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Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner apparently vented on computer game forum

By David A. Fahrenthold
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 14, 2011; 6:00 PM

In an online forum dedicated to a computer game, Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner apparently vented frustrations with school, girls and job-hunting - and expressed thoughts about rape and violence against the handicapped.

On Friday afternoon, an administrator who oversees Web forums dedicated to the game "Earth Empires" released dozens of posts believed to have been written by Loughner. The administrator, Dave McVittie, said the user who wrote the posts, identified as "Dare," had been identified as Loughner by other users who knew him.

That user name echoes the name that Loughner apparently used on another online forum, abovetopsecret.com. There, administrators said, he was known as "erad3" - "erad" is "dare" spelled backwards.

Loughner, 22, faces murder charges for a shooting rampage on Saturday in which six people were killed and 13 were wounded. One of those wounded was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who police said was the gunman's first target.

Some of the postings released pertain to the game, in which users band together into "clans" and combine their virtual countries and armies in a fight for world domination.

But in many of the posts, including some reported this week in the Wall Street Journal, the user appears to despair about events in his personal life. If the user was indeed Loughner, then these postings would provide a more detailed view into his own thought processes in the spring of last year.

"I'm applying for a part time job. Min wage - $7.25," Dare wrote on May 14. "At 22!"

He went on to list a number of stores at which he had applied for jobs and not been accepted. He listed five "terminations" from places such as Red Robin and Eddie Bauer, where friends have said Loughner worked.

"6 Months . . . No Pay check. I'm thinking . . . 2 misdemeanors hurt," said Loughner, who had previously been arrested for drug possession and graffiti. "Don't do Graffiti."

The poster also describes a confrontation very similar to one previously described by Loughner's former math teacher. That teacher remembered a student prone to bizarre outbursts, including one in which Loughner asked, "How can you deny math?"

In the forum, Dare wrote:

"I gave my elementary math teacher some lip service. . . . Dare: Can you tell me how to Deny math? TEACHER: THAT IS A STUPID QUESTION! GET OUT OF THE CLASS! GET OUT OF MY CLASS! THAT IS IRRELEVANT! Dare: That's a personal attack."

Dare also bragged about his weighlifting and fitness and posted thoughts about his frustration with women. "Its funny . . . when . . . they say lets go on a date about 3 times . . . and they dont . . . go . . . " he wrote.

And Dare gave voice to thoughts about rape: "You are having a hard time getting sex. There is no way to have sex. The thoughts of rape are coming to your mind."

In another comment thread, he asked, "Would you hit a Handy Cap Child/Adult?" In another, he asked, "Dose [sic] anyone have aggression 24/7?"

None of the posts mentions Giffords or appears to show Loughner preparing for the rampage Saturday.

It was clear from other posters' replies that some of the forum members knew Dare both online and offline. But it was also clear that, even in a forum where crude jokes were accepted, his comments were often treated as outlandish and unwelcome.

In one case, after Dare posted a vulgar cartoon, another poster responded, "Dare, everything you say further solidifies my claims of you being mentally retarded."

Dare last posted a message on the forum in June, then went silent.

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