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Austin Bomber Called Himself A Psychopath In His Confessional
Mark Anthony Conditt allegedly said in his confessional that he would blow himself up in a McDonalds if police closed in on him.
Details about the confessional that the alleged Austin Texas bomber left are emerging and they are painting a picture of a disturbed and remorseless alleged killer.
Mark Anthony Conditt allegedly terrorized Texas with package bombs for 19 days, including at least five explosions resulting in the deaths of two victims, before he blew himself up last week. In a video confessional he recorded, he referred to himself as a psychopath. He added that he felt no remorse for his actions, according to U.S. congressman (R-Austin) and House Homeland Security Committee Chair Michael McCaul, CBS News reported.
"He did refer to himself as a psychopath. He did not show any remorse, in fact questioning himself for why he didn't feel any remorse for what he did," McCaul said.
In that confessional, which is 25 minutes, long, Conditt also allegedly said he would blow himself up inside a crowded McDonald's if police closed in on him. In reality, he detonated an explosive inside his car after a SWAT team tried to pull him over and arrest him on the shoulder of a highway.
“I wish I were sorry, but I am not,” Conditt allegedly said on his confessional, according to The Statesmen in Austin.
Lawmakers are now considering creating a domestic terrorism charge in light of the bombings which terrorized Texas, according to The Statesmen. Currently, only international terrorism is defined under the federal statute.
“We simply have a definition that the FBI can open up the case under domestic terrorism,” McCaul said. “That is something we’ll be looking at […] whether domestic terrorism could be turned into a charge rather than just a definition.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott avoided using the word “terrorist” to describe Conditt during an interview with Fox News. He said, “The definition of a terrorist is more the mindset of the person who committed the crime. Was his goal to terrorize or did he have some other type of agenda?”
The White House has also dodged the term “terrorist.” Many on Twitter has been critical of the media and politicians' avoidance of the term.