On Monday, 17-year-old Jeff Weise went on a rampage, shooting to death his grandfather and the grandfather's companion, then invading his school on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Armed with two pistols and a shotgun, he killed nine people and wounded seven before shooting himself to death in the nation's bloodiest school shooting since Columbine High in Colorado six years ago.First of all I would like to extend my sympathies to all those involved in this terrible incident.
A long time school friend of mine has just sent me the following email, It contains links to a film, Jeff Weise made and posted on the internet as he states in the email the film is very graphic and in the circumstances, I would go as far to say autobiographical.
If you or any member of your family has been touched by the tragedy I would NOT recommend you watch the film.
No doubt you’ve all heard the tragic news of yet another teenage shooting rampage in the US.
Well it turns out that he used to post regularly on www.Homepageofthedead.com a website that I used visit on a regular basis. I actually have spoken to his kid in the chat room supported by the site. I've never doubted that there are some strange people on the site... a lot of far right wing nutters attracted by the survivalist image of zombie films.
It seems he had a rather unhappy life… the sites owner brought up some of his old P.Ms (private messages). I was going to attach them to this message but I thought it was a little unethical (if you want to read them visit the site). Suffice to say it is the all too frequent story of abusive and alcoholic parents, lack of friends and the general feeling of being a loner.
It’s quite disturbing reading them… knowing what happened… and while I'll never be able to understand what would drive someone to taking other people lives I could see why he would have wanted to end his own.
While this article does not mention HPOTD directly it does mention some other zombie sites.
If you want to see something really disturbing follow this link http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/195194 it is a flash animation by Jeff Weise/Blades11. I will warn you now, it’s not very nice.
There have been a bunch of people signing up to the site, a few people claiming to be reporters wanting information…
If you would like to read some of his personal messages to others on the Homepage of the dead forum they can be read here.
The personal messages from the homepage of the dead have now been taken down due to intense media intrest, Here is a copy.....
Location: London, UK
Subject: I've backed up recent/old forums/PMs... Date: Today 02:54:03
His posts on the forum I could find were always straight laced etc...
However, if you look at this article - http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=605013&page=1
In one posting, he criticized interracial mixing on the reservation and slammed fellow Indian teens for listening to rap music. "We have kids my age killing each other over things as simple as a fight, and it's because of the rap influence," he wrote.
Checking thru his details, he used an email address of "firstname.lastname@example.org" once...
Looks like he had a really f***ed up childhood. Here are a few comments he made in PMs:-
I have friends, but I'm basically a loner inside a group of loners. Most of my friends don't know the real me, I've never shared my past with anyone, and I've never talked about it with anyone. I'm excluded from anything and everything they do, I'm never invited, I don't even know why they consider me a friend or I them...
My mom used to abuse me alot when I was little. She would hit me with anything she could get her hands on, she used to drink excessively too. She would tell me I was a mistake, and she would say so many things that its hard to deal with them or think of them without crying.
My mom got drunk one night and wrecked her car and had to relearn how to tie her shoes, I was too young to fight back or too young to stick up for myself without getting struck down when this was happening.
However, nothing can justify the pain and suffering he has put others though.
Jef Weise also had a blog with livejournal, However it only contains three entries.