“I don’t know that Bundy was motivated by any hatred for women.”
In the Atlanta metro area just days ago, a man killed eight others in a shooting rampage across several massage parlors and day spas, all of them owned or operated by people of Asian descent. At a time when violence against Asian Americans is spiking at an alarming rate, many believed that the perpetrator was motivated at least in part by racial animus. However, at a press conference yesterday, Cherokee County Sheriff Capt. Jay Baker told reporters that according to the shooter, he was not motivated by hatred of Asians, but instead was driven to do it by his sexual addiction.
That Baker and his fellow sheriff’s deputies would accept the suspect’s claims of motive at face value is eyebrow raising enough, however, it was how Capt. Baker chose to describe the situation as a “bad day” that really set the Internet on fire.
“He was fed up, at the end of his rope…yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did,” Baker told reporters, outraging millions of people on social media.
What some might be surprised to learn, however, is that Capt. Baker has used the phrase “bad day” when describing other horrific murders.
Back in 1989, when serial killer Ted Bundy was executed, Baker was interviewed for a news magazine show. Shortly before being put to death, Bundy admitted that he had killed thirty women, some of whose names he didn’t even know. When asked about the Bundy case, Baker gave a strikingly similar description of the situation that he used with the Atlanta day spa killings.
“Well, I don’t know that Bundy was motivated by any hatred for women,” Baker said. “But it seems like he was a little fed up and maybe at the end of his rope. And he had thirty bad days for him, and that’s what he did.”
After finishing his answer, Baker gave a shrug and looked right into the camera, turning his head as he did so.
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