A Disturbing Motif: Online Manifesto, Mass Shooting

As the authorities sort out motives from emotions in the Arizona shooting rampage, one aspect of the multiple-tragedies event is clear: Jared Loughner, the alleged gunman, had an active Internet presence.

Like many people nowadays, Loughner, 22, has lived a public life. He reportedly had a MySpace page — which has been removed since the Jan. 8 shootings — and a YouTube Channel, under the user name Classitup10.

Anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can see remnants of Loughner’s online existence and get a creepy glimpse into his psyche. You can read his abstruse personal philosophy in his text-laden videos. You don’t have to wait for his manifesto to be released by the FBI or published by The New York Times. You can go to YouTube.

Loughner’s YouTube profile page, created in October 2010, lists several schools and colleges. He names his favorite books, including Animal Farm, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Phantom Tollbooth and Mein Kampf.

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