Clinic Shooting Suspect Recounted Bizarre 'Dream'

Told cops that aborted fetuses will thank him in heaven
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2016 11:35 AM CDT
Clinic Shooting Suspect Recounted Bizarre 'Dream'
Robert Lewis Dear during a court appearance in December.   (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)

The suspect in the Nov. 27 shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs says "his dream" is for aborted fetuses to "thank him what for what he did" when he dies and goes to heaven. Robert Lewis Dear, the self-proclaimed "warrior for the babies" who confessed in court, made the comments to police after his arrest, according to arrest and search warrants unsealed Monday, per NBC News. He also says he was angry with Planned Parenthood for performing abortions and for "the selling of body parts," and the attack left him "happy," per Reuters. A police officer, a US Army vet, and a young mom were killed, and nine were injured in the shooting, Dear faces murder and attempted murder charges.

The unsealed documents reveal that Dear stopped to get directions to the clinic on the day of the attack and even called the clinic itself. He showed up wearing a vest of silver coins and duct tape and shot a woman in the parking lot with one of four semi-automatic rifles, telling her she "shouldn't have come here today," the documents state. He later told police he "thought very highly" of Paul Hill, who murdered a Florida abortion provider in 1994, per the documents. Dear has said he plans to represent himself in court, though a court-appointed evaluation found he was incompetent to do so. His lawyer is expected to argue that Dear should be put in a state psychiatric hospital during a hearing on his competency to stand trial on April 28. (More Robert Lewis Dear stories.)

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