nathan gale


Photographs from the crime scene of Nathan Gale, who opened fire in a club during a heavy metal show. He began shooting during the performance of Damageplan, which featured Dimebag Darrell Abott who was an old member of the famous band Pantera. Allegedly Gale shouted out something about Pantera prior to the shooting, he was a known Pantera fan and it is thought that the break up of the band three years earlier may have been some form of motivation for the crime.

In total he killed four people, including the guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Gale himself was killed at the scene, after a police officer shot him in the face with 12 gauge shot-gun.


On December 8, 2004, [Dimebag Darrell] Abbott was shot onstage while performing with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. The gunman, Nathan Gale,shot Abbott three times in the head using a 9mm Beretta 92FS handgun;the third shot killed him instantly. Gale continued shooting, killing three others and wounding a further seven. Gale fired a total of fifteen shots, stopping to reload once and remaining silent throughout the shooting.

Early theories of motive suggested that Gale might have turned to violence in response to the breakup of Pantera, or the public dispute between Abbott and Pantera singer Phil Anselmo, but these were later ruled out by investigators.Another theory was that Gale believed Abbott had stolen a song that he had written.In the book, A Vulgar Display Of Power, several of Gale’s personal writings, given to the author by his mother, suggest that the gunman was not angry about Pantera’s breakup or a belief that Pantera had “stolen songs”; instead, the documents suggest that Gale’s paranoid schizophrenia caused delusions that the band could read his mind, and that they were “stealing” his thoughts and laughing at him.


“Hope is a mistake. If you can’t fix what’s broken, you’ll go insane.”

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Still Into You (Proposal) || Rockin

The car arrived, the Miami sun bearing down, but not harsh, skies clear and the most brilliant blue to rival the sea.  Rock’s steps were slow, inching towards destiny when all he wanted to do was run, but there would be time for that later.  Taking a steadying breath he worried the hem of his shirt, fingers playing with the thread as the gravel crunched beneath his feet with each step.  His feet bore him closer, hands shaking as he gripped the handle of the door, hearing the lock unlatch and open.  His breath caught, mouth quirking into a smile as his eyes alit on Robin.  The man was gorgeous, of that there was no doubt, but even today, not knowing yet what was about to happen, Rock felt like it was the most handsome he’d ever seen his boyfriend.  Boyfriend, in a few minutes, hopefully, he wouldn’t be that anymore, title replaced by that of fiancé.

Robin was blindfolded, a feat he wasn’t sure how Gale had managed to pull off, but he nodded a silent thank you to him as Robin’s door swung open.  His hand shot out, grasping Robin’s outstretched palm, holding it lightly and helping his man out of the car.  They were right by the stairs, and he began to lead Robin up them slowly, carefully. 

As they moved out of the walkway, reaching the last step and hitting solid ground, Rock heard the opening notes playing, signaling to Rafa and the rest of Savages that he was ready.  His hands reached up to pull off the blindfold, smiling at Robin sweetly.  Words weren’t needed; not yet, right now he wanted to communicate with Robin the way he knew best, through song.

“Can’t count the years on one hand
That we’ve been together” 

At his words, his fingers slid between Robin’s again, tugging him along gently, their steps echoing lightly across the small amphitheater as he lead him closer to the bottom section.

“I need the other one to hold you
Make you feel, make you feel better”

With his other hand, Rock caressed Robin’s cheek, walking backwards, hips swaying to the beat as he sang, eyes locked with Robin’s pouring his heart and soul into the song even on the opening lines.

“It’s not a walk in the park
To love each other”

He sang, almost skipping in his excitement, leading Robin forward.

“But when our fingers interlock,
Can’t deny, can’t deny you’re worth it”

Their hands clenched a little, giving him a little squeeze, the last bit of pressure before letting them slip apart, Rock, backing up the steps away from Robin.

“'Cause after all this time I’m still into you”

He raised his hands, pointing them both at Robin as the words left his lips, marking him and acting as a signal for the others.  The dance started in earnest then, the others jumping up from their spots, twirling umbrellas, the ones on the left with rocks and boulders painted on them, those on the right with robins situated around the fanning, both with faint butterflies littered around the design.  After Robin was sure to have seen them, even in his shock, the umbrellas were folded down, spun by their handles as Rock prepared the chorus.

“I should be over all the butterflies
But I’m into you (I’m into you)
And baby even on our worst nights
I’m into you (I’m into you)”

The dancers swirled around them, Rock joining their movements and doing his own in turns, never taking his eyes from Robin.

“Let ‘em wonder how we got this far
'Cause I don’t really need to wonder at all
Yeah, after all this time I’m still into you”

The end of the line was Rock pointing straight at Robin and winking, smiling before turning to run up the stairs, reaching the top where the band was playing.

“Recount the night that
I first met your mother”

When those words came out, Robin’s mother, Victoria, danced out from behind the entrance at the top, Rock spinning her around a bit, doing some salsa moves Robin had once taught him, before passing her off to Gale who had appear form the opposite wall.

“And on the drive back to my house
I told you that, I told you that I loved ya”

Rock swiveled his hips, laughing as he belted out the words, wondering whether Robin would be surprised.  Sure he’d sang for Robin before, but rarely did he use his full singing voice, loud enough to be heard over the band without a microphone. 

