4-page letter outlines frustration, hatred of 'liberal movement'
By Hayes Hickman (Contact), Don Jacobs (Contact)
Originally published 07:44 a.m., July 28, 2008
Police found right-wing political books, brass knuckles, empty shotgun
shell boxes and a handgun in the Powell home of a man who said he
attacked a church in order to kill liberals "who are ruining the
country," court records show.
Knoxville police Sunday evening searched the Levy Drive home of Jim
David Adkisson after he allegedly entered the Tennessee Valley Unitarian
Universalist Church and killed two people and wounded six others during
the presentation of a children's musical.
Knoxville Police Department Officer Steve Still requested the search
warrant after interviewing Adkisson. who was subdued by several church
members after firing three rounds from a 12-gauge shotgun into the
Adkisson targeted the church, Still wrote in the document obtained by
WBIR-TV, Channel 10, "because of its liberal teachings and his belief
that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the
country, and that he felt that the Democrats had tied his country's
hands in the war on terror and they had ruined every institution in
America with the aid of media outlets."
Adkisson told Still that "he could not get to the leaders of the liberal
movement that he would then target those that had voted them in to
Adkisson told officers he left the house unlocked for them because "he
expected to be killed during the assault."
Inside the house, officers found "Liberalism is a Mental Health
Disorder" by radio talk show host Michael Savage, "Let Freedom Ring" by
talk show host Sean Hannity, and "The O'Reilly Factor," by television
talk show host Bill O'Reilly.
The shotgun-wielding suspect in Sunday's mass shooting at the Tennessee
Valley Unitarian Universalist Church was motivated by a hatred of "the
liberal movement," and he planned to shoot until police shot him,
Knoxville Police Chief Sterling P. Owen IV said this morning.
Adkisson, 58, of Powell wrote a four-page letter in which he stated his
"hatred of the liberal movement," Owen said. "Liberals in general, as
well as gays."
Adkisson said he also was frustrated about not being able to obtain a
job, Owen said.
The letter, recovered from Adkisson's black 2004 Ford Escape, which was
parked in the church's parking lot at 2931 Kingston Pike, indicates he
had been planning the shooting for about a week.
"He fully expected to be killed by the responding police," the police
Owen said Adkisson specifically targeted the church for its beliefs,
rather than a particular member of the congregation.
"It appears that church had received some publicity regarding its
liberal stance," the chief said. The church has a "gays welcome" sign
and regularly runs announcements in the News Sentinel about meetings of
the Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays meetings at the
Owen said Adkisson's stated hatred of the liberal movement was not
necessarily connected to any hostility toward Christianity or religion
per say, but rather the political advocacy of the church.
The church's Web site states that it has worked for "desegregation,
racial harmony, fair wages, women's rights and gay rights" since the
1950s. Current ministries involve emergency aid for the needy, school
tutoring and support for the homeless, as well as a cafe that provides a
gathering place for gay and lesbian high-schoolers.
Adkisson does not appear to be a member of any church himself, Owen
"In his written statement, he does not ascribe to any affiliation," the
chief said. "It does not appear he's a member of any organized group."
Officers recovered 76 shells for a 12-gauge, semiautomatic shotgun
inside the church. Among those shells were three spent rounds. He had
carried the shotgun inside the church in a guitar case, Owen said.
"He certainly intended to take a lot of casualties," the chief said.
Adkisson is accused of killing two people and injuring seven others. He
is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Greg McKendry, 60.
Also killed in the shooting was Linda Kraeger, 61, who was visiting the
church from Westside Unitarian Universalist Church.
Injured were Joe Barnhart, 76, and Jack Barnhart, 69, who are brothers;
Betty Barnhart, 71; Linda Chavez, 41; John Worth Jr., 68; Tammy Sommers,
38; and Allison Lee, 42. Jack and Joe Barnhart are brothers, and Jack
and Betty Barnhart are married.
At about 10:25 a.m., two staffers from Second Presbyterian Church next
door, placed a large flower arrangement from their church's sanctuary
atop TVUUC's sign along Kingston Pike.
"Our hearts go out to this church. This is our community. We love these
people," said Julie Lothrop, assistant to the pastor.
The shooting began at 10:18 a.m. Adkisson was arrested minutes later
after being restrained by church members.
