Ex-wife: Suspect targeted Planned Parenthood before

2015-12-02 17:53
An undated photo of Planned Parenthood attack suspect Robert Dear.(AP)

An undated photo of Planned Parenthood attack suspect Robert Dear.(AP)

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Colorado Springs - An ex-wife of the man charged with killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, says he has targeted the reproductive health organisation before.

In an interview with NBC News, Barbara Mescher Michaux said Robert Dear put glue in the locks of another Planned Parenthood clinic when they were married more than 20 years ago. She characterised him in an affidavit she filed to divorce him in 1993 and in her Tuesday interview as a violent, isolated man, matching the descriptions of others who knew the 57-year-old suspect.

Planned Parenthood, a national organisation, has long been a lightning rod in the US debate over abortion.

Police arrested Dear after an hours-long gunfight on Friday during which three people were killed and nine wounded. Officials say that after he was arrested, Dear said "no more baby parts" during a statement so rambling that it has been challenging to pinpoint what motivated the attacks. Some have speculated that the gunbattle began in the parking lot outside the clinic and Dear was not motivated by opposition to abortion rights.

But Michaux said it seemed clear what drove Dear there. "For him to plan this and go there, he meant to go there," she said. "There is no doubt in my mind."

In her affidavit, Michaux said Dear had no friends. He would listen to music on headphones for hours, ignoring her. He'd vanish for gambling trips to Las Vegas or Atlantic City and suddenly explode in anger at home, kicking her and pulling her hair.

"Rob's anger erupts into fury in a matter of seconds and is alarming," she wrote. "You have to constantly monitor his emotional state."

She added that he appeared devoutly religious. "He claims to be a Christian and is extremely evangelistic, but he does not follow the Bible in his actions," Michaux wrote. "He says as long as he believes he will be saved, he can do whatever he pleases. He is obsessed with the world coming to an end."

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