Lithium Love

Very odd. A blog supposedly maintained by alleged Oregon shooter Chris Harper-Mercer writing as “Lithium_Love” doesn’t sound like the sort of person likely to commit such an atrocity. Nor does his writing seem to line up with Harper-Mercer’s background: a mixed-race 26-year-old born in England, had been in a school for students with “learning disabilities and emotional problems” (graduating in 2009), a major fan of the Irish Republican Army, with one of his two MySpace friends being a jihadist-connected Los Angeles Muslim. The friend, Mahmoud Ali Ehsani, has pictures of jihadists from many countries, and wrote in a caption on one of them:

The Mujahideem of Palestine…My brothers and sisters keep on doing your thing. Allahu Akbar….my brave soldiers keep on fighting against Israel. F*ck Israel. Kill the Jews. jews are the only infidels

Here is a bunch of captured images from Ehsani’s profile. Ehsani’s profile would be believable as a mass murderer, and so would the IRA fan Harper-Mercer. But…

this Lithium_Love seems fairly reasonable, almost as if it is a case of mistaken identity. I don’t see anything in Lithium_Love’s profile that ties it to Chris Harper-Mercer. Much is being made of his posting about recent media-promoted murders, but much less about what he actually said about them. And the allegations that he was part of BlackLivesMatter is not supported by Lithium_Love’s writings. I’ve now read all of them on the KAT site. Some selections, to give you a feel for him. These don’t seem like evidence of learning disabilities nor emotional problems:

I just read about the houston cop shooting. Figured I’d post this since the response to my previous blog post on vester flanagan was so interesting. On the houston shooting it was reported that the suspect was influenced by black lives matter protests/movement. Although I don’t know if thats true, with all the issues about police and blacks/protestors in the news the past couple of years, it certainly seems like someone would be inspired to take action. With the constant chants of anti police rhetoric this was bound to happen. I don’t disagree that police brutality and excessive use of force is a problem, but killing an officer that never did anything to you is not the answer.

This whole event seems similar to the one in new york earlier this year where that guy killed those two cops sitting in a parked car. The inflammatory rhetoric on both sides, whether warranted or not will only continue to agitate the situation and events such as these will happen more and more. These are just my thoughts on the matter. Will continue to post more blogs on related subjects, as well any interesting thoughts I may have.

P.S. In case anyone’s wondering, I’m not on the side of the suspect, I’m on the side of the officer, and generally don’t agree with the black lives matter protests

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(In response to a comment from a Houston paramedic that ended in “The thing that upsets me the most is how so many want to say black lives matter. Screw that! ALL LIVES MATTER!!!“, Lithium Love wrote:)

Amen. Thanks for posting that. Positive words always appreciated. And thanks for the PM, meant a lot. I’m sure you’ve saved many lives as a paramedic.

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Yes, however much like O.J. was made into a symbol even when he was guilty, so many of the people potrayed as victims by the black lives matter movement are not innocent. I have seen plenty of other worthy people, like that guy who was carrying the bb gun in walmart and was shot,wasn’t a real gun and even if it was, open carry is legal in that state. People should outraged over that, but instead we get michael brown and the great cigar heist. So many people are killed in the ghetto, often times young kids and no national outrage. A week or so ago a 9 year old girl was killed and her mom shot in a shooting in ferguson, stray bullet, yet no word from the national media or sharpton/obama. But they protest the 18 year old killed in st.louis around the same time, even though he was they were serving a search warrant for drugs and guns and he ran. Refused to drop the gun.

The reference to O. J. Simpson struck me as odd, as Chris Harper-Mercer was only five years old and living in England when this trial took place.

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I was not trying to create controversy for my own amusement. It just so happens that certain subjects attract certain comments, I like the reaction but I don’t spend my time trying to figure out ways to agitate people.

Any time someone disagrees with an opinion it becomes controversial. People love their opinions like vodka. And I too would like this blog to remain civil. I have avoided responding to comments that do not directly respond to me or call me out so as not to become embroiled in a drawn out angry discussion

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One commenter made a snide remark that seems prescient, if this is really the shooter: “Please spare us your thoughts and blogs about the actions of people with serious mental health issues, just keep taking the Lithium. I’m starting to wonder if this is a lead up to when you start pulling the trigger on innocents.”

