Vegas Shooter's Dad: I Begged Her Not to Marry Him

Millers left Indiana 'to fit in'

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 10, 2014 4:45 AM CDT | Updated Jun 10, 2014 7:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – The father of the female shooter who killed herself after Sunday's rampage in Las Vegas blames her older, conspiracy-obsessed husband for the carnage. The father tells the Los Angeles Times that he begged his daughter Amanda, 22, not to marry 31-year-old Jerad Miller. He says he was so repelled by the man that he "puked his head off" before they wed in Lafayette, Indiana. "I begged her not to marry him, I begged her not to move to Las Vegas," the father says. "He was into all this Patriot Nation and conspiracy theory stuff, and the next thing I know her phone was getting shut off and she was getting isolated from us." More:

  • Amanda's father says he doesn't know what kind of hold Miller had on his daughter and the Vegas shootings make no sense to him, although a Facebook post from 2011 reveals a dark side. "The people of the world" are "lucky I can’t kill you now but remember one day I will get you because one day all hell will break loose and I’ll be standing in the middle of it with a shotgun in one hand and a pistol in the other," she wrote.

  • Gawker rounds up more of the pair's social media posts, including several in which Jerad Miller speaks of "suicide by cop" and declares, the day before the shooting, "The dawn of a new day. May all our sacrifices be worth it."
  • In Lafayette, associates recall the pair—who liked to dress as Batman characters—as strange and extremist. A former landlord describes Jerad as a "drug-addict loser" and Amanda as a "good girl" but "brainwashed." A friend of Amanda's tells the Lafayette Courier & Journal that Jerad spoke of moving somewhere where they would "fit in" better. "They wanted to be down south because they knew if it came down to a revolution, they would be safe there—because more people like them would be standing up," she says.
  • Investigators have backtracked from initial claims that the pair were white supremacists. Instead, they say, the swastikas the couple left on the bodies of the two police officers they killed reflected their view that the police and government are fascists.
  • Police are looking into a visit the couple made to Cliven Bundy's ranch during his April standoff with federal authorities. Bundy says he is doing all he can to assist the investigation and while he may have met them, he doesn't recognize their photographs. "There are some indications the militia said they should leave, and there is some indication they had been talking radical-type things although I don’t have any personal information on that," the rancher tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal

These photos provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Jerad Miller, left, and his wife, Amanda Miller.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
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