sentences) - I wrote him a note, asking him to stay after class to see if I could perhaps give him some visual logic work (puzzles and things), but he ran out of class, and has not returned. So I guess that is that."
Perhaps the most obvious early indication that something was wrong with Loughner came on June 5, 2010 - PCC math professor Benjamin McGahee sent the following e-mail to counselor Delisa Siddall:
"Hey Delisa, how are you? I talked with Pat Houston on Friday. It looks like the police is [sic] not going to follow up with Jared. I really think someone should be in the classroom to assess his behavior. I have no idea what is he capable of doing. I just want our class to be safe. Thanks."
Other e-mails include concerns form another student that she saw Loughner with a knife of some kind in one classroom.
Several counselors met with Loughner, but in each instance, he agreed to the conditions to allow him to remain in class. In one case, he reassured counselor DeLisa Siddall that he would remain silent in class and successfully complete the course.
"I had no grounds to keep him out of class," she said in an e-mail.
There were five recorded police contacts with Jared between February 2010 and September 2010. On September 29, the now-infamous YouTube video of Loughner's tirade against PCC was discovered by Pima DPS officers. The next day, a notice of suspension was issued to Loughner's residence.
Shortly after this video was found on YouTube, a comprehensive list of police contacts, behavioral observations, and other profile information was compiled, along with a confidential flyer to PCC law enforcement that read:
"Jared Lee Loughner is not permitted on any Pima Community College property. If you see him please contact Campus Police immediately..."
On September 29, PCC police officer Shad Pace sent a request for information on Loughner to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
On October 1, Athansio Vlahoulis, with the ATF, responded:
"I did not come up with any gun info on this guy. Let me know if you need anything else."
As News 4 Tucson has reported previously, Loughner purchased the 9mm Glock pistol that he used on January 8 at a Sportsman's Warehouse in November.
Click here to view the complete .PDF document containing all released e-mails. NOTE: This is a very large file - allow time for it to load.

FBI Wants Unabomber's DNA: Regarding the Tylenol Murder Cases!

Wow, Ted Kaczynski seems to be in the news a lot these days. (Here is a direct link to the auction of his items.) I am one of those people who have been saying that I believe that Kaczynski is not only the Unabomber but also the Zodiac Killer. I also knew about the theory that Kaczynski was responsible for the Tylenol murders in the 80s but I never really looked deep into that specific case.

Here is CNN's article in full:

Authorities want to take DNA samples from "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski in connection with their investigation into the 1982 incident in which seven people died after taking Tylenol capsules laced with potassium cyanide, according to the FBI office in Chicago.
"As part of the re-examination of the 1982 Tylenol poisonings, the FBI attempted to secure DNA from numerous individuals, including Ted Kaczynski," said Cynthia Yates, FBI spokeswoman. "To date, Kaczynski has declined to voluntarily provide samples."
However, in a handwritten motion filed in federal court aimed at stopping the online auction of possessions taken from his Montana cabin in 1996, Kaczynski writes that he did agree -- with a condition -- to provide the sample.
Kaczynski, 68, killed three people and wounded 23 others in a string of bombings from 1978 to 1995. The FBI dubbed him the "Unabomber" because of his early targets -- universities and airlines. He was arrested in 1996, pleaded guilty in 1998 and is now serving a life term in the federal "Supermax" prison in Florence, Colorado.
Yates would not comment on whether federal authorities already have a DNA sample from Kaczynski or when the request for his DNA was made.
"It would have been standard procedure for DNA to be taken from Kaczynski as an inmate in a federal prison," said Traci Billingsley, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Prisons. But she could not say precisely when Kaczynski's DNA was taken in the past, and had no information on the FBI's request for a new sample.
"The standards on DNA testing have changed over the years, so forensic examiners would want a fresh sample," said Chicago FBI spokesman Ross Rice. He said he did not know whether the original sample was kept or not.
Mark Collins, a spokesman for the "Supermax" prison, would not comment on the DNA issue, saying it was "not a matter of public record."
On April 27, Kaczynski writes in the motion filed May 9, prison officials told him that "the Chicago office of the FBI wanted a sample of my DNA to compare with some partial DNA profiles connected with a 1982 event in which someone put potassium cyanide in Tylenol. The officers said the FBI was prepared to get a court order to compel me to provide the DNA sample, but wanted to know whether I would provide the sample voluntarily."
Kaczynski said he asked for time to think about it, and said he later sent a written response to prison officials saying he would provide the sample voluntarily "if the FBI would satisfy a certain condition that is not relevant here."
Rice said he had no knowledge of what Kaczynski's condition might be.
"I have never even possessed any potassium cyanide," Kaczynski said. "But even on the assumption that the FBI is entirely honest (an assumption I'm unwilling to make), partial DNA profiles can throw suspicion on persons who are entirely innocent. For example, such profiles can show that 5%, or 3%, or 1% of Americans have the same partial profile as the person who committed a certain crime.
"If it happens by chance that I fit one of the partial DNA profiles that the FBI has in relation to the 1982 cyanide incident, then it will be not only to my advantage, but to the advantage of society in general, to resolve correctly the question of any putative connection between me and the cyanide incident. For this purpose, some of the evidence seized from my cabin in 1996 may turn out to be important," and the auction should not go forward, he writes.
A similar motion was also filed in district court, according to court documents.
"Kaczynski has not been indicted in connection with the Chicago Tylenol investigation, and no such federal prosecution is currently planned," federal prosecutors said in a response to the motion. "Consequently, there is no basis for an order interfering with the sale previously approved by the district court, as directed by the court of appeals."
Absent a judge's ruling on the motion, the auction launched as planned Wednesday. Bidding for a handwritten copy of Kaczynski's 35,000-word manifesto, which ultimately led to his capture, stood at more than $12,000 as of Thursday.
In 1982, seven people in the Chicago area died after taking Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with potassium cyanide.
The deaths prompted a national scare as several drug chains pulled Tylenol off their shelves and people in several cities were hospitalized on suspicion of cyanide poisoning. In an October 1982 article, Time magazine quoted Dr. William Robertson, then director of the Poison Control Center in Seattle, as saying, "If it was going to be a lethal dose, you wouldn't have time to call."
Johnson & Johnson, parent company of the McNeil drug maker, was widely credited for its aggressiveness in recalling the product and its transparency in dealing with the deaths, and the product quickly bounced back in sales, remaining a popular analgesic.
The incident led to changes in the way over-the-counter drugs were packaged, as tamper-proof seals were instituted.
The case was never solved.
In February 2009, the FBI announced it was working with Illinois state and local police to review evidence related to the killings. "The review was prompted, in part, by the recent 25th anniversary of this crime and the resulting publicity. Further, given the many recent advances in forensic technology, it was only natural that a second look be taken at the case and recovered evidence."
Tylenol spokesman Bill Price declined comment on the Kaczynski matter Thursday.
About 60 items are featured in the online auction of Kaczynski's possessions, including clothing, books, photographs and documents. Proceeds from the sale will benefit four of his victims who sought restitution and were awarded $15 million. Kaczynski vehemently opposed the auction and fought a court battle to prevent it. The auction runs through June 2 at

Theodore J. Kaczynski Biography

Here's a documentary on the Unabomber I found, in full. Very interesting.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Unabomber Items Up for auction

Auction runs from May 18th through June 2nd.

The GSA will be running the auction. 

Take a look at what will be auctioned off: