Roof's Confession Tape: Felt 'Bad' When He Found Out Death Toll

Accused Charleston church shooter also admitted he was 'white supremacist'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2016 1:20 PM CST
Dylann Roof Confession Tape: 'I Support Hitler'
In this June18, 2016, file photo, Dylann Roof is escorted from the Shelby Police Department in Shelby, NC.   (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

During a week in which his mom already suffered a heart attack after hearing the case against him, more shock arrived Friday in the federal trial of Dylann Roof, 22, accused of a church shooting in Charleston, SC, that killed nine black worshippers. He's facing 33 federal charges for hate crimes resulting in death and obstruction of exercise of religion resulting in death, per ABC News. "I went to that church in Charleston and I did it" is how Roof's videotaped confession started, played for jurors in a Charleston courtroom, NBC News reports. The interview with FBI agent Michael Stansbury took place on June 18, 2015, the day after the shooting, and included Roof being read his rights and questioned, with little eye contact with the agent. The investigator said Roof didn't seem to be under the influence of any substance during his statement, which was made without a lawyer present.

Which means he likely won't be able to blame drugs or alcohol for telling the agent he let his bullets loose because his research showed black men were raping white women, or for admitting, "I do consider myself a white supremacist," or for noting, "I support Hitler." Roof also said he didn't say a word to his victims before he killed them, and he didn't initially appear to know how many people he had murdered. "Five, not really sure," he answered the agent when asked. "It was very fast." When he was informed nine people had died, he replied, "Well, it makes me feel bad." Yet he appeared to laugh when he relayed how he'd told one of the victims, Polly Sheppard, that he'd let her live to tell the tale of what had happened. And Stansbury testified Roof ate a hamburger during the interview and "was not upset, crying, or showing any emotions." (Roof asked for a mistrial—and was denied.)

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