The man who police believe detonated a recreational vehicle packed with explosives in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning was a UFO hunter who reportedly expressed belief in a conspiracy theory involving an alien race of reptiles secretly taking over society.
Anthony Warner, was a conspiracy theorist alien hunter, two senior law enforcement officials have told NBC News. Walker left a trail of cryptic clues on his electronic devices and social media, including videos, pictures, and writings detailing his eccentric beliefs, that are now being examined by detectives.
Among the potential clues investigators are probing are statements Warner supposedly made online regarding a race of lizard-like aliens who had come to take over the planet.
The far-reaching and fantastical conspiracy claims that a number of prominent politicians and famous entertainers, including the Clintons, Obamas, and Justin Bieber, have infiltrated Hollywood and the highest levels of government.
Federal authorities are also focusing on Warner’s backcountry excursions, where he camped under the stars in his R.V. in the hopes of sighting extraterrestrial activity, according to NBC News. It’s currently unclear if Warner’s obsession with alien life forms is connected to the Nashville bombing.
Warner’s R.V. detonated outside an AT&T building. Detectives are also looking into whether other conspiracy beliefs he held surrounding 5G cellular services may have influenced his actions, WSMV-TV reported.
“We’re looking at every possible motive,” FBI special agent Douglas Korneski said.
Around 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 25, Warner’s R.V. exploded into a giant fireball, shaking city neighborhoods. Three people were injured and dozens of buildings were damaged in the blast. Human remains found in the wreckage, positively identified as Warner’s, linked him to the bombing, according to the Washington Post.
A recorded audio message, warning an explosion was imminent, blared from the R.V.'s loudspeakers prior to detonation, police said. Just before the bomb went off, the recording switched to Petula Clark’s classic sixties song, “Downtown.”
Warner, a self-employed computer tech, was described as a “loner” by those who knew him.
“You know, he was a techie guy,” Realtor Steve Fridrich told WSMV-TV.
Fridich hired Warner years ago for information technology work. He described him as a “nice guy.”
“He would do his thing and leave,” Fridich explained. “He didn't bother anybody.”
In 2019, Warner’s girlfriend reportedly notified police that Warner was “building bombs” in his R.V. However, law enforcement was unable to make contact with the 54-year-old or see into the recreational vehicle.
“They saw no evidence of a crime and had no authority to enter his home or fenced property,” Don Aaron, Metropolitan Nashville Police Department spokesman, told the Tennessean.
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