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How Can They Have Prevented This?': Manifesto Reveals Oregon Shooter's Chilling Answer


"My success in Hell is assured."

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Excerpts of the manifesto authored by the gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon community college last week emerged Monday.

Witnesses said the 26-year-old shooter spared the life of a student and handed the person an envelope containing a flash drive that is now in the possession of police.

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People Magazine reported Monday that a source read portions of the manifesto to one of its reporters.

"He says, 'Many will ask how can they have prevented this? You can't," the source said, reading the manifesto aloud. "You could never give me what I wanted. Nothing could have stopped it.'"

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"I've been forced to align myself with these demons and become one of them. At first, it was involuntary, but now I am aligned with them. I now serve. When I die I will become one of them," the gunman continued, according to the People magazine source. "My success in Hell is assured."

CNN reported earlier that the gunman complained about not having a girlfriend and being a virgin at the age of 26.

That report was corroborated by the Associated Press Monday.

"Other people think I'm crazy, but I'm not. I'm the sane one," an official told the Associated Press, summarizing the writing.

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