Three of those wounded remain in critical or serious condition at the
University of Tennessee Medical Center. Two others were treated at a
local hospital and released. One of those suffered an injury when
trampled as worshippers left the church.
The letter was not addressed to anyone but was signed by Adkisson, Owen
Adkisson's criminal history includes a DUI in Calfornia and in Clinton.
He had been a member of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne, according to
Public Defender Mark Stephens' office has been appointed to represent
Through a spokeswoman this morning, Stephens said he could not comment.
If the suspect's own resume is accurate, Owen said, Adkisson worked in a
variety of places across the country and most recently worked in
Knoxville in 2006. The chief did not specify where Adkisson last held a
job. Adkisson also holds an associates degree in mechanical engineering.
More than 200 people were packed into the church's sanctuary watching
the children's musical, "Annie Jr." when a gunman opened fire.
McKendry, according to witnesses and police, confronted Adkisson, who
shot him with a 12-gauge shotgun.
Witness Barbara Kemper said Adkisson walked past the area where children
were awaiting their stage call and into the sanctuary.
Witnesses said Adkisson did not aim the shotgun at children but focused
on the pews filled with adults. The first blast left many wondering if
the disabling boom was part of the musical program.
"We heard the first shot," said Marty Murphy, 66, a church member since
2000. "It sounded like a bomb went off. We thought it was part of the
program at first.
"The second shot is when everyone started calling 911 and telling
everyone to get down."
Murphy and others said Adkisson didn't say a thing before he began
firing. Kemper, however, said Adkisson was yelling "something hateful."
Witnesses said Adkisson had a fanny pack around his waist that contained
extra shells for his shotgun.
"There were shotgun shells all over the place, so he must have thought
he was going to get more shots in," Murphy said. "He had those shells
"Who would have thought, here in Knoxville?" she said.
WEBSITE: http://www.jackanapes.ws/ FORUM: http://www.voy.com/20630/
Man is certainly stark mad. He can=3Ft make a flea
~ but makes gods by the dozen. ~ Montaigne, 1588
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Mustn't give our esteemed and insane young cardiologist
On second thought, scratch the "mustn't."
Am I that obvious?
Well, in that case:
That's pretty powerful video (and an assault on the ears) that will sow
some very dangerous seeds in Chung's Id. We already know that he wants
revenge on society for rejecting him, and revenge for the nightclub
enema the cops gave him. That's a powerful combo in the unstable mind of
Mr. Chung. Next he'll be loading his magazines with the handmade rounds
that he so carefully made and inserting them in his Internet bought AK-
47. Dressed as a Ninja he'll be heading to McDeath's for a Big-Mac
I have long thought that the main difference between the parties was
economic, and to an extent, I still do. However, surveys have
suggested there is a cultural difference between republicans and
democrats. Democrats tend more (on the average) to be non-white, non-
Christian, and non-English ethnic. They also tend to be non-
fundamentalist and non-evangelical, and to be less educated and less
wealthy. (So much for elitism.)
This is a tendency, not a majority. I personally fit the republican
profile moreso, except for being non-fundie and less wealthy.
That's the man-on-the-street profile, and doesn't apply so much to
leadership or contributors, and results from the coalition the
republicans have put together on wedge issues, with an implied
"support my issue and I'll support yours," though "my issue" is played
The republican leadership and especially contributors are more
interested in taxation and withdrawal from social issues that cost
money. Democrats have been backed into a corner, and must look to
interest groups squeezed out by the republicans, and must take the
opposite positions on wedge issues, in order to capture those votes.
Thus we have the culture war.
Meanwhile, UU's support what they do because they believe in what they
support. Thus, we're getting the blame for political conflicts,
though we are few in number. The guy couldn't have changed the
outcome of an election if he'd killed all UU's.
Then I shouldn't post links such as:
I can't believe that I had to verify my age to see one of the most
important films of the 20th century. Every schoolchild should be shown
this movie as a rite of passage.
Ran into Brandon Cruz (or someone who said he was) on
alt.fan.jello.biafra a few years back. Told him it was an
*honor* to have been slapped by Jody Foster.
