The previous tattoo parlor proprietor who killed 5 folks in a Denver-area taking pictures spree reportedly printed a three-book, violence-laden sci-fi sequence — whose principal character in considered one of them bursts into an ink joint and opens fireplace.
Lyndon McLeod, 47, who was killed by police after his rampage, is believed to have focused victims he knew, together with two ladies and a person at a pair of tattoo outlets, KDVR reported, citing police.
The gunman reportedly harbored extremist views, had a historical past of psychiatric episodes and had been investigated for undisclosed incidents in 2020 and 2021 — although no costs had been ever filed.
In 2019 and 2020, he self-published three fantasy books utilizing the pen identify Roman McClay beneath the title “Sanction,” 9 Information reported.
Within the second dark-themed novel, the closely armed principal character — named Lyndon — rushes right into a physique paint store carrying physique armor, based on the information outlet.
“Inside 2.3 seconds, he educated the muzzle on the woman — her head and throat — as she cowed on the mattress and screamed. He shot her twice,” McLeod reportedly wrote.
“If she had been quiet he may not have shot her so rapidly; however ladies are noisy — like children — and for that they have to pay a worth,” the twisted writer added.
Additionally within the e-book, Lyndon meets Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski, who killed three folks in a sequence of explosions focusing on scientists, in jail, Information 9 reported.
“If there isn’t any Unabomber there isn’t any me,” Lyndon tells the notorious killer, based on the outlet. “We search the identical factor however from reverse ends of the intense.”
McLeod’s books, which had been printed by an organization he known as Flat Black Ink, can be found on Amazon, the place they’ve gotten rave opinions — but additionally warnings by readers about excessive violence.
One reviewer wrote that his books “give full vent to their sexism, racism and each other-ism stored out of mainstream discourse,” the Solar reported.
McLeod additionally stuffed his Instagram web page with pictures of “Sanction”-inspired tattoos, together with one which reveals a cranium with arrows mentioning of it, the outlet reported.
“Ache calls for a response,” he wrote.
He additionally reportedly espoused alt-right conspiracy theories and shared a COVID-19 conspiracy meme that seems to point out Fb chief Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft founder Invoice Gates discussing an “injectable nanoworm,” the Solar mentioned.
And final yr, McLeod went on a tirade about emasculated males.
“Our whole society is made up of s— little f— who insult badasses & get away with it as a result of regulation enforcement & social norms shield the WEAK from the STRONG. I’m over it. The weak higher buckle up… s— is about to get actual,” he mentioned, based on the outlet.
In the meantime, the Solar reported that McLeod quoted the late writer Hunter Thompson, founding father of the gonzo journalism motion, who rose to prominence by writing the e-book “Hell’s Angels” after spending a yr with the bike gang.
“I swore I’d by no means go unarmed once more,” McLeod quoted the writer in a picture of him mendacity in a sizzling tub, the information outlet reported.
His horrifying rampage started at about 5 p.m. Monday at Sol Tribe Tattoo and Piercing in Denver, the place he gunned down Alicia Cardenas, 44, and Alyssa Gunn-Maldonado, KDVR reported. A person was additionally wounded there.
He later killed Danny Scofield at Fortunate 13 Tattoo on Kipling Road in Lakewood and in addition shot useless Sarah Steck, a clerk at a Hyatt resort.
A fifth sufferer, who has not but been recognized, was killed at a house close to Cheesman Park in Denver, the Colorado Solar reported.
An unidentified Lakewood police officer was injured within the gunfire, police mentioned. She is in steady situation however would require extra surgical procedures.
“She took a scenario that was already horrendous and put herself in hurt’s technique to cease it earlier than it obtained even worse,” police spokesman John Romero mentioned, based on KDVR.
“We’re past pleased with her actions and the lives she doubtless saved due to her acts final night time,” he added.