An Educated Alienated Loner

Is anyone surprised that Robert Lewis Dear, Jr is described by those who came into occasional contact with him as a reclusive loner ? He lived in a dilapidated trailer off the beaten path. His only political activity reported so far consists of once handing an anti-Obama pamphlet to a neighbor who had stopped by his trailer.

His ex-wife says he has a college degree and used to be an art dealer of some sort. He did not seem particularly religious or political. When they split up, she said she had no problem with Dear having custody of their 12 year old son and raising him. (She remarried and said she only saw Dear a handful of times since they split in 2000.)

Dear moved to Colorado from North Carolina in the last year or two and bought a piece of land in Hartsel, CO, which is in Park County, about 45 minutes from Colorado Springs. He lived in a trailer with a woman and two dogs.

He has no significant criminal history and none in the past decade. In North Carolina he lived in a cabin in the woods on Black Mountain near Asheville, NC that had no electricity or running water. Until his divorce in 2000, he lived in South Carolina. He grew up in Lexington, KY.

His neighbors, who barely had any contact with him, describe him as an unkempt reclusive malcontent who never appeared threatening (despite being 6'4" tall) and didn't express political opinions.

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What was Dear's motivation? Even though no one knows as of now, that hasn't stopped every activist group from claiming to be his victim. The gun control crowd harps on his use of a gun. The Attorney General has already declared he was at war with women. Pro-choice activists say he was motivated by hatred of abortion.

Whatever his motivation, he slipped through the cracks. America is so worried about ISIS, it pays scant attention to the problem of the lone and looney wolves at home.

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    Never appeared threatening? (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by CoralGables on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 06:23:50 AM EST
    "police records show a history of arrests for domestic violence, animal cruelty and being a peeping tom"

    Art dealer? (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by CoralGables on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 06:39:23 AM EST
    "he lived off selling prints of his uncle's paintings of Southern plantations"

    According to WaPo (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by MO Blue on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 08:58:11 AM EST
    COLORADO SPRINGS -- The gunman suspected of storming a Planned Parenthood clinic and killing a police officer and two others used the phrase "no more baby parts'' to explain his actions, according to a law enforcement official, a comment likely to further inflame the heated rhetoric surrounding abortion.

    Motivation (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by lentinel on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 09:04:28 AM EST
    Whatever his motivation, he slipped through the cracks. America is so worried about ISIS, it pays scant attention to the problem of the lone and looney wolves at home.

    It is an easy way out for politicians who are clueless about how to deal with problems at home to create even more dangerous situations abroad, and then pretend to be engaged in solving them.

    Regarding Dear's motivation:
    What he is reported to have said about his rationale, "no more body parts", sounds like an echo of what Carly Florina put out there during the "debates".

    If anyone is yelling, "fire" in a crowded theatre, it is she - using inflamed rhetoric about Planned Parenthood allegedly selling aborted babies and their body parts. and setting off and psychically enabling unstable freaks who have unfettered access to guns.

    More from the ex-wife (none / 0) (#5)
    by MO Blue on Sun Nov 29, 2015 at 09:29:06 AM EST
    She acknowledged on Saturday that she had once called the police about him but declined to talk about it. A police incident report shows that in 1997 she told the police that he had locked her out of her home, and had "hit her and pushed her out the window" when she tried to climb in. He also shoved her to the ground. The report said she did not want to file any charges, but simply "wanted something on record of this incident occurring."
    The younger Mr. Dear was raised in the Baptist church, Ms. Ross said. He was religious but not a regular churchgoer, not one to harp on his faith. "He believed wholeheartedly in the Bible. That's what he always said, he read it cover to cover to cover," she said. But he wasn't fixated on it, she added.

    He was generally conservative, but not obsessed with politics. ....He believed that abortion was wrong, but it was not something that he spoke about compulsively. "It was never really a topic of discussion," Ms. Ross said. He did not have many close friends.