Yesterday Al Joseph deGuzman was apprehended by police as he picked up pictures of himself in possession of an illegal explosives cache. The alert Long’s photo lab employee (herself the daughter of an active San Jose police officer) was able to detain Guzman long enough for police to arrive and take him into custody after a brief attempt to escape.
This 19 year old student at De Anza Junior College in Cupertino, California had specific plans to enter the school cafeteria at 12:30 in the afternoon and precipitate the slaughter of as many people possible. In Guzman’s bedroom at home police found dozens of bombs and Molotov cocktails (60 in total) along with high power weapons and ammunition. There was also a tape recording of Guzman apologizing to his and other families for what he was about to do.
This is no sort of teenage fantasy being played out here. This was an attempt at cold blooded mass murder. It is nearly impossible to imagine the motives for such an act. That anyone would do so strictly for the sake of notoriety (as all evidence points to in this case) goes beyond the realm of psychopathology and into the world of lunacy. The bombs were equipped with timing devices, an indication of the extent of mayhem that was intended.
I can only hope that the judge and jury in this trial make sure this sick individual never again sees the light of day. Mandatory life imprisonment without possibility of parole is the only reasonable punishment for such an unprovoked and malignant attempt upon the lives of so many innocents. Swift work by the police managed an evacuation of the campus without a single injury or mishap. One can only dread to think of the loss of life that might have occurred had the photo lab employee been more lax in her work. That Guzman photographed himself for “posterity” with his explosives only serves to magnify the evil self-aggrandizement he was attempting.
Recent investigations have turned up a website run by Guzman that praises the Columbine killers and shows how to build bombs. He goes on to spew hatred for all humanity and the wish to kill everyone. This maggot was completely anti-social and a threat to all.
While I shall refrain from any attempt at analyzing his motives, I wonder if there is anyone here at the boards who would argue for less than permanent and irrevocable confinement for this twisted individual. Any attempt to “one up” the Columbine massacre should be signal for the harshest penalties of the law imaginable. Please respond.