Nobody Could Have Predicted (Part MMDCCLXVII)
Thanks to some sleuth work on the Internet, we’re starting to learn more about Richard Poplawski, the 23-year-old who killed three police officers yesterday in Pittsburgh, evidently out of fear that his guns were going to be taken away.
It appears that what police may be looking at is a budding white supremacist who frequented one of the most popular neo-Nazi websites and harbored an apocalyptic dread of the federal government.
The next four years are going to be very interesting. For one thing, Poplawski was captured alive.
The Village Voice’s True Crime Report has done a lot of the sleuthing. The thread of connective tissue involving the evidence they’ve uncovered isn’t perfectly solid, but the strands are all well connected enough to suggest the general thrust is reasonably accurate.
The key is to look a little harder at the MySpace page of Poplawski’s self-described “best friend,” Eddie Perkovic — the one that contains that anti-Semitic, anti-black racist rant, recommending that folks read David Duke and the Protocols. You can see Perkovic above, spouting the gun-nut line about how “he was gonna stand by what his forefathers told him to do.”
One of his online buddies (who might be Poplawski himself) also posted at stormfront.org. I won’t link, but you can check it out if you wish at True Crime Report. It’s not pretty.
Richard Andrew “Pop” Poplawski’s ex-girlfriend said he dragged her by the hair and threatened to shoot her.
He slept with a gun under his pillow in a basement room filled with firearms and ammunition, convinced that Jews controlled the media and President Obama was scheming to take away his arsenal, friends and relatives said Saturday.
“He was a violent, abusive man. He dragged me by the hair, pulling me across the floor. I saw him choke his own mother. He was controlling,” said Melissa Gladish, 23, of Verona, his former girlfriend who received a protection from abuse order against him in 2005. She said she had no doubt he would kill someone.