Here's another for Chung:
[CLEANED UP THIS POST A BIT]
> > > > > Well, in that case:
> > > > >http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9PJGnZO6KE
> > > > That's pretty powerful video (and an assault on the ears) that will sow
> > > > some very dangerous seeds in Chung's Id. We already know that he wants
> > > > revenge on society for rejecting him, and revenge for the nightclub
> > > > enema the cops gave him. That's a powerful combo in the unstable mind of
> > > > Mr. Chung. Next he'll be loading his magazines with the handmade rounds
> > > > that he so carefully made and inserting them in his Internet bought AK-
> > > > 47. Dressed as a Ninja he'll be heading to McDeath's for a Big-Mac
> > > > attack.
> > > Then I shouldn't post links such as:
> > >http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUvZPugsezY
> > I can't believe that I had to verify my age to see one of the most
> > important films of the 20th century. Every schoolchild should be shown
> > this movie as a rite of passage.
> Ran into Brandon Cruz (or someone who said he was) on
> alt.fan.jello.biafra a few years back. Told him it was an
> *honor* to have been slapped by Jody Foster.
Once again you've stumped me. Why was he slapped by Jody Foster? Was e
unaware that she's lesbian and drunkenly grabbed her boob?
> Here's another for Chung:
You may be onto something here. Chung managed to go through school and
get a doctorate. He had to have been functioning in realty to accomplish
this difficult task - many fail at it. But as soon as he gets his first
job he goes wacky and melts down, and becomes increasingly paranoid,
losing his first & only job.
What made him go nuts and throw away his career? Did the stress from all
that schooling take it's toll on his fragile mind? Or is he another
Charles Whitman in the making? When they cracked open Charlie's noggin
they found a brain tumor - does our increasingly erratic friend Andy
have a little nugget slowly growing amongst his once zippy synapses? His
behavior fits that of someone going through the beginning stages of
schizophrenia - or - that of someone with a brain tumor.
Brandon was little Eddie on The Courtship of Eddie's
Father. One of the more (if not the most) famous
episodes has him KO'd by a tomboy, played by
a preteen Jody Foster.
> > Here's another for Chung:
> You may be onto something here. Chung managed to go through school and
> get a doctorate. He had to have been functioning in realty to accomplish
> this difficult task - many fail at it. But as soon as he gets his first
> job he goes wacky and melts down, and becomes increasingly paranoid,
> losing his first & only job.
> What made him go nuts and throw away his career? Did the stress from all
> that schooling take it's toll on his fragile mind? Or is he another
> Charles Whitman in the making? When they cracked open Charlie's noggin
> they found a brain tumor - does our increasingly erratic friend Andy
> have a little nugget slowly growing amongst his once zippy synapses? His
> behavior fits that of someone going through the beginning stages of
> schizophrenia - or - that of someone with a brain tumor.
When did it all go down the toilet? Schizophrenia generally
strikes between late adolescence and early adulthood.
TBI, temporal focus.
> > What made him go nuts and throw away his career?
> Not throw it away, added to it,
> for lack of mental gratification?
> Did the stress from all
> > that schooling take it's toll on his fragile mind?
> A brilliant (beautiful) mind.
He may have once possessed a brilliant mind, but it's no longer
beautiful - it's full of hate, bile, and revenge. Chung does *not* peach
forgiveness a Jesus instructed him to do. Chung reveled in the death of
another human being - Joe Pasterno - and after Joe's death Chung posted
messages of hate to Joe's surviving wife. Messages that Joe was burning
in Hell and that he himself - with the help of the Holy Spirit - were
the agents of Joe's demise. Does this sound like the behaviour of a
beautiful mind? Does this sound like the consolation that a Christian
gives to another person who is suffering from their loved-one's death?
Does this sound like behaviour of a follower of Jesus Christ?
> Or is he another
> > Charles Whitman in the making?
No tower tall enough in Atlanta?
> When they cracked open Charlie's noggin
> > they found a brain tumor - does our increasingly erratic friend Andy
> > have a little nugget slowly growing amongst his once zippy synapses? His
> > behavior fits that of someone going through the beginning stages of
> > schizophrenia - or - that of someone with a brain tumor.
> - or - hyper religiosity.
Oh he's defiantly showing signs of hyper religiosity, what we are trying
to flesh out is what cased it.