Bin Laden Hunter's Brother: He's 'Not Crazy'
Friends and family say would-be hitman is just patriotic
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2010 6:41 PM CDT
A May 30, 2010, picture provided by Dr. Scott Faulkner shows his brother Gary Brooks Faulkner at the Denver International Airport en route to Pakistan.   (AP Photo/Dr. Scott Faulkner)
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(Newser) – It's still not entirely clear what made 50-year-old Gary Brooks Faulkner of Colorado think he could go to Pakistan and kill Osama bin Laden by himself, but friends and family says he's sane. "My brother is not crazy," his brother Scott tells CNN. "He is highly intelligent and loves his country and he has not forgotten what Osama has done to this country." To AP, he adds, "A lot of kids grow up and say, `I want to be Rambo,' you know? Well, he is."

Faulkner has serious kidney problems and requires dialysis. "I'm guessing that he wanted to do one last thing for his country before he died," his sister tells the Daily News. The construction worker had been arrested several times in recent years on burglary, larceny, and domestic violence charges, reports the Denver Post. But a friend tells the newspaper this is a surprise. "He's not crazy at all like the media says he is. He's a smart guy, a really smart guy."