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Jeff Weise
Jeff Weise.jpg
Background information
Birth name Jeffrey James Weise
Born August 8, 1988
Minneapolis, Minnesota[1]
Died

March 21, 2005 (aged 16)
Red Lake, Minnesota, United States

Cause of Death Self-inflicted shotgun blast
Killings
Date March 21, 2005
Target(s) Red Lake Senior High School
Location(s) Red Lake, Minnesota, United States
Killed 9
Injured 5
Weapon(s) 40. caliber Glock 23 pistol
Ruger 22. caliber pistol
Remington 12 gauge shotgun

Jeffrey James Weise (August 8, 1988 – March 21, 2005) was an Ojibwa Native American high school student who murdered nine people and injured five others in a shooting spree on March 21, 2005 in the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Red Lake, Minnesota. Weise first murdered his grandfather and grandfather's companion at his home, and later killed five students, an unarmed security guard, and a teacher at Red Lake Senior High School. The shooting ended with Weise committing suicide.

Weise was avid on the Internet, leaving posts on websites such as nazi.org, offering public insight into his thoughts and the hardships in his life that led to his depression and fascination with dark imagery in the months and years prior to the shooting.

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Background

Jeff Weise was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota as the only son to Daryl Allen "Baby Dash" Lussier, Jr. and Joanne Weise. His parents were an unmarried couple who had separated before their son was born. Weise lived his first three years on the Red Lake Indian Reservation with his father and grandfather, before being reclaimed by his mother living in the Twin Cities area.

At age eight, his father had committed suicide in July 1997 after a day-long police standoff on the Red Lake reservation.[2] The senior Lussier had tried to intervene in the event, but failed to bring the standoff to a peaceful end. Jeff's mother was alleged to be a violent alcoholic. She suffered severe brain damage in an alcohol-related car accident in March 1999,[2] and was forced to live in a nursing home in Minneapolis. At the time of the accident, Jeff was living with his mother and two aunts (Tammy Lussier and Shauna Leann Lussier), and was forced to return to the Red Lake reservation after the accident happened. Weise expressed frustration with being forced to live on the reservation, where he was considered an outsider by many there.

He attempted suicide in May 2004, describing his experience in a post made on the website Above Top Secret:

I had went through a lot of things in my life that had driven me to a darker path than most choose to take. I split the flesh on my wrist with a box opener, painting the floor of my bedroom with blood I shouldn't have spilt. After sitting there for what seemed like hours (which apparently was only minutes), I had the revelation that this was not the path. It was my decision to seek medical treatment, as on the other hand I could have chose to sit there until enough blood drained from my downward lascerations on my wrists to die.

High school

Weise transferred from Ponemah Elementary School to Red Lake Senior High School in his freshman year. He was remembered as being withdrawn by those who knew him, and reportedly had a history of troublesome behavior at school. However his social studies teacher Wanda Baxter said, "[Weise] was a good listener like any other ordinary student. He was quiet but never a troublemaker."[3] Another teacher described Weise as "a pretty bright kid, but was lazy when it came to school."[4] According to reports, Weise was frequently bullied, although he usually did not respond to their taunts. He was known to wear a black trench coat and black clothing to school all year round, and was labeled a "Goth kid" by fellow students.[5][6] He was also known to have a notebook into which he drew what has been described by one of his friends as "evil and dark... stuff".[7]

In April 2004, the faculty at Red Lake Senior High School had been warned of someone threatening to "shoot up" the school on April 20, the date the Columbine High School massacre occurred. Weise was suspected of the threat, and was expelled from public schooling at the beginning of the following school year. He was later placed in a home-schooling program.

The massacre

On March 21, 2005, Weise killed a total of nine people. He first killed his grandfather, 58-year-old Daryl Allen Lussier, Sr., and Lussier's girlfriend, 31-year-old Michelle Leigh Sigana. Later he shot and killed seven people at Red Lake Senior High School, including one teacher and a security guard. Five other students were injured in the shooting. After briefly exchanging fire with police officers following the murders, Weise committed suicide.

The incident apparently began at home in the afternoon when Weise killed his grandfather and Sigana. Weise then drove his grandfather's patrol vehicle to the high school, propelling it into the building at around 2:45 p.m. CST. Wearing a reservation-police-issued bulletproof vest, likely taken from the stolen reservation police patrol vehicle, he shot a third victim, a security guard named Derrick Brun, immediately upon arriving at the school.