And yet, I could not see it in what the commenter was responding to. Lithium_Love’s response to this provocation was mild enough:

Free speech does carry over to forums

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One last comment from this person, one month ago. He just does not sound like “mass killer” material to me:

Black lives matter is different because most there are far more murders done by blacks against themselves than by police, and to defend a thug like michael brown is just wrong. And a man grievances, whether real or percieved are more of a justification(not saying he was right)than stealing a cigar from a store and people protesting his death, which he brought on himself through his actions and choices. Those same people ought to be protesting about the violence is in the inner city. People won’t respect you until you respect yourself

One thing that struck me was the fairly oversensitive general tone of commenters on KAT compared to the absolutely vulgar and depraved barely readable garbage on the /r9k/ forum cheering on today’s deaths.

Lithium_Love’s writings are being Photoshopped to make it look like he was a BlackLivesMatter member. A lot of bogus inf0 is out there; I am trying to be careful.

I’m done with this incident for now.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  • That’s bizarre. Why would the “Lithium_Love” profile be deleted, but the Myspace profile be left alone? The MySpace link (above) is still functioning as of just now.

    In any event, I’d copied almost everything Lithium_Love wrote, except for the (now much-quoted) reference to Flanagan. The text above represents at least 80% of what he wrote on KAT. Only one blog post is not here, as I recall, which was the one on Flanagan, and I omitted his trivial replies to people “friending” his profile and such. More substantive replies were copied into the list above.

    And I confess to being astounded to read that this is the same person, the man now being touted on People Magazine as a Satanist:
    http://www.people.com/article/oregon-shooting-gunman-had-obsession-satan

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  • John Casor

    In your blog you say:
    “this Lithium_Love seems fairly reasonable, almost as if it is a case of
    mistaken identity. I don’t see anything in Lithium_Love’s profile that
    ties it to Chris Harper-Mercer.”
    The thing that ties them together is the email address ironcross45@gmail.com. The KAT profile is gone, and I can’t find anything interesting in google cache. I hope you screenshot his posts or copied them somewhere. The few things you posted above are interesting and I would have liked to read more before the authorities had the profile taken down. Thanks for saving and posting what you did, anyways.

  • Welcome, and thanks for the info. Yes, the “white supremacist” bit makes no sense. But when you say that he “idolized Vester Flanagan,” I hadn’t seen that in what I’ve found so far. The writer “Lithium_Love” mentions Flanagan, but that reference is not idol worship, just noting (as others have) the notoriety gained by such people. And nothing about that mention seems like a prelude to the writer planning such a notion for himself. Is there another reference to Flanagan? If there are writings by Harper-Mercer about him, I’ve not seen those.

    Though it doesn’t seem likely in this case, there is a precedent for mixed-race racism. Our own president, writing in his pair of autobiographies (especially the first one), talked about how much he resented his “white half.” He was holed up with Jeremiah Wright and refused to go visit or financially help his mother (despite making $150k or so per year at the time), because she was white and represented what Obama hated. Obama has either gotten over this feeling or subsumed it into his overall political worldview.

    Lithium_Love shows no racism in his writings that I’ve seen, and doesn’t seem like the right person. The “egg white” writer in the /r9k/ group is not exactly racist, but is certainly full to overflowing with hate. That unfortunately also seems true of a great majority of his audience there. I’ve subsequently seen a reference to Harper-Mercer writing about “beta males” which sounds like /r9k/’s much touted “beta uprising” — but “egg white” is clearly not Harper-Mercer, so I don’t know what’s going on there or where that came from.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  • John Casor

    I’ve done my fair share of amateur internet investigations of murderers, criminals and stories in the news that I just wanted to know more about, and one thing I’ve found is that you can’t trust a screen name to be consistent across the entire world. Especially rather generic names like lithium love and ironcross45. The “nazi officer cap” that people are saying Mercer bought is a good example. I’m positive that is a different user (ironcross45) entirely, and even has Utah as the place of origin.

    I assume the FBI knows what it’s doing in regards to chasing down this guy’s internet history, and we’ll see if and how much of this initial information is corrected. I, myself, find it extremely hard to swallow that a man who, for all intents and purposes, is as black as our president, idolized Vester Flanagan, targeted almost exclusively white victims, and seems to have been more interested in religion than race, could be painted as a white supremacist with racial motivations. The verified online accounts of Mercer, the ones with his full name and or picture, just doesn’t bear this out. All the non-fitting information is coming from similar screen names that aren’t directly tied to Mercer other than having the same user names he’s used.

