Dylann Roof was convicted last month 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 had 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.”
Exerts 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 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.”