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Austin Serial Bomber Described Self as ‘Psychopath’ with No Remorse

Serial bomber Mark Conditt was captured on surveillance mailing two bomb-laden packages.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The Austin serial bomber who terrorized the Texas capital in a spate of explosions that killed two people and wounded five others described himself in a cell phone recording as a “psychopath” who felt no remorse.

“I was I were sorry but I am not,” Mark Conditt said in a recording found on his cell phone after he blew himself up with a bomb early Wednesday morning, the Austin Statesman reports, citing sources familiar with the so-called “confession.”

The 23-year-old, who said he’s been disturbed since childhood, pledged to blow himself up if authorities closed in on him.

The 28-minute recording, which police have declined to release because they’re using it as evidence, offered no clues about Conditt’s motives or how he chose his victims.

Authorities suspect there were more recordings stored on his laptop, which was destroyed in the explosion.

In the recording, Conditt said he regretted going into a FedEx store in suburban Austin to mail two homemade bombs because he and his red pickup truck were captured on surveillance videos, which helped authorities identify him.

Police believe the recording was made at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, about five hours before police tracked him down behind a motel in suburban Austin.

Police: Serial Bombing Suspect Was Troubled But Not Motivated by Hate

Serial bombing suspect Mark Conditt.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The unemployed 23-year-old who blew himself up after authorities said he was behind a spate of violent explosions that terrorized the Texas capital for three weeks was not motivated by hate, according to interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley.

Rather, the serial bombing suspect, Mark Conditt, who was home-schooled and dropped out of community college, was acting out because he was struggling to adjust to adulthood, Manley said after investigators watched a 25-minute cell phone video “confession.”

“He does not at all mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate,” Manley told the Austin Statesman.“But instead it is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life.”

Police have not yet released the video or disclosed in detail what Conditt said in the confession.

Conditt’s alleged reign of terror, which included four package bombs that detonated in Austin and killed two people and injured several others, ended early Wednesday morning with a brief police chase that resulted in Conditt detonating a homemade bomb in his red pickup truck, killing himself and injuring a police officer.

Suspected Serial Bomber Blows Self Up Following Police Chase

Interim Police Chief Brian Manley speaks to the media just hours after the suspected serial bomber was killed.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The suspected serial bomber who has terrorized Austin, Texas, in a deadly string of explosions this month blew himself up in his car after a brief police pursuit early Wednesday morning, local and federal law enforcement officials told reporters at 6 a.m.

An Austin police officer suffered minor injuries in the explosion.

Acting on numerous tips, authorities tracked down the 24-year-old white man in a car in the rear of a hotel along Interstate 35 in the Austin suburb of Round Rock.

While police waited for ballistic vehicles to arrive, the suspect drove off, prompting a brief chase that ended when the suspect stopped in a ditch on the side of the road. As the SWAT team approached, the suspect detonated a bomb, injuring one officer and prompting another to fire his weapon.

The suspect, who was gravely injured, was struck with a bullet and died said Austin Interim Police Chief Brian Manley. 

Authorities warned residents that more bombs may be planted in the city or en route to homes from mail facilities.

Police also said it’s not yet clear whether the suspect had an accomplice.

The suspect is accused of planting four bombs in packages in Austin, killing two people and injuring four others.

Manley said the suspect also is responsible for a package bomb that exploded at a FedEx near San Antonio, and officials said it was intended to be delivered to Austin.

Earlier this week, police suggested the serial bombings were racially motivated and targeted people of color. But police have backed off that theory.

“We do not understand what motivated him to do what he did,” Manley said.

Another Explosion in Austin Tuesday Night After 2 More Package Bombs Found in Central Texas

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Yet another explosion rattled Austin Tuesday night as hundreds of local and federal investigators continue their frantic search for a suspected serial bomber responsible for at least four attacks that have killed two people and injured four others since March 2.

The latest explosion comes on the same day that authorities were investigating the discovery of two package bombs at FedEx facilities in Austin and nearby Schertz.

At 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, Austin fire officials said the were “on scene at a reported package explosion” at a Goodwill store where a man in his 30s was seriously injured.

