Austin bomber showed no remorse, referred to himself as a psychopath

The Austin serial bomber who blew himself up last week as police closed in on him left behind a 25-minute confession video shot on his cell-phone. That phone survived the final blast and is now in police custody. Rep. Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, appeared on Fox News and described some of what the bomber said shortly before he died.

“On that cell phone was the confession tape, 25-minute video, shows absolutely no remorse for what he did, killing these innocent victims and wounding so many more,” McCaul said. He continued, “He said I wish I was sorry but I’m not. He refers to himself as a psychopath, that I’ve been a sociopath all my life. And then, even more chilling, at the end he says that maybe I should just blow myself up in a McDonald’s and end the whole thing.

“That’s where he was headed. We know that there was also a list of addresses that he had that were potential targets in the future…So this guy is clearly disturbed. You know one out of 100 people, according to FBI behavioral scientists, are sociopaths, which means they have no conscience. They have no remorse. They can commit acts of murder and feel absolutely no guilt associated with that.”

Rep. McCaul went on to say that one of the bomber’s two roommates is still being questioned. From Fox News:

“If you have knowledge of someone doing something like this, making bombs, and bombing the community and terrorizing the community, you have an obligation, a duty to report that,” McCaul said. “If not, you have knowledge and you’re complicit with the conspiracy. When we talk about ongoing investigation, even though the operation center is wound down at this point, what is continuing at this point is the questioning of the roommate.”

He added that authorities are now looking at “all the evidence” at the home.

“He did construct these bombs in the home, we know that much, we know they had to bring in robot to dismantle and take out bomb making materials, and the question is, did the roommate know he was making these bombs at the time for the last month when all these bombings were taking place?”

Asked if the roommate was considered a suspect, Rep. McCaul responded, “I would say a person of interest.”

Finally, Bill Hemmer says in this clip, based on a statement at a previous press conference by Rep. McCaul, that the bomber did not mention race or religion in his confession video. Because the first victims were African American, there was lots of speculation early on that this might be a racially motivated crime. But it seems that wasn’t the case. This person was apparently a psychopath looking to kill indiscriminately.