A gunman who killed two schoolteachers and wounded nine others last night at a Louisiana movie theater reportedly had a history of mental illness and aggression.
John Russell Houser, who also shot and killed himself at the screening of the film Trainwreck, had a certain fondness for Adolf Hitler, as well.
“Hitler is loved for the results of his pragmatism,” the 59-year-old wrote last year on a stateofmind13.com message board. “There is no question of his being the most successful that ever lived. At this time the US is no more than a financially failing filth farm. Soon the phrase ‘ruling with an iron hand’ will be palatable anew.”
He likewise once wrote about the “power of the lone wolf” on a site for Golden Dawn, Greece’s neo-Nazi party.
“Do not mistake yourselves for one minute, the enemy sees all posted on this website. I do not want to discourage the last hope for the best, but you must realize the power of the lone wolf, is the power that come forth in ALL situations,” he wrote.
Houser had a “volatile mental state,” family members said in 2008 restraining order paperwork. The family sought to have him involuntarily committed, and have since been estranged from the Alabama native. Houser’s previous wife also told authorities that at one point his behavior became so erratic and aggressive, she was forced to remove all firearms from the home out of fear for her life.