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? (none / 0) (#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? (none / 0) (#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"