The man accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s California house and severely beating her husband with a hammer seems to have made racist and infrequently rambling posts on-line, together with some that questioned the outcomes of the 2020 election, defended former President Donald Trump and echoed QAnon conspiracy theories.
David DePape, 42, grew up in Powell River, British Columbia, earlier than leaving about 20 years in the past to observe an older girlfriend to San Francisco. A avenue tackle listed for DePape in the Bay Area faculty city of Berkeley led to a publish office field at a UPS Store.
DePape was arrested at the Pelosi house early Friday. San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins mentioned she anticipated to file a number of felony expenses, together with tried homicide, assault with a lethal weapon, housebreaking and elder abuse.
Stepfather Gene DePape mentioned the suspect had lived with him in Canada till he was 14 and had been a quiet boy.
“David was never violent that I seen and was never in any trouble although he was very reclusive and played too much video games,” Gene DePape mentioned.
He mentioned he hasn’t seen his stepson since 2003 and tried to get in contact with him a number of instances over time with out success.
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“In 2007, I tried to get in touch but his girlfriend hung up on me when I asked to talk to him,” Gene DePape mentioned.
David DePape was identified in Berkeley as a pro-nudity activist who had picketed bare at protests in opposition to native ordinances requiring folks to be clothed in public.
Gene DePape mentioned the girlfriend whom his son adopted to California was named Gypsy and so they had two youngsters collectively. DePape additionally has a baby with a special girl, his stepfather mentioned.
Photographs printed by The San Francisco Chronicle on Friday recognized DePape frolicking nude exterior metropolis corridor with dozens of others at the 2013 marriage ceremony of pro-nudity activist Gypsy Taub, who was marrying one other man. Taub didn’t reply Friday to calls or emails.
A 2013 article in The Chronicle described David DePape as a “hemp jewelry maker” who lived in a Victorian flat in Berkeley with Taub, who hosted a chat present on native public-access TV known as “Uncensored 9/11,” in which she appeared bare and pushed conspiracy theories that the 2001 terrorist assaults have been “an inside job.”
A pair of internet blogs posted in current months on-line underneath the title David DePape contained rants about technology, aliens, communists, spiritual minorities and international elites.
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An Aug. 24 entry titled “Q,” displayed a scatological assortment of memes that included pictures of the deceased intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein and made reference to QAnon, the baseless pro-Trump conspiracy concept that espouses the idea that the nation is run by a deep state cabal of kid intercourse traffickers, satanic pedophiles and baby-eating cannibals.
“Big Brother has deemed doing your own research as a thought crime,” learn a publish that appeared to mix references to QAnon with George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”
In an Aug. 25 entry titled “Gun Rights,” the poster wrote: “You no longer have rights. Your basic human rights hinder Big Brothers ability to enslave and control you in a complete and totalizing way.”
The website hosting service WordPress eliminated one of many websites Friday afternoon for violating its phrases of service.
On a special web site, somebody posting underneath DePape’s title repeated false claims about COVID vaccines and sporting masks, questioned whether or not local weather change is actual and displayed an illustration of a zombified Hillary Clinton eating on human flesh.
There gave the impression to be no direct posts about Pelosi, however there have been entries defending former President Donald Trump and Ye, the rapper formally referred to as Kayne West who not too long ago made antisemitic feedback.
In different posts, the author mentioned Jews helped finance Hitler’s political rise in Germany and advised an antisemitic plot was concerned in Russia’s current invasion of Ukraine.
In a Sept. 27 publish, the author mentioned any journalists who denied Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election “should be dragged straight out into the street and shot.”
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