Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I regret to report that I have been experiencing computer freeze-ups intermittently throughout the day and into the evening that have wreaked havoc with my effort to post a new article today. The problem may have been caused by an otherworldly large Windows 8 update. Computer is functioning well now, so let’s get started.
Aaron Ellis may have been suffering from schizophrenia and experiencing paranoid delusions on Monday.
The man who gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard called police in a Rhode Island city last month to complain that voices were harassing him through a wall at his hotel and that he worried they might harm him. Police said Tuesday they alerted the Navy that day that Aaron Alexis was hearing voices.
According to a police report, two Newport police officers were called to a Marriott in town around 6 a.m. Aug. 7. Alexis told them he was in town as a naval contractor. Newport is the site of Naval Station Newport, the Naval War College and several military contractors.
Alexis, 34, a defense contractor employee, fired inside a building at the Washington naval installation Monday and killed 12, the FBI said. He was killed in a gunbattle with police.
In Rhode Island, Alexis told the officers he had gotten in an argument while boarding a flight in Virginia, and he believed the person he argued with sent three people to follow him. He said he never saw the people but believed they were using a microwave machine to send vibrations into his body so he could not fall asleep. He said he checked into two hotels previously, one on the Navy base, and could not get away from them.
He would not tell officers what the voices were saying. But he also told them he did not have a history of mental illness in his family and had never had any similar episodes, the report said.
‘‘He was concerned for his own safety,’’ Newport Police Lt. William Fitzgerald said Tuesday.
Later that day, Newport police alerted police at the naval station and sent them a copy of the police report because Alexis said he was a contractor, Fitzgerald said.
‘‘What he was claiming didn’t sound right,’’ he said.
A spokeswoman for the station referred calls to the FBI.
Fitzgerald said Alexis did not call police again, and it was the only contact his department had with him.
In other news today,
1. The Washington Times is reporting that the State of Florida is investigating the propriety of State Attorney Angela Corey’s decision to terminate Ben Kruibdos, the IT specialist in her office who publicly accused Bernie de la Rionda of withholding evidence favorable to the defense. This announcement is not news. It’s a natural and probable consequence of Kruibdos’s wrongful termination lawsuit. The decision to investigate is not an endorsement of the lawsuit. It’s the next logical step in the process.
2. Dr. Shiping Bao’s claim that the prosecution threw the case against Zimmerman still has plenty of legs. Here’s a link to the Grio’s report today summarizing that argument. The report contains some additional information that I had not previously heard.
3. The DC police now claim that only one shooter was involved in the Navy Yard shootings. Police have identified him as Aaron Alexis (34). He was honorably discharged from the US Navy 2 years ago.
4. Mr. Alexis worked as a government contractor for a company called The Experts, a subcontractor on an HP Enterprise Services contract to refresh equipment used on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet network.
5. He arrived in DC a couple days before the shootings and was staying at a Residence Inn with five other government contractors working at the Navy Yard.
6. The FBI said he had legitimate access to the Navy Yard “as a result of his work as a contractor.” Therefore, he had the requisite ID to be admitted to the building.
7. He drove a rental vehicle on Monday morning and parked it within a few blocks of the Navy Yard.
8. There is an atrium inside the building with a seating area on the ground floor adjoining a cafeteria. Mr. Alexis went up to the 4th Floor and fired down on people in the seating area.