8 Most Disturbing Dylann Roof Quotes From His Confession and Trial
Dylann Roof was convicted in December 2016 of 33 federal charges, including murder and hate crimes - it has just been announced that he will face the death penalty.
On June 15th, 2015, white supremacist Roof, attended a service at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Assistant US attorney Jay Richardson said, “They welcomed a 13th person that night … with a kind word, a Bible, a handout and a chair,” during his closing argument. “He ad come with a hateful heart and a Glock .45.”
Roof opened fire, nine of the twelve people lost their lives, including the senior pastor, state senator Clementa C. Pinckney - the tragic incident is now known as the Charleston church massacre.
The following morning Roof was arrested and he confessed to committing the shooting in hopes of igniting a race war. During the trial that followed, he showed no remorse.
The following quotes from Roof are all very disturbing and the look into the mind of a cold blooded killer…
During the shooting:
Survivor Jennifer Pinckney heard Roof as he was shooting say:
“I’m not crazy, I had to do this.”
During his confessional statement:
“I just, I went to that church in Charleston and I did it, you know?”
When asked by investigators how many people he had killed - he replied:
“Five, not really sure. Maybe four?”
When asked he said anything to the victims before he started shooting - he replied:
“I didn’t say anything to them before. It was very fast.”
“I had to do it because … somebody had to do something, because black people are killing white people everyday - on the streets.”
“What I did is still minuscule to what they’re doing to white people every day. I do consider myself a white supremacist.”
“I don’t know how many people were in there or anything like that.”
Investigator: “If I told you nine people died - what would you say?”
“I wouldn’t believe you. There wasn’t even nine people there! Are you guys lying to me?”
Investigator: “Are you guilty?”
(laughing) “Yes… we all know I’m guilty.”
During the trial:
“I still feel like I had to do it. Anyone who hates anything in their mind has a good reason for it.”
When asked if he believed he was mentally fit:
“The point is, I’m not going to lie to you. I trust people I shouldn’t but other than that, there’s nothing wrong with me psychologically.”
Experts from notes he wrote days after the shooting - the following notes were read out in court:
“I am not sorry, I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed.
“I would like to make it crystal clear I do not regret what I did.”
“I do feel sorry for the innocent white children forced to live in this sick country and I do feel sorry for the innocent white people that are killed daily at the hands of the lower races. I have shed a tear of self-pity for myself.”
“I feel pity that I had to do what I did in the first place. I feel pity that I had to give up my life because of a situation that should never have existed.”
Nothing tears at our hearts like a story of stolen children, but something was not quite right with the tale a hysterical young woman told police over the phone on October 24, 1994.
The woman - who identified herself as twenty-three-year old Susan Smith - claimed she had stopped for a red light in downtown Union, South Carolina, when an armed black man approached the car and demanded she get out. When she did, Susan claimed the man had threatened her and then sped off in her car. Her two sons Michael (3) and Alexander (14 months) were asleep in their car seats during the entire incident.
Police were quick to respond to the case of Susan’s missing children, but soon there was reason to suspect the mousy housewife was not telling the truth; during interviews Susan would accidentally refer to her sons in the past tense (as if she knew they were already dead), did not appear to cry, and gave a very vague and disordered description of the man who hijacked the car.
Over nine days, Susan gave a series of very emotional television appearances where she pleaded to the ‘hijacker’ to return her sons safely. It was after her latest one on November 3, 1994, that police confronted Susan with the inconsistencies in her story, namely the fact she claimed she had stopped the car for a red light on the night of the hijacking. This was later proven to have been impossible, as the red light on that particular intersection only goes red if another car was approaching from the opposite direction - which wasn’t the case, as Susan had been very adamant that nobody had been on the street that night.
After repeated questioning, Susan Smith confessed to murdering her two sons. She told the police that she drove to a nearby lake intending to drown herself and her two children. After parking at the edge of the water and disengaging the brake, Susan claimed to have had a change of heart and got out of the car at the last second. Her two boys, trapped in their car seats, drowned as the car drifted out and filled with water. A search of the lake soon revealed Susan’s car resting on the bottom of the lake, with the bodies of her two children still inside. After her arrest a psychiatrist diagnosed her as a depressive personality, and that she killed her children during a psychotic episode. It later came out that Susan was having an affair with a married man before her sons deaths, and he told her they could not be together due to her sons, which caused Susan to snap.
Susan Smith was charged with two counts of murder and found guilty in October 1995. She was sentenced to life in prison and must serve thirty years before she is released.
Auditorium Building Stained Glass by Jeff Reuben Via Flickr: The Auditorium Building, now Roosevelt University, was the largest structure of its kind in America at the time of its completion in 1890. Designed by Dankmar Adler (1844-1900) and Louis H. Sullivan (1856-1924), the 4,237-seat theater, hotel, and office building earned a national reputation for their firm.
Source: Historic American Building Survey (HABS), Addendum to report No. ILL-1007
With direction from Sullivan, the windows were executed in 1889 by the renowned stained-glass firm of George Healy and Louis Millet, which won acclaim in Europe for its designs. It is also rumored that Sullivan’s protege Frank Lloyd Wright had a hand in the designs. Wright, who called Sullivan “master,” was his right-hand man before setting out on his own and had a particular interest in stained glass that continued throughout his career.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Artful Glass”, 27 November 2000