Washington: Wisconsin Sikh temple shooter, Wade Michael Page, grew up without his mom and learned racial hate without any help from family, a professor with close ties to the mass murderer has revealed.
University of Nebraska at Omaha criminology professor Pete Simi had met Page in 2001 while studying the racist music scene in Southern California, where Page was active.
Page, who ruthlessly killed six innocent Sikh worshippers on Sunday in Oak Crek, had told Simi in the early 2000s that his family had no responsibility for his attitude towards minorities.
“He said his parents did not share his beliefs,” New York Post quoted Simi, as saying. "He said he wasn't very close with his family. His parents divorced when he was fairly young and not long after that he said his mother died," Simi added.
Page was in the Army from 1992 to 1998, six years that apparently changed his life forever, Simi said.
"He once told me, 'If you don't go into the military as a racist, you definitely leave as one’," Simi said. "He also talked about meeting neo-Nazis in the military and being exposed to neo-Nazi literature while in the military," Simi added.
Simi said that by 2001, Page had already built up a ‘resume’ of racist tattoos, including a simple print of the number ‘14’. The ‘14’ number is a ‘boilerplate’ tattoo for racist, shorthand for the movement’s 14-word mantra: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."
First Published: Wednesday, August 08, 2012, 14:23