When the police first arrived, Weise briefly opened fire on them before proceeding into the building. Once inside, he was said to be "waving and smiling" as he shot students at random. An attempt to break into an English classroom was thwarted by a teacher who had taken the precaution of locking the door.

After finally being cornered in a classroom, Weise was believed to have exchanged fire with police officers and injured several of them. However, the police department stated that no officers had received any gunshot wounds. Weise then put the shotgun under his chin, and discharged a single round which killed him instantly. It was later discovered that Weise was shot twice, once in the leg and the other in his right arm, while exchanging gun fire with police.[8]

Weise and the internet

In online posts, Weise frequently dealt with the subject of zombies, under the pseudonym "Blades11". In a short story he published on the internet in early 2004, titled "Surviving the Dead" [9], he includes a detailed description of a school massacre from a victim's perspective, combining it with the theme of zombies. The story is bloody and crude in content and spelling. Grover's Mill, the town in Weise's story, was the site of the landing of aliens in Orson Welles's version of War of the Worlds. Weise also posted at Above top secret.com [10].

Another website he frequented was The Official Mars Website, the online headquarters for the San Francisco Bay Area Horrorcore rapper Mars, where the users are encouraged to post about music, murder, and suicide on its forums. Weise was described by friends and family as an obsessed fan of both Horrorcore music and Mars.

Weise also created violent Flash animations and posted them on the Internet (including Newgrounds) using the alias "Regret". One animation entitled Target Practice depicts an individual who shoots three people with an assault rifle, blows up a police car with a grenade, then shoots a Ku Klux Klan member. It ends when the character uses a handgun to shoot himself in the head. The animation is accompanied by the sounds of gunfire.

An early reviewer of the animation on Newgrounds wrote, "Umm... ok. Was that like a warning message? Hmm dude you need help badly", to which Weise replied, "Lol, you obviously can't tell the difference between Fantasy and reality. This cartoon was made for nothing more than Random violence, and believe it or not there's an audience out there that this appeals to. So don't try judging my Mental health based upon a simple animation, capisce?" Weise's Newgrounds profile also noted that two of his favorite films were Elephant and Zero Day, which were both based on and inspired by the Columbine High School massacre.

Weise's only other animation on Newgrounds was "Clown," in which a clown devours a young man's head, this scene shown only less than a second (Easily seen by watching frame by frame).[11]

Weise is also believed to have posted messages on the Neo-Nazi Internet forum of the Libertarian National Socialist Green Party under the aliases NativeNazi and Todesengel (German for "angel of death"). The posts revealed an admiration for the ideas of Adolf Hitler, and interests in persuading other Native Americans as to the merits of those ideas. He also had a fascination with the swastika. On one occasion, he fought with a pupil whom he referred to as a "Communist".

In one post, dated July 13, 2004, he claimed:

As a result of cultural dominance and interracial mixing there is [sic] barely any full blooded Natives left. Where I live less than 1% of all the people on the Reservation can speak their own language, and among the youth wanting to be black has run rampant...Under a National Socialist government, things for us would improve vastly… and that is why I am pro-Nazi. [12]

Another post read:

I try not to be aggressive in most situations, I'll use force if I have to, but I'm not about to go out and pick a fight. I'm mostly defensive, I'll defend myself if someone tries something but other than that I'm a peaceful person.

The posts were dated eleven months prior to the shooting, and as such it is not yet known if they are entirely relevant in understanding Weise's state of mind.

A LiveJournal account apparently created by Weise contained just three entries from December 2004 through January 2005. The weblog was customized to be rendered in black and white, and Weise expressed feelings in his few writings including a desire for change and salvation.

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Jeff Weise
File:Jeff
Background information
Birth name Jeffrey James Weise
Born August 8, 1988
Minneapolis, Minnesota[1]
Died March 21, 2005 (aged 16)
Red Lake, Minnesota, United States
Cause of death Self-inflicted shotgun blast
Killings
Date March 21, 2005
Target(s) Red Lake Senior High School
Location(s) Red Lake, Minnesota, United States
Killed 9
Injured 5
Weapon(s) 40. caliber Glock 23 pistol
Ruger 22. caliber pistol
Remington 12 gauge shotgun

Jeffrey James "Jeff" Weise (August 8, 1988 – March 21, 2005) was an Ojibwe Native American adolescent, and a student at Red Lake Senior High School in Red Lake, Minnesota. He murdered nine people and wounded five others in a shooting spree on March 21, 2005, in the Red Lake Indian Reservation located in northwest Minnesota. Weise first murdered his grandfather and grandfather's girlfriend at his trailer home in Red Lake, an unarmed security guard, a teacher and five students at Red Lake Senior High School. The shooting ended when Weise committed suicide.

