In a chilling interview with the Colorado Springs Gazette, Robert Lewis Dear, the man who killed three and wounded nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in November 2015, showed no remorse for the murders. Dear described in detail his decision to purchase an AK-47 and drive to the clinic whose address he found in the phone book. “I killed three and I saved 3,000...3,000 babies or more,” Dear told the Gazette.
Dear, whom the paper describes as “proudly” taking credit for the shootout and murders, said that the attack was “spur of the moment” and motivated by a want to end “evil” abortions. Additionally Dear, who has a long history of violence against women, said that he attacked the clinic for the “love for a woman.”
The Gazette reports:
He said he thought doctors at a Woodland Park hospital “were killing” his girlfriend, who lived with him at a secluded trailer in Hartsel. She was admitted for a boil, and Dear said he snapped Nov. 27 after spotting FBI agents trailing him at the hospital.
Though FBI agents were never following him, Dear has reiterated the claim that he was being harassed by the FBI on multiple occasions. In the interview, he railed for “long stretches” about the FBI and said that President Obama was the “devil.” As proof, he cited Bible verses.
In addition to sharing his convoluted reasoning for the Planned Parenthood attack, Dear said that God told him to end the attacks.
His decision to surrender after a five-hour standoff at the clinic Nov. 27 came down to the flip of a coin. He said the side that faced up indicated God wanted him to give up.
Dear was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation to determine whether or not he is fit to stand trial. He insists that he is. The results of that evaluation are still pending.
Perhaps most terrifying is Dear’s absolute belief that he acted in the name of protection.
When asked whether he knew that the Planned Parenthood clinic performed services including cancer screenings, pregnancy testing and tests for sexually-transmitted diseases, Dear waved off the question.
“They do millions of abortions - that’s all I know,” he said.
When asked if he regretted the murder of three—Ke’Arre Stewart, 29, Jennifer Markovsky, 35, both of whom were accompanying patients, and police officer Garrett Swasey, 44—Dear returned to his righteous campaign against abortion. “100 million babies - their lives are over,” Dear responded.
In conjunction with the attack, Dear has been charged with 179 counts, including three counts of first-degree murder.
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