Navy Shooter's Note Blames Radio Wave 'Torment'
Aaron Alexis said 'ultra low frequency attack' drove him to shooting spree
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2013 4:21 PM CDT
This image from video provided by the FBI shows Aaron Alexis moving through a Navy Yard building.   (AP Photo/FBI)

(Newser) – In addition to releasing surveillance video of Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis creeping through hallways during his attack, the FBI revealed that Alexis left a note of sorts. “An ultra low frequency attack is what I’ve been subject to for the last three months, and to be perfectly honest, that is what has driven me to this," said the message found either on his laptop or another electronic device, reports USA Today. It meshes with his complaint to police a month before the shooting that assailants were attacking him with a "microwave machine."

It also seems to explain a message he had carved or scratched onto his gun calling it his "ELF weapon," an apparent reference to "extremely low frequency" waves. Other messages included "End to the torment!" “not what y’all say," and “better off this way." FBI official Valerie Parlave said it was clear from other writings that Alexis planned to die during his siege, reports the Washington Post. She added that on the Friday before the shooting spree, Alexis had discussed some kind of a performance issue with his boss or bosses, but that it didn't appear he targeted anyone from his job.

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Sep 26, 2013 8:04 PM CDT
Sep 25, 2013 10:26 PM CDT
Entirely possible Aaron Alexis was right about hearing things from impinging microwave oven energy. On the backside of any microwave oven it gives an RF frequency of 2450 MHz for a wavelength of 4.82" which is about the distance between a person's cochlear microphonic system (ear mechanism) so resonance perception could be present as noted in JuneBug's ref below where clicks, pops, buzzing, R2B heard- "One study (in 1975) using human volunteers, identilied the threshold energy of microwave-auditory responses in humans as a function of Pulse Width for 2450 MHz radio ftequency (microwave oven frequency)"
Sep 25, 2013 9:30 PM CDT
Radio waves made him nutty? Let that be a warning to people who watch CNN news.