The Suspect at a Glance

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Born: Feb. 25, 1958

Family: two children -- Nick Roeder, 22, of Manhattan, Kan., and another child born in 2002. Divorced from Lindsey Roeder in 1996.

Criminal background: Roeder was convicted of criminal use of explosives in 1996. His car was stopped in Shawnee County, Kan., because he did not have a valid license plate, only a tag stating that he was a "sovereign" citizen and "immune from the law." Police searched the car and reportedly found bomb components in the trunk. In an interview with the Topeka Capital-Journal in connection with the arrest, his father said Roeder was a member of the Montana Freemen, an anti-government group. Roeder traveled to Montana to train with the group and taught a class while he was there, his father said. Roeder was sentenced to 16 months in June 1996 and discharged in March 1998. His conviction was overturned in 1998.

Internet postings: A person identifying himself as "Scott Roeder" posted messages on several antiabortion sites, including In 2007, the person wrote on the site: "It seems as though what is happening in Kansas could be compared to the 'lawlessness' which is spoken of in the Bible. Tiller is the concentration camp 'Mengele' of our day and needs to be stopped before he and those who protect him bring judgement upon our nation."

That year, Roeder's name appeared on an Operation Rescue message board that said: "Bleass [sic] everyone for attending and praying in May to bring justice to Tiller and the closing of his death camp. Sometime soon, would it be feasible to organize as many people as possible to attend Tillers church (inside, not just outside) to have much more of a presence and possibly ask questions of the Pastor, Deacons, Elders and members while there? Doesn't seem like it would hurt anything but bring more attention to Tiller."

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