Now, the Washington Subway Shooter Becomes Sympathetic

Here we go.

The Washington Metro shooter, originally cast as an evil, braindead Tea Party type, is now a sad, tragic figure, not to be blamed for his acts:

Jeffrey Bedell and Monaco recounted that Patrick was considered “hyperintelligent” by the community when he was growing up. Even as a 3- or 4-year-old, Patrick wanted to go to the library to pick up books “way above his grade level,” his brother said.

Monaco said: “There was competitiveness I observed in the three boys, more of an intellectual competitiveness. There was always intellectual banter, sometimes really, really humorous.”

Later, Patrick warmed to nonfiction, including European history and literature about physicist Stephen Hawking. But he joined few if any clubs. “While he was an outgoing kid, he would also isolate himself. He would go into his room and read. It wasn’t like he was a social outcast. But he wasn’t a joiner,” Monaco said.

A kid who liked books? He can’t be a Tea Party guy, he is one of the MSM types. Now, he becomes a tragedy, not a lone nut:

Patrick was perpetually in and out of school, enrolling in undergraduate or graduate programs and sometimes auditing courses

He’s in graduate school? Why, this must be a story of “bright promise” gone bad.

Jeffrey could not recall whether he had worked anywhere. In 1999, the brothers lived together in Berkeley, when Jeffrey was a senior on his way to law school and Patrick was auditing a physics course. “It was fantastic. I had my bed, and he had a futon. We would go to the café, and I’d be studying, he’d be studying. . . . It was wonderful,” Jeffrey said.

The brothers parted ways when Patrick moved to Austin to live with a woman he met at a bookstore at the University of California at Davis. Jeffrey did not want to name the woman, who he said was pursuing a graduate degree in literature. “I think she appreciated his intelligence. He was charming and very funny, and he was very kind and considerate,” Jeffrey said. “It was fantastic to go out with them. I dearly love her.”

But then:

But in the early 2000s, Patrick’s curiosity and skepticism changed to an off-putting perspective laden with conspiracy theories. He smoked marijuana frequently. One time, Monaco said, Patrick asked him for his cellphone. Monaco handed it over, and Patrick removed the battery. “He said, ‘That’s how they can listen to us,’ ” Monaco said.

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