An alleged manifesto of sorts purportedly belonging to accused Charleston killer Dylann Storm Roof surfaced Saturday on the Internet.
The manifesto is laden with racially inflammatory language.
Whether he wrote or posted the text himself is unverified as yet.
But there are fresh photographs that appear to be Roof.
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The writer also describes why Charleston was chosen for the attacks.
“I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.”
In nearly all the photographs where his face is visible, Roof is serious and unsmiling.
In one photograph, he is sitting on a stool in a garden, surrounded by flowers, holding a Confederate flag in one hand and a .45 caliber handgun in the other.
Another photo is a closeup of a .45 caliber pistol and brass-colored bullets. The gun is similar to the one said to have been used in the executions of the nine African-American church members in Charleston last week.
In another photo, Roof is shown in a beach scene with the numbers “1488” written in the sand. In that photo, the “1” is partially obscured by a wave. In another photo, however, the numbers “1488” are visibly written in the sand above the wave line.
According to the Anti-Defamation League and other sources, the number “14” is a reference to what white supremacists call “the 14 words.” Those words are, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children” – words attributed to George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party.
The number “88” is shorthand for Heil Hitler – H being the eighth letter of the alphabet, according to the Anti-Defamation League and others.
In what appears to be a chilling 2,000-plus word manifesto, Roof tells why he believes African-Americans are inferior to whites, how they were happy when they lived under slavery and how whites need to take the country back. Blacks are “the biggest problem of America,” he writes.
Roof also targets Jews and Hispanics, writing of Hispanics that even though many are white, “They are still our enemies.” Of Jews, Roof writes, they are responsible for “agitation of the black race.”
As for patriotism, Roof writes, “I hate the sight of the American flag.”
Roof began to think about racial matters, he writes, after hearing about the 2012 incident in which George Zimmerman, a mixed-race Hispanic man, shot and killed a 14-year-old black youth, Trayvon Martin, at a gated community in Florida. Zimmerman was tried and found not guilty of second-degree murder.
After researching crimes that African-Americans commit against whites, Roof writes, he came to the conclusion that he had to go to Charleston.
Roof said he didn’t want “to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight.”
Consequently, as the world now knows, he shot African-American men, women and at least one child during a prayer group gathering at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
Some of the photos on the website, such as one of him pointing a handgun at the camera, Roof could have taken himself. Others, such as him kneeling on a beach, might have been taken by someone else currently unknown.
One image shows him at what appears to be a Lowcountry plantation. He is standing next to what could be educational African-American mannequins dressed in Colonial period costumes.
In another photo, a shirtless young man who is apparently Roof (his face is not part of the photo) stands on top of a rumpled American flag lying on a bedroom floor.
In another photo, Roof, wearing sunglasses, is photographed standing outside the Museum and Library of Confederate History, which is in Greenville. Confederate flags are in the background. The museum is a repository of Confederate history and contains exhibits of clothing, money, weapons and other items from that era.
The FBI is aware of the website, the agency said in a statement released just before 7 p.m. Supervisory Special Agent Donald A. Wood of Columbia said agents are working to verify the authenticity of the postings.
The website The Daily Beast is reporting that Emma Quangel, the nom de guerre of writer and Twitter user @EMQuangel, discovered the website that appears to contain Roof’s manifesto.
The Daily Beast reports that the search began at 8:03 a.m. Saturday after Twitter user @HenryKrinkle, the pen name of a political blogger, pointed his followers to records of a website registered in Roof’s name. Quangel, a follower of @HenryKrinkle, tracked it down.
Internet registry records show that the website was created on Feb. 9 via a Russian registry service with the owner’s personal details hidden, according to the Associated Press. A man who answered the phone at the Moscow-based company would not say who the site’s owner was.