“You felt the weight of the world
Fall off your shoulder”

When he reached the other side again, he walked between his family, Chip and Rich, an arm around each of their shoulders, swinging himself between the two and jumping off to sprint back to the middle of the steps.

“And to your favorite song
We sang along to the start of forever
And after all this time I’m still into you”

Slowly Rock began walking back down the stairs, passing Robin as he sang, fingers brushing against his arm and a coy smile playing at his lips.  Hearing the beat of the drums, Rock and the others began jumping in unison, spinning around once and throwing his hands up for the next chorus.

“I should be over all the butterflies
But I’m into you (I’m into you)”

As their hands flew up, from behind them, underneath the balcony, swarms of butterflies were released, hundreds he’d had shipped in just for this occasion.  They flew up, wings flapping in the air, creating a dizzying sight as a backdrop for Rock and the others, their roiling hues and colors creating a kaleidoscope of color.

“And baby even on our worst nights
I’m into you (I’m into you)”

The dancers began to circle Rock now, him spinning counter to their direction, all the while still focused on Robin.

“Let 'em wonder how we got this far
'Cause I don’t really need to wonder at all
Yeah, after all this time I’m still into you”

Rock swaggered forward as he sang, friends still dancing along behind him, Noah, Candice, Lincoln, Kasper, Max, Jake and many hired dancers.  When he hit the last words of the section, the circle behind him split into two lines, crisscrossing in front of him and then around Robin, forming a moving circle around them.

“Some things just, some things just make sense
And one of those is you and I (Hey)
Some things just, some things just make sense
And even after all this time (Hey)”

As the group coiled around them, Rock got close, singing lower and directly to Robin, kissing him before turning him around as he walked back around him. 

“I’m into you, baby, not a day goes by
That I’m not into you”

The words fell from his lips as he sang to Robin, each word stronger than the last, filled with all the emotion that had been building up, crescendoing as they got closer to the end.  As he turned to move back just a bit he saw Georgie and Jason taking photos and filming respectively and smiled, loving that Robin will be able to look back and see anything he missed while the shock of it tall was going on.  The rest of their friends and dancers held up sparklers, swaying about, slowly inching closer to them again.

“I should be over all the butterflies
But I’m into you (I’m into you)”

Synching to the beat, Rock thrust his hands into the air in time with it, like he was playing the drums.  As the lyrics started back up, colored smoke, the best approximation of fireworks for the day time, erupted above their heads in a rainbow of colors.

“And baby even on our worst nights
I’m into you (I’m into you)
Let 'em wonder how we got this far”

Rocks arms opened as he sang, and then closed back to his heart as he looked at Robin.  This was it, only a few more lines, he was nervous, but the energy of the song and the love he radiated for Robin would carry him through, he knew that.  Pointing at all their friends as the words came out, he looked back at Robin.

“'Cause I don’t really need to wonder at all
Yeah, after all this time
I’m still into you”

This was it, hardly any time left, he took a step down the stairs, and then another.  Each one bringing him closer to his future, his destiny, his love.  The only love he ever knew, and the only one he wanted to know for the rest of eternity.

“I’m still into you”

He got slower, still approaching, the whole world, all their friends and family, Nathan, Jason, Max, Gale, Rafa and the rest of the band, Chip, Victoria, Candice, Kasper, Georgie, Noah, Lincoln, Jake, Ryder, Dallas, Richard, everyone, fading away, until only he and Robin were there.  Even though he felt their eyes on him, it was just he and Robin in this moment.

“I’m still into you.”

The last words were like a whisper as he caressed Robin’s face one more time as he stood in front of him.  “Robin, you are my everything, I’ve told you before, made sure everyone we knew understood that.  Today though, in front of everyone we know, on our anniversary, I want to reiterate how much I love you.  A simple song could never do you justice, could never convey how my heart leaps when I see you, the way I still get butterflies in those scant moments before your lips meet mine.  I never want to stop feeling that way, and I’m sure I won’t.  You won’t let me, because your love is the sun that gives me life, the moon that lights my path through the dark, the gravity that keeps me tied to the earth.  I never knew it was possible to love so fiercely, so bravely and with abandon, to give all of myself and expect nothing in return, but to also expect everything.  You’ve made this possible, you’ve saved my life countless times and I’m sure you’ll do it countless times again.  And for all that I could love you, and I do, but when it comes down to it, there isn’t one reason, even a hundred reasons I love you.  I just do, with every fiber of my being, with every breath and every waking moment I want to exult in our love, watch it burn brightly even into old age and never wither, never be snuffed out, because ours is an eternal love, and you will never be without me, and I never without you.  So, Robin Castellon,” he began to conclude the speech, kneeling down and pulling the box from his pocket, easing it open as the next words came out.  “Would you do me the most amazing honor of being mine forever?  Of standing up in front of everyone we love, everyone we know and committing to be with me forever?  Robin Castellon, will you marry me?”  He looked up with hopeful eyes, unable to contain the sheer joy spreading across his face as he stared into the eyes of the man he loved more than words could ever say.


Illustrator and Artist, Reid Kikuo Johnson