Church massacre: Purported manifesto surfaces

2015-06-20 20:23
Dylann Roof appears via video before a judge in Charleston. (AP)

Dylann Roof appears via video before a judge in Charleston. (AP)

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Charleston - Photographs that appear to show the Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof holding a Confederate flag and burning an American flag appear with a racist rant on a newly uncovered website.

The purported manifesto was found on a website called and surfaced on Saturday. It's unclear if he wrote it, but the writings are in line with what Roof has told friends and what he said before allegedly opening fire in the historic black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on Wednesday night.

Internet registry records show that the website, which has since been taken down, was registered on February 9 via a Russian registry service - a common tactic use by those to obscure personal details or hide who is behind any particular website.

There were 60 pictures include Roof holding a Confederate flag and a close-up of a .45-calibre gun. He is accused of using a similar handgun in the church shooting.

The nearly 2 500-word essay started with Roof saying he was not raised in a racist home, but concluded he needed to become violent after typing "black on White crime" into Google. He says he chose Charleston because at one time it had the highest ratio of blacks to whites and white supremacist groups were not doing enough.

Charleston Police didn't immediately respond to a message.

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