‘We have a mentally unstable person in the class that scares the living cr** out of me. He is one of those whose picture you see on the news, after he has come into class with an automatic weapon. Everyone interviewed would say, Yeah, he was in my math class and he was really weird. I sit by the door with my purse handy. If you see it on the news one night, know that I got out fast…’
Loughner was finally suspended last year after posting a series of rambling outbursts on the internet, calling his teachers illiterate ‘con artists’ and his college a ‘torture facility’.
Loughner has refused to co-operate since his arrest but police said today they believed he acted entirely alone in his killing spree.
The FBI has seized his computer and is studying the incoherent messages about political revolution he left on websites including MySpace and YouTube.
One message, marked ‘Goodbye’, was posted only hours before the attack on Gabrielle Giffords. At about 5am on Saturday, he wrote: ‘Goodbye… Dear friends… Please don’t be mad at me.
‘The literacy rate is below 5%. I haven’t talked to one person who is literate. I want to make it out alive.