But about an hour later, the Austin Police Department said the explosion didn’t appear to be connected to the other bombings that have terrified the Texas capital.

“Items inside package was not a bomb, rather an incendiary device,” police tweeted. “At this time, we have no reason to believe this incident is related to previous package bombs.”

Investigators believe two package bombs found earlier in the day at two separate FedEx facilities were connected to the suspected serial bomber. The first package exploded early in the morning in Schertz, about an hour from Austin, and a second was found with an undetonated bomb later in the day in Austin.   

Update 10:40 p.m.: Police held a news conference to address the Goodwill explosion.

  • Neighbor Provides Surveillance Video of Third Package Explosion in Austin

    By Steve Neavling
    Ticklethewire.com

    The FBI has surveillance footage of what authorities believe is the third package bomb to explode in Austin, Texas, since March 2.

    After the third blast critically injured a 75-year-old woman around noon on Monday, a neighbor turned over surveillance video to the FBI.

    Richard Rodriguez, who lives one block from the third package explosion, said he hopes the surveillance will help investigators track down the suspect.

    “If it was my grandmother I would want them to help, so that’s why I did it,” Rodriguez told Fox 7. “If it does, that’s great but if not, hopefully it leads to at least some clue…a car or person walking or something. But, I hope they, you know, find somebody because it just wasn’t right.”

    Police believe the package was placed on the front doorsteps of the elderly woman’s home. The bomb detonated when she picks it up, causing serious injuries.

    Each of the first two package bombs killed the person who tried to open it.

    Police believe the same person or people are behind the package attacks.

    The FBI and ATF are assisting local police.

    FBI: Right-Wing Extremist Planning Mass Shooting in Texas Was Arrested

    austin pdBy Steve Neavling
    ticklethewire.com

    Federal authorities believe they may have prevented a right-wing extremist from carrying out a mass shooting in Austin, Texas, this month.

    Steven Thomas Boehle, 50, was arrested after Austin police raided a North Austin residence where he had been staying, MyStatesman.com reports. 

    The FBI turned up three guns and about 1,100 rounds of ammunition.

    An affidavit says a confidential source told the FBI that Boehle “exhibits sovereign citizen extremism ideology.”

    Boehle has been charged with making a false statement about trying to buy a firearm. He is barred from buying firearms because of a previous assault conviction in Connecticut.

    Austin Murder Suspect Arrested on Charges of 1983 Murder

    Robert Francis Van Wisse

    Robert Francis Van Wisse

    By Steve Neavling
    ticklethewire.com

    More than 20 years after he was charged with murdering University of Texas student Laurie Stout in 1983, Robert Francis Van Wisse surrendered to officials at the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday.

    Wise was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted list in December.

    “If he committed a brutal murder like this in 1983, he is very, very able to commit a murder again,” FBI Special Agent Christopher Combs said when the agency put him on the list last month, with a $100,000 reward, UPI reports

    Stout was a 22-year-old mother and late-night janitor who was sexually assaulted and then killed in a men’s restroom at an office building in Austin.

    Van Wisse wasn’t charged until 1996 because of “outdated methods of DNA analysis and mismanaged records.”

    Van Wisse is in custody at the Travis County Jail in Texas.

    Tex Man Posing as FBI Agent Pulled Over at Least One Motorist

    By Allan Lengel
    ticklethewire.com

    For some citizens, it might be fun to fantasize about what it would be like to be an FBI agent.  The key is to leave it at just that: a fantasy.  That didn’t happen in Austin, Tex.

    Police there are trying to find out about anyone who might have been pulled over in traffic by Armanda Rodriguez, who was impersonating an FBI agent, according to YNN News.

    YNN News reports that officers pulled the 31-year-old over in black Ford Expedition outfitted with flashing lights.

    At the time, he was attempting to pull over another driver. YNN reported that he made “suspicious comments” to the officer and he was portraying himself as an undercover FBI agent. Officers found fictitious FBI credentials and a badge.

    A subsequent search of the apartment turned up more FBI and CIA credentials, military credentials, Marine Corps uniform, handcuffs and a pistol, YNN reported.