Did the extreme amount of attention southern politicians gave to the Charleston killer cause the recent Chattanooga killings? Was the Chattanooga killer hoping for the same amount of attention the Charleston killer received? The timing of the Chattanooga killings could be a coincidence but such killings are not that common and two of them have occurred in southern states within a month of each other. They occurred in the same time period as the trial of the Colorado theater killer with its national publicity. I didn't catch the man's name, but a recent newscast included a comment by the relative of a theater victim about how publicity may encourage such incidents.
I'm not suggesting the Chattanooga killer suddenly decided to commit
murder because of the Charleston killings. It is likely
he had been thinking about doing something like that. I am
asking if the response to the Charleston killing pushed a man who
was thinking about killing over the edge to become a killer.
The Chattanooga killer may have had different attitudes including
different criteria for his victims, but racism appears to be a major
factor. His actions appear to have been directed against the
American "race" in general rather than against different color
groups within the American race. That's right white folks,
racist killings can be directed against whites as well as
blacks. He apparently selected his victims based on the
uniform they wore rather than the color of their skin.
Although he was raised as an American, he appears to have
developed a strong identification with his Middle Eastern roots.
The death of the Chattanooga killer will make it harder to determine
what he expected to accomplish, but perhaps he left something behind
that would indicate if he expected to be able to terrify the entire
southern populace the way the Charleston had terrified southern
One thing many normal people may not understand is that some people
would rather be a pariah than a nobody