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Nashville Shooter's Manifesto Released Despite FBI Resistance

• https://www.zerohedge.com, by John R. Lott Jr.

The fight over obtaining the murderer's diary also received news attention. But when "nearly four dozen pages" of the murderer's diary were finally released last week, the mainstream media completely ignored it. It turns out that behind the scenes, the FBI had fought hard against the diary's release. Some Covenant School parents also opposed releasing the diary because it would force families to re-live the nightmare. The Tennessee Star's parent company, Star News Digital Media, successfully filed two lawsuits to obtain the diary.

Five days after the release of the diary, with the exception of the New York Post, which is a national news outlet, the news coverage was limited to seven other conservative outlets such as The Daily Wire and Newsbusters.

The school murderer was transgender, and her diary reveals a suicidal left-winger who hated whites. The FBI expressed concern that the release of the diary from a transgender person could lead the public "to dismiss the attacker as mentally ill," which would "further permeate the false narrative that the majority of attackers are mentally ill." It worried that the diary could "potentially inflam[e] the public."

The FBI worried that releasing the diary could have "unintended consequences for the segment of the population more vulnerable or open to conspiracy theories, which will undoubtedly abound." Self-professed "experts," the FBI fears, will "proffer their perspectives" in the press.

But there is a lot of important information in the diary. As is very typical of mass public shooters, the murderer was suicidal: "A terrible feeling to know I am nothing of the gender I was born of. I am the most unhappy boy alive. I wish to be dead." She was also on the anti-anxiety drug Buspirone, whose potential side effects include "abnormal dreams, outbursts of anger, tremors, and physical weakness."

The FBI worries that the diary will help create a link in people's minds between mass murderers and mental illness, but suicidal people presumably have some mental health problems. Nor should the link be particularly surprising given that the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that 51% of mass public shooters in the last 25 years were actually seeing mental health care professionals before their attacks. That is 2.5 times the rate in the general public.


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