Writings in White House Shooting Suspect’s Truck Described
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A note that advocated murder as ``a higher moral calling″ was found in the truck of a man on trial for trying to kill President Clinton, a prosecutor said Monday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Dubelier quoted from the passage during his opening statement in the trial of Francisco Martin Duran, 26, accused of shooting at the White House with a semiautomatic rifle Oct. 29.
Dubelier told jurors that investigators found several ``bizarre″ items in Duran’s truck, including written material that said: ``Can you imagine a higher moral calling than destroying someone’s dreams with one bullet?″
Although he didn’t mention the publication by name, the passage Dubelier quoted was from a magazine called ``Answer Me!″ that is the subject of a pornography case in the state of Washington.
Issue No. 2 of the magazine contains an ``honor roll″ of mass murderers and serial killers that begins: ``Greater love hath no man than to snuff another’s live. What more intimate act, what grander display of passion is there than murder? ... Can you imagine a higher moral calling than to destroy someone’s dreams with one bullet, a blade’s wipe, or a pair of thumbs to the throat?″
The magazine’s cover features a cartoon of a person shooting himself in the head with a pistol.
Neither Dubelier nor a defense attorney would reveal more details about the writings found in the truck, such as whether they were handwritten or whether Duran had a copy of the entire magazine that included the quotes.
Also found in the truck was what Dubelier described as a handwritten note that said: ``War is good. Start the revolution.″
Answer Me! is published irregularly by Jim Goad and his wife, Debbie Goad, of Portland, Ore. There was no answer Monday at Goad’s home telephone.
Another issue of the magazine is Exhibit A in an obscenity case in Bellingham, Wash. Ira Stohl, owner of a newsstand there, is accused of promoting pornography for selling an issue of ``Answer Me!″ that depicts rape.
Stohl’s lawyer has argued in court that the magazine’s editors publish it to show the heinous reality of murder and rape through explicit articles, not to titillate readers.