Jared Loughner Has Skull, Creepy Shrine in Backyard
A pot, filled with shriveled oranges, houses a skull replica
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 10, 2011 7:33 AM CST
Law enforcement officals stand across the street from the house of Jared L. Loughner Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 in Tucson, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Matt York)

(Newser) – As though Jared Lee Loughner didn’t already seem crazy enough, a strange shrine complete with a replica of a human skull has been found in his backyard. Inside a camouflage tent, Loughner has a small altar, atop which sits a pot filled with shriveled oranges, the skull replica, a row of candles, and a bag of potting soil, the New York Daily News reports. Experts tell the paper that the objects are common to many occult ceremonies.

Loughner was obsessed with lucid dreaming, the process of attempting to consciously control one’s dreams, one friend tells Mother Jones. “I saw his dream journal once. That’s the golden piece of evidence,” he says. “You want to know what goes on in Jared Loughner’s mind, there’s a dream journal that will tell you everything.” He also says that Loughner had been obsessed with Giffords ever since she failed to answer his question at a campaign event. “The question was, ‘What is government if words have no meaning?’ … I told him, ‘Dude, no one’s going to answer that.’”

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kriselda gray
Jan 11, 2011 10:35 AM CST
I saw a photograph of this so-called shrine. Unfortunately, I don't recall the URL, but in the picture, it showed a low wall like many people have around their patios, with a few items sitting on it. On one side, there was a half-full bag of potting soil like you'd buy at any gardening shop. Then there was a terra cotta bowl that had several oranges that had clearly been left out too long and were shrivelled and black and on top of the oranges was a cheesy plastic skull like someone might get as a Halloween decoration. Lastly, set over where the wall met the house, were a few of those white pillar candles that come in a tall class holder that you can get a most grocery stores. They were not arranged in any special way and looked simply like someone had set them off to the side. What I **didn't** see was anything that could be called a "shrine." For one thing, Shrines almost always have images or items of what- or who- ever is being venerated. It also didn't look like any occult altar I've ever seen (and I've seen quite a few.) Honestly, the candles and skull just look like leftover Halloween decorations, potting soil is something that can be commonly found in many back yards, and --- well, ya got me on the oranges. I have no idea what purpose those would have. But claiming that this group of objects somehow implies that Loughner might have been involved with the occult is something of a stretch, IMO.
Jan 11, 2011 6:19 AM CST
Well, I'm a voodoo chile Lord I'm a voodoo chile Well, the night I was born Lord I swear the moon turned a fire red The night I was born I swear the moon turned a fire red WELL MY POOR MOTHER CRIED OUT "lord, the gypsy was right!" AND I SEEN HER,FELL DOWN RIGHT DEAD (HAVE MERCY)............... YOU THINK YOU WERE LOSING YOUR MIND, HMMM... Well I float in liquid gardens And Arizona new red sand (YEAH) I FLOAT IN LIQUID GARDENS WAY DOWN IN ARIZONA RED SAND ........'CAUSE I'M A VOODOO CHILE LORD KNOWS I'M A VOODOO CHILE - Hendrix
Jan 10, 2011 11:34 AM CST
shriveled oranges? wtf?