According to his lawyer, Michael M. McDermott, who shot seven of his co-workers last December, thought that he was attacking Hitler and six of his generals. “Mucko” is also convinced that he died that day, and everything that is happening around him is unreal, ala Jacob’s Ladder.
Thanks to Google’s newsgroup archives, we have the unique opportunity to sort through his posts from the last eight years and try to judge for ourselves. It’s clear that some sort of degeneration was taking place, as he initially posted mainly to humour and gaming groups. (To say that his sense of humour left a little to be desired is a bit of an understatement, and most of his contributions are pretty damned sick.) Later he gravitated more to discussions about weapons and explosives.
I hope that the sort of people who get hysterical about role-playing games don’t get wind of his '97 post to rec.games.frp.dnd, in which he badly misquotes Yoda:
I’m a little suspicious of his supposed insanity. In this post to alt.eng.explosives just five days before the murders, he sounds quite rational. This was, mind you, supposedly after the Archangel Michael gave him his ‘holy mission’.
What, if anything, happened to create such a turn-about in a man who less than a year-and-a-half before had responded to an islamaphobic nut by saying:
Maybe it’s morbid (and fundamentally pointless) to dig through all this, but what the hell happened there?