Federal Investigators Cast Doubt On Theory That Orlando Mass Murderer Was Closeted Gay Man

Federal Investigators Cast Doubt On Theory That Orlando Mass Murderer Was Closeted Gay Man

The New York Times, citing law enforcement officials, is reporting that the F.B.I. is “increasingly skeptical” of the widely-reported notion that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was a gay man driven by self-loathing to kill other people like him.

The inquiry is in early stages but investigators apparently have come to suspect that reports by patrons of Pulse nightclub that Mateen had been visiting gay clubs or that he had used gay dating apps are either false or a case of mistaken identity. Mateen’s wife, Noor Zahi Salman, accompanied the killer to Pulse before he stormed it in order to determine its vulnerabilities to an attack but he did not necessarily spend time there regularly.

Instead, the bureau is focusing on Mateen’s history of virulently antigay comments at work and elsewhere, where he regularly professed hatred of gay people, and messages he posted to Facebook during his rampage inside the club. “Now taste the Islamic state vengeance,” he declared, condemning “the filthy ways of the west.” Mateen’s own obsessively antigay father has said that his son’s mass slaughter may have been motivated by witnessing two men kissing.

According to a letter to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Senator Ron Johnson learned in intelligence briefings that Mateen demanded that the United States stop targeting the Islamic State for elimination in Syria and Iraq. He also “pledged allegiance” to the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and asked, “may Allah accept me.”

Since adolescence, The Times discovered, Mateen has been arrested, suspended and fired from school and jobs multiple times for crimes and misdemeanors ranging from assault to domestic violence to making threats.

One school report alleges that as a student Mateen was “constantly moving, verbally abusive, rude, aggressive,” often abusing other students while engaging in “much talk about violence & sex.”

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  1. Mandy
    June 18, 05:49 Reply

    ‘Mateen’s wife, Noor Zahi Salman, accompanied the killer to Pulse before he stormed it in order to determine its vulnerabilities to an attack…’

    Honestly, why is this woman not under arrest?

    • Mr. Fingers
      June 18, 09:57 Reply

      she is under arrest and might be charged to court soonest.

  2. ambivalentone
    June 18, 07:40 Reply

    It never made sense to me. Thankfully the bureau is towing my line of thot. I know self-loathing can make one do crazy shit, especially with free access to guns, but killing ur own people? They shud arrest the father. He smacks right of insincerity. The wife may have been bullied cos I do believe the parts where Omar constantly abused her

    • Pink Panther
      June 18, 07:48 Reply

      Bullied to the extent she didn’t say a word of his intent to the authorities?

    • Handle
      June 18, 07:53 Reply

      “but killing your own people?”

      Striaght people kill other straight people everyday(might not be from self loathing but still killing your own people). Boko haram is down here killing it’s own people to send a message. And people had done worse. Murdering their immediate family and you think a gay person won’t kill other people bcos they share same sexuality.

      • ambivalentone
        June 18, 08:24 Reply

        After the common love for pussy or dick straight ppl exhibit, they are less connected than gay ppl. And I don’t think tribe, race or creed links them even.

        @Pinky Well, if Omar went to prison, she’d prolly av d evil cloud of his absence hovering over her head, dreading the day he is released. Too much evil than if he were totally removed from d eqn.,Wrong choice, but definitely self preserving

  3. Drone
    June 18, 09:23 Reply

    He hates the ways of the west and yet he grew up there. The west empowered him and that’s how he pays back? Smh. Why couldn’t he just go back to Syria or something

  4. Mr. Fingers
    June 18, 10:03 Reply

    why does his sexuality matter in this investigation? If he was gay the killings would be a crime,if he was not gay it would still be a crime.

    There is nothing he did in the past or was that would justify these killings.

  5. Delle
    June 18, 13:02 Reply

    I want to hear that Omar is being mutilated while he’s alive. His wife deserves to have a left rib plucked right out of her side torso and the useless father should be amputated alive. They don’t deserve the death sentence. I say no to quick death. Slow, painful, teeth-gnashing, steady death is what they deserve.
    Who cares if he was asexual? Mtcheew!

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