US shooter’s novels contained ‘spoilers’ of his future real murders — Analysis
Denver’s bloody rampage was predicted in novels self-published in part by an accused shooter
A man who allegedly killed five people in Denver earlier this week, had ‘previewed’ the murders, in a trilogy of criminal novels called ‘Sanction.’
Lyndon McLeod (47) is being charged with two murders at a Denver tattoo studio and one death at an apartment. Then, on December 27, in Lakewood, McLeod was accused of the killing of a man in a tattoo bar, then another hotel worker. McLeod was eventually shot by Ashley Ferris (a police officer), who then fired back after McLeod had injured her.
Later, law enforcement confirmed that McLeod knew the victims. Even more shocking details were revealed by law enforcement. It turned out McLeod was not only an investigator twice but never charged. He actually knew the victims and had prophesied details about his massacre plans in several novels. These books were self-published under Roman McClay.
“Our investigation includes the existence of books written under the pseudonym of the suspect.,” a spokesperson for the Denver police department told AFP.
A trilogy, ‘Sanction’ was written by McLeod between 2018 and 2020. They were still available for purchase on Amazon up to Wednesday night, but were removed from there by the end of the evening.
Media reports say that the main character’s name differs from its creator’s name by only one letter. Lyndon MacLeod, a novelist, kills 46 people within a single night. Michael Swinyard is the first on this list. Swinyard was a former colleague and was found dead in his Denver apartment. One of McLeod’s victims was called Michael Swinyard and he lived at the address, which was mentioned in a book.
Alicia Cardenas (owner of a tattoo shop) was also shot to death, in a novel but in real life.
‘Roman McClay’ had previously explained that he’d often used real names and described real events along with the fictional ones, to “Blur the lines between possible and impossible.”
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