Skip to comments.NIU shooter took steps to thwart probe, police say
Posted on 02/21/2008 8:47:38 AM PST by Deo volente
CHICAGO - Police think the graduate student who shot and killed five students last week at Northern Illinois University took steps to thwart investigators trying to figure out why he did it.
In addition to removing the hard drive from his laptop computer, Steven Kazmierczak also removed the SIM card - a key computer chip - from his cell phone, a police source said.
Police also said his former girlfriend gave a different account to police than she did in an interview with CNN about Kazmierczak's final weeks.
The result is police still do not have a theory as to why Kazmierczak opened fire on the crowded lecture hall.
"That's the one thing I want to know more than anything is motive," Northern Illinois University Police Chief Donald Grady said yesterday. "We don't have anything to know or even begin to assume a motive yet."
Among the other unanswered questions are why Kazmierczak targeted that particular building and class, and why he carried out the massacre on Valentine's Day, Grady said. There were no clues in the note or package he sent his former girlfriend shortly before the attack.
"He didn't tell people what he was going to do," he said. "And he took steps to thwart any investigation."
Kazmierczak's computer has been turned over to the FBI, said Joe Cullen, DeKalb County first assistant state's attorney. Authorities also plan to get a search warrant for Kazmierczak's cell phone, Cullen said.
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Any connection between this event and the classic movie “The St. Valentines Massacre”?
Maybe the investigators’ time would be better spent building cases against live defendants? This perp is dead. Who could ever understand why he did what he did? It’s not as if there could be any plausible reason for it.
All they are going to find on those things is that this slime was a frustrated, un-desirable, that will have a lot of pornography in there somewhere...
i.e.: “former girlfriend”...
Prozac is the only thing here not mentioned as a probable reason for the mood of the killer. I think prozac should be better regulated to protect citizens from walking nutjobs.
Exactly. The less emphasis on the shooter(s), the better.
Are still still calling him the chief suspect in this attack?
Always bugs me when the media says “and the suspect killed himself at the scene”. In the absence of a trial he’ll forever be a “suspect” but with all of the witnesses who know who the perp was.
He was a social justice major, we should start legislation to end the cycle of violence that is bred in the academic halls of social justice departments.
I believe the Prozac issue here was that he had stopped taking it a few days before the shooting. Arguably this wouldn’t have happened had he stayed on his meds?
I think people who are prescribed psychoactive drug after criminal prosecution (and some of these cases have been such people) are CRININALLY INSANE. They should not be permitted to roam freely about. Get a family member to be their appoitned guardian if they are to remain “free” and keep them confined under house “arrest” (leg bracelet monitored).
They are not functional in society.
The pills don’t always do the trick, especially when they stop taking them for awhile.
Sounds like a guardian should’ve been making him take his meds in front of him/her every day.
Barring that, institutionalize him to keep him on his little pill cup.
If mind controlling drugs are required to keep a walking time bomb from exploding, then I would believe it critical that the patients doses be physically monorored rather than being put on the honor system.
Just because someone is getting treatment or therapy does not automatically make them safe on the streets. The Prescribing doctor has a responsibility in this as well.
That would explain the reports of him familiarizing himself with Palestinian terr groups and learning Arabic.
Madness does not have a reason, or motive, though it may have a goal.
This happened when he STOPPED taking his Prozac, because his idiot girlfriend persuaded him to. He had spent time in a psych hospital in the past and probably should have been kept there, but Prozac isn’t the problem other than the fact that excessive faith is placed in it as an alternative to lock-up.
The girlfriend was taking a class on serial killers, if you can believe that!
He sent her a couple of textbooks on the subject along with a copy of Nietzsche’s “The Antichrist”.
Nice young man...NOT!
They should instead investigate why grown adult students are prevented by university “authorities” from carrying the most effective tools for defending themselves while those authorities know that they can not guarantee the students’ safety, and instead provide an environment that has been proven to attract violent crime.