The gunman who killed two people in a Louisiana movie theater ranted about liberals, Fox News, and how America had become "filth" in a notebook released Wednesday by authorities.
John Russell Houser, 59, killed two people and injured nine others, before turning the gun on himself at The Grand Theater on July 23. On Wednesday, Lafayette police released public documents related to their investigation, including a 589-page final report, photographs, and Houser's handwritten notebook.
Scribbled across 40 pages were political rants, lists of his favorite songs and movies, and his distaste for most aspects of American society.
"The truth is only known when all are heard," he began. Under the heading "Random Thoughts," he wrote:
"America is a filth farm...If you have not stood against the filth, you are now a soft target."
In the pages that follow, Houser disparaged liberals, blacks, women, gay people, and Fox News. After listing his favorite songs and movies, he itemized the "lies of the century," and his predictions for a "world financial collapse" that would leave only North Korea, Iran, Russia, and China in power.
As for the reasons for his actions, he joked.
"Just running an errand on my way home. I'm going to DizzKnee Land."
He spoke favorably of Donald Trump and Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old man accused of killing nine people in a racially motivated attack at a Charleston church.
"Had Dylan Roof reached political maturity he would have seen the world is not n***er, but liberal," Houser wrote. "But thank you for the wake up call Dylann."
He dared authorities to put in enough metal detectors to protect "soft targets," which he notes are everywhere.
"America as a whole is now the enemy," he wrote. "All soft targets included."
Houser referred to himself as radicalized and claimed he had offered interviews to radio stations before the shooting.
In the final pages, he documents his final actions: taking a shower, watching political coverage on Fox News, choosing the 7:15 p.m. showing of Trainwreck.
The final entry is marked 6:50.
"Truth is now the enemy of the 2015 U.S."
In police interviews with witnesses, the other 29 people inside the theater during the shooting described flashes, bangs, and confusion as they tried to flee. Houser emptied one magazine, then reloaded his .40-caliber handgun. After apparently looking out the emergency exit to see police arriving, several of the injured said they watched as Houser fired several more times, then shot himself, and fell to the theater floor.
"I never heard him say a word," one victim said. "He just started shooting without warning."
Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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