Three pages from the long-awaited manifesto of the Nashville transgender person police say shot and killed six people at a Christian school, including three children, was posted online by commentator Steven Crowder Monday.
If authentic, the manifesto suggests common leftist rhetoric about racism and class privilege may have been motivation for the shootings.
It includes entries such as, “Wanna kill all you little crackers!!! Bunch of little f—-ts w/ your white privileges.”
The Daily Wire said it has authenticated the alleged manifesto, and reported that Crowder had previously authenticated the images before publication.
Audrey Hale, 28, who went by the male name “Aiden,” wrote a detailed action plan in a notebook, giving minute-by-minute descriptions of the plot, which Hale “hoped” would result in “a high death count,” according to the Crowder images.
The manifesto was dramatically titled “DEATH DAY” in capital letters, with what appears to be a radioactive symbol drawn between the two words.
On top of the symbol appears “DARK ABYS,” and then some illegible writing, along with a crude drawing of a gun and a target that appears to have holes in it.
The writing is dated “3/27/23,” the date of the shooting at Covenant Christian School, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Hale was at that time under care for an emotional disorder, and hid multiple guns in a red duffel bag used to transport the weapons to the scene, according to accounts by CNN.
Hale displayed class envy and hatred when writing in the manifesto: “Kill those kids!!!” and “going to fancy private schools with those fancy khakis + sports backpacks w/ their daddies mustangs + convertibles.”
Hale’s plan figured on 7-10 minutes before police would be able to respond and kill the shooter, according to images of the manifesto.
The unofficial release of the manifesto comes after months of authorities’ steadfast refusal to release details to the public, citing the possibility of copycat shootings.
Sixty members of the Republican caucus in the Tennessee Legislature asked the Nashville Police Department to release the manifesto, suggestion its contents could help them craft legislation to help prevent such shootings in the future.
Despite the clear leftist rhetoric contained in the images obtained by Crowder, the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit in Quantico, Virginia said publicly that the motive for the killings was unclear after it reviewed a copy of the manifesto, according to the Daily Mail.
The Hale family legally transferred ownership of the manifesto to the families of Covenant Christian School, who also wished to keep it private.
But First Amendment experts warned that stopping the publication of evidence of criminal wrongdoing, even after a killer was dead, would have a chilling effect on the public’s right to know about criminals and crime, the New York Post reported.
“If the courts do conclude that victims have a veto over the release of crime records, that would create a whole new equation in Tennessee about what the public gets to know about crime or even possibly criminal trials,” Deborah Fisher, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, told the Post.
“I can’t believe I am doing this, but I am ready…I hope my victims aren’t,” wrote Hale, near the end of the alleged manifesto.
Killed in the attack were: Katherine Koonce, 60; Mike Hill, 61; Cynthia Peak, 61; Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9; Hallie Scruggs, 9; and William Kinney, 9.
Hale said “[t]here were several times I could’ve been caught especially back in the summer 2021!” and signed the note: “ready to die ha ha Aiden”.