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New details emerge on the life of Jared Lee Loughner

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Will Rahn
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While his motive remains unclear, new details have begun to emerge about the life of Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect currently being held for the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others on Saturday.

So far, much of the media speculation has focused on Loughner’s MySpace and YouTube pages. He left a message on his MySpace page prior to the shooting, writing “Goodbye [...] Dear friends … Please don’t be mad at me.” The page has now been “frozen” by MySpace as investigators look over the information, while his YouTube page remains active. The Daily Caller reported that he listed The Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf as two of his favorite books on YouTube. On Sunday morning, Fox News reported that the Department of Homeland Security is looking into possible links between Loughner and an anti-Semitic hate group.

The YouTube page features several rambling, incoherent messages from Loughner set to music. In the videos, he talks about subjects like mind control, religion, and inventing his own currency. Also featured is a video of a man burning an American flag in the desert.

He had several run-ins with law enforcement in the years prior to the shooting, although the specifics of each incident remain unknown. In 2008, Loughner attempted to join the Army, but was rejected by recruiters.

Grant Wiens, a high school classmate of Loughner, told The Washington Post that he was “very shy” and “didn’t seem very popular.” According to Wiens, Loughner also smoked pot and “wasn’t too keen on religion.”

“As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy,” another former classmate, Caitie Parker, wrote on Twitter. “I haven’t seen him since ’07 though. He became very reclusive.”

“I know that he caused a lot of trouble in his classes other than band,” Gabriella Carillo, 22, told The Guardian. “If he tried, he would probably be at the top of our class. But he kind of just wasted his life.”

After high school, Loughner attended Pima Community College in Arizona. School officials asked him to leave the school after a “disturbing” video post on the internet, and said he could only return after he had been seen by a mental health professional. One of his college classmates described to The Guardian as an “obviously very disturbed” student who “disrupted class frequently with nonsensical outbursts.”

“I always felt, you know, somewhat paranoid,” Ben McGahee, who taught Loughner elementary algebra at Pima Community College last summer, said to The Washington Post. “When I turned my back to write on the board, I would always turn back quickly–to see if he had a gun.”

“He has kind of a troubled past, I can tell you that,” said Pima County Sherriff Clarence Dupnik.

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  • grasyknol

    Tucker Carlson w/o the bow tie. This site is a joke.

    • thephranc

      Yet you keep coming back and making stupid comments like this one.

  • theprofessor

    Now AP is saying he was a 9/11 truther….seems like Jesse Ventura may be more to blame than Palin.

    • loudog

      trying to assign blame are you?

      • The_anniebanannie

        Don’t be such a dumbass, dog. YOU have been trying to assign blame all weekend. Time to look at all possibilities === but you won’t, because that doesn’t fit into your agenda.

        • loudog

          I know you can read. He just just used the word ‘blame’. All I’ve done is call on politicians and people who should know better to think before they speak. I don’t expect that from theprofessor.

          • The_anniebanannie

            “All I’ve done is call on politicians and people who should know better to think before they speak.”

            You’re the guy that throws gas on a fire then stands there and says “oh, gee, I thought it was water.”

          • loudog

            asking people to think is very extreme, isn’t it?

      • theprofessor

        You are dumber than dirt. It’s a shame everything to you has to be typed so a first grader can understand it.

  • erick1740

    The dude is a democrat, end of story, You own the lunatic and you created him.

    • loudog

      To quote Roxanna Green, “stop the hatred”.

      • thephranc

        You’re guilty of some serious hate and lies. But as typical of people like you you’re going to try and claim some moral high ground. People see through your self righteous bullcrap.

        • loudog

          and by hatred you mean calling Sharon Angle irresponsible? Would you also like to compare her with Thomas Jefferson?

          • The_anniebanannie

            If you’re not trying to blame Angle for this tragedy, what’s the point of bringing her up time after time?

            You’ve really proven yourself a dishonest liar in these threads.

          • loudog

            Some on the left went too far in their rhetoric against GWB. Now it’s the crazies on the right’s turn to take some heat for going too far, but feel free to compare Angle to Jefferson, that’s always entertaining.

  • toomuchinfo

    Flipping Out came back!

    You must be so happy the tragedy occured at a strip mall. Strip malls always bring out the worst in people. Opine please.

  • tombt

    The kid sounds like he was mentally ill. Perhaps schizophrenic which tends to manifest itself in early adulthood. To use that to discredit a political party or individual is simply reprehensible.

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