Dylann Roof Laughs at Family in Jailhouse Videos
He thought white nationalists would rescue him
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 17, 2017 7:01 AM CDT
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In this Monday, April 10, 2017, file photo, Dylann Roof enters the court room at the Charleston County Judicial Center.   (Grace Beahm)

(Newser) – In nearly three hours of jailhouse video, South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof is seen laughing at his family, asking about his cats, and becoming upset when his relatives suggest he should use his lawyers. Federal officials showed the videos to reporters in Charleston on Tuesday. The videos were part of hearings that determined the white supremacist was competent to stand trial for killing nine black church members, the AP reports. Many of Roof's bizarre behaviors are evident in the videos, which are not being publicly released. He laughs at inappropriate times, shows no sign of remorse, and cries once when he insists he has syphilis even though he had been examined and did not have the disease.

In one exchange, Roof's father cries after his son tells him: "I'm going to make this even worse," the Post and Courier reports. In another, when his mother argues he should keep his defense team instead of representing himself, he says lawyers "represent criminals and lie for them." CNN reports that in a transcript released earlier this week, the 23-year-old tells a psychologist that he won't be executed because he will "be rescued by white nationalists after they took over the government." Another document states that Roof told an autism expert that autism was for "nerds and losers" and he was a sociopath.

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