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Omar Mateen Confidential

He appears to have been a self-hating, mentally ill, closet-case berserker

So, let’s see what we’ve learned about the Orlando terrorist today:

1. He was likely a closet case.

He had been drinking at Pulse at least a dozen times. From USA Today:

As investigators on Monday scoured the details of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen’s life, several regulars at the Pulse nightclub offered a startling revelation: They had seen Mateen there before, they said, drinking, arguing and talking about his family.

The FBI late Monday told USA TODAY that it was reviewing these eyewitness accounts, but that it wasn’t clear whether Mateen’s possible visits may have served as efforts to scout the target or whether he was a patron of the club. Orlando Police Chief John Mina on Monday said he had no information about the sightings.

Pulse patron Kevin West said the 29-year-old Mateen even messaged him on and off for a year before the shooting, using a gay chat and dating app called Jack’d, the Los Angeles Times reported.

What kind of devout Muslim goes drinking booze at a gay bar? You’re going to blame Islam for this guy? Really?

2. He was probably mentally ill.

His ex-wife said yesterday that he was bipolar. Today, there was this from a high school friend who said Mateen cheered on 9/11:

“He didn’t hide it,” Aahil Khan said of Mateen’s happiness at attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. “He said they suspended him because he was yelling to everyone that it was a good thing. He was the only one there who wasn’t upset that they attacked.”

“I feel like that was a big moment in his life, seeing” the attacks.

Khan said it was clear even then that Mateen was mentally ill.

“I felt sorry for him,” said Khan, who lost touch with Mateen after high school and believed his former friend was depressed, somewhat delusional and paranoid. “He couldn’t control his emotions.”

3. He was filled with rage at everybody.
From a co-worker of Mateen’s:

“There was never a moment where he didn’t have anger and rage,” Gilroy told “The Kelly File”. “And he was always loud and cursing. And anytime a female or a black person came by, he would use horrible words.”

On one occasion, Gilroy said, Mateen told him, “I would just like to kill all those [n-words]” after a conversation between Mateen and a black man. “A few times he mentioned homosexuals and Jewish people,” Gilroy said, “but we didn’t deal with them quite as often, so it was mostly women and blacks, because those were the people in front of us.”

Gilroy told Florida Today that he complained to his superiors several times about Mateen, but they refused to take action because, Gilroy claimed, Mateen was Muslim. Gilroy said he quit G4S in 2015 after Mateen began sending him dozens of harassing text and phone messages per day.

“Everything he said was toxic,” Gilroy told the paper, “and the company wouldn’t do anything. This guy was unhinged and unstable. He talked of killing people.”

This guy Mateen fits into nobody’s pet theory. Which won’t stop people from putting him there.



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