    With a presidential election in the near future, a lot of news outlets and politicians seem to be spinning whatever narrative suits them best. I wish our ignorant populace would take that in to account and apply a little bit of critical thinking when they read these articles.

  • Hmm. You’ve confused yourself, it seems to me.

    First of all, we’re talking about two different social media accounts, which seem (to me) to be of two different people. The one of “ironcross45” does indeed seem to be that of Chris Harper-Mercer, and his references to the IRA and his links to jihadism make it seem that the identification is likely correct.

    But then we have “Lithium_Love,” who seems to harbor hatred for no one and who seems reasonable and interacts with others pretty well. I don’t think it’s the same person. And I don’t know this person’s politics.

    I can guess at CHM’s politics, but it would be only a guess: The IRA — the focus of just about the entirety of his photo/video collection — is strongly leftist/socialist/Marxist, and he likely follows some variant of this pattern. But this is speculation.

    What post or comment by Lithium_Love (not “ironcross45”) makes you think he “harbors antisemitic right-wing ideologies and hatreds”? What “exact same thought” that he expressed are you talking about? I’ve reported above nearly all I found from this poster, save a few innocuous “thank you” little comments. Certainly his statements above are representative, and had I found anything else of indicating politics or emotional state I’d have posted it. The edgiest he gets is noting that mass murderers get lots of publicity, and suggests looking at the Flanagan video. A great many people today are echoing that first sentiment, and the second was creepy enough but did not contain any hint of “they deserved it.”

    The /r9k/ posters are absolutely disturbing. Their writings contain every sort of vile notion you can imagine, and some that are beyond imaging. Many more are indecipherable outside of their bizarre argot. They don’t seem to have politics at all, just hatred for society in general. But they don’t seem, now, to be directly involved in this.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  • SecludedCompound

    You likely don’t think he sounds like an angry murderer because I’m guessing he agrees with your politics.

    To me and a lot of other people who see the exact same thoughts expounded on above in post after post by people who frequent Stormfront, from Neo-Confederates, LoS and CCC fans, not to mention your usual angry bigots.

    As his email account has been linked to purchases of Nazi memorabilia, ad the use of the “ironcross45” moniker, this doesn’t seem to be out of place: he harbors antisemitic right-wing ideologies and hatreds. Only difference is it’s probably a neurosis based on self-hatred, I’d have to guess.

  • At this point, I don’t think that Lithium_Love is the same person. The MySpace profile appears to be correct, though, and I have a better understanding of why the profile said “republican” (lower case). His father is a strongly accented Caucasian (Irish?), and the son revered the Irish Republican Army terrorist group. He meant that sort of “republican,” and even then could hardly be called Jeffersonian.

    The /r9k/ blog also seems to be a mistaken identity, although if that’s the case, that fellow (along with many of his fellow posters) is a candidate for next week’s mass shooting.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  • JeffR

    If Lithium_Love really is the same guy, perhaps he was bipolar or had some other kind of mental affliction resulting in fractured behavior.

    Yesterday I didn’t see his name or face disclosed by the “authorities” or news media yet, and I had hopes that it wouldn’t be. Today I see his picture plastered on the home page of every news media outlet. I don’t read daily printed newspapers, but his visage probably adorns them too.

    I honestly cringe at the future plans of these ‘robots’ now that they see the reward of acclaim this r9k-droid got from his action they no doubt view as bold & courageous. I am convinced of the following sick fact: To these self-indulgent, self-outcast r9k-droids, this intense media exposure is the equivalent to the promise of 72 virgins in the glorious afterlife of a jihadist.

    An analogy comes to mind, drawn from my personal experience. Decades ago when I was mildly athletic, I belonged to an intramural basketball league in my community. One evening we had a guy on our team that was in a funk (mentally down, and physically inconsequential on the court). 1/2-way through the 2nd quarter, he committed a pretty vicious foul for no ‘rational’ reason. He was whistled for a technical foul, and warned by the ref to knock it off or he’d be thrown out of the game. While the other team shot the technical free throws, on the sideline we asked him why he did that. He said he felt invisible out there, and wanted to “push out on the world to force it to acknowledge that he was even there.” He knowingly – eagerly – did an unjustified wrong, because he needed to force his environment to acknowledge his existence.

    Expect copycats, craving the frenzied media coverage. The media chases ratings, oblivious to the sick fact that these r9k-droids are drawn to the media spotlight like moths to a flame.

    – Jeff

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