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February 2018



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Talk radio and domestic terrorism: the pigeons come home to roost

According to ABC News

The gunman who yesterday shot up a Tennessee church that embraced gays and other liberal causes left behind a long letter fuming that he couldn't find a job and expressing a profound "hatred for the liberal movement," police said today.

Jim D. Adkisson, 58, ranted that "liberals and gays" taking jobs had prevented him from finding work. He wrote that he expected to keep shooting parishioners until the police showed up and killed him, Knoxville, Tenn., Police Chief Sterling Owen told a news conference.

Owen said police recovered 76 shotgun shells after Adkisson allegedly opened fired in the sanctuary of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. Three shells had been fired before church members tackled Adkisson, but two people were killed and five more wounded by the blasts before he was wrestled to the floor.


More details of Adkisson's text have surfaced. He was apparently a follower of Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, and Mark Savage, whose books and recordings were found at his house.

Adkisson wrote that he targeted the church "because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country, and that he felt that the Democrats had tied his country's hands in the war on terror and they had ruined every institution in America with the aid of media outlets."

Adkisson told Still, a police officer investigating the crime, that "he could not get to the leaders of the liberal movement that he would then target those that had voted them in to office."
"Jim D. Adkisson, 58, ranted that 'liberals and gays' taking jobs had prevented him from finding work."

Ironically, Adkisson's most recent application to the Knoxville Go-Go-Boy Danceteria and Bathhouse had made it through to round two. His letter asking for a second interview and hot-pants fitting was, tragically, delivered that day.

PS: I found your journal through the Dark Victoriana site. I agreed with a comment you made about underaged drinking on a post about a book called What the Victorians Didn't Teach Us.