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Life

Weise was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota,[1][2] the only child to 22-year-old Daryl Allen "Baby Dash" Lussier, Jr. and 18-year-old Joanne Weise, an unmarried Ojibwe couple from the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Red Lake, Minnesota. When he was three months old, his mother placed him in the care of his father who resided in Red Lake.[2] He was reclaimed by his mother when he was three years old, and resided with his mother, stepfather Stuart Desjarlait, half-sister Daphne Desjarlait and half-brother Sebastian Desjarlait in a trailer home in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area.[1][3][2][4] According to relatives, Joanne was a violent alcoholic, and Jeff endured physical and emotional abuse by his mother.[2][3]

His father committed suicide via shotgun wound to the head in July 1997, after a day-long standoff with the Red Lake Police Department in Red Lake.[3][4] The senior Lussier had attmpted to intervene in the event, but failed to bring the standoff to a peaceful end.

In March 1999, Joanne Weise suffered severe brain damage in a car accident, in which a tractor-trailer struck her car on a highway in Minneapolis. She and a first cousin were drinking alcohol while driving,[3] and the accident resulted in the death of her cousin and Joanne having to be committed to a nursing home in Bloomington, Minnesota.[3][4] Due to the accident, Jeff was placed in the care of his paternal grandfather, Daryl Allen "Dash" Lussier, Sr., on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Red Lake. He expressed frustration with being forced to live on the reservation, and believed that his life was beyond his control.

His depression provoked a suicide attempt in May 2004, describing his experience in a post made on the website Above Top Secret:

I had went through a lot of things in my life that had driven me to a darker path than most choose to take. I split the flesh on my wrist with a box opener, painting the floor of my bedroom with blood I shouldn't have spilt. After sitting there for what seemed like hours (which apparently was only minutes), I had the revelation that this was not the path. It was my decision to seek medical treatment, as on the other hand I could have chose to sit there until enough blood drained from my downward lascerations on my wrists to die.

Weise eventually confessed to his grandfather regarding the suicide attempt, and was committed to a psychiatric hospital in Thief River Falls, Minnesota in June. He underwent a psychiatric evaluation at the hospital to determine whether he was suicidal, and was released only three days later.[5]

High school

Weise attended Ponemah Elementary School in nearby Ponemah for fifth grade, and later Red Lake Middle School in Red Lake for sixth grade to eighth grade.[5] Weise was forced to repeat the eighth grade due to failing grades, and was enrolled in a special education program at the school called Learning Center. Teacher Downwind Grant recalled, "[Weise] didn't function academically. He just sat there and drew pictures of army people with guns. He was a talented artist, but he drew terrible, terrible pictures."[5]

In August 2003, Weise enrolled at Red Lake Senior High School in Red Lake. He was remembered as withdrawn by teachers and fellow students, and reportedly had a history of troublesome behavior at school. However his social studies teacher Wanda Baxter recalled, "[Weise] was a good listener like any other ordinary student. He was quiet but never a troublemaker."[6] Another teacher described Weise as "a pretty bright kid, but was lazy when it came to school."[7] According to reports, Weise endured frequent bullying by fellow students due to his physical appearance and for regularly dressing in all-black clothing.[4] In spite of this, he usually did not respond to their taunts. It is not clear, however, how much he was really bullied. Jeffrey himself said, "Because of my size and appearance people don't give me as much trouble as they would if I looked weak."[8] In spite of any bullying, several students remember Weise as being non-violent.[3] Sophomore student Cartera Hart was a close friend of Weise, and described him as "the only one I talked to about my problems. He was trustworthy, and he was always capable of understanding what I was going through."[3] Although he has sometimes been described as a loner, several students have testified that he possessed a great deal of friends.[9] He was known to wear a black trench coat and black clothing to school all year round, and was labeled a "Goth kid" by fellow students.[10][11] He was also known to have a notebook into which he drew what has been described by friend Sky Grant as "evil and dark... stuff".[12]

During a school pep rally in March 2004, Weise extended his right arm upward and recited the Nazi salute while students were reciting the national anthem of the United States.[3] He was sent to a school counselor for the offense, in which he professed far-right leanings and his admiration for Adolf Hitler.[3] In April, the faculty at Red Lake Senior High School had been warned of someone threatening to "shoot up" the school on April 20; Hitler's birthday and the date the Columbine High School massacre occurred five years earlier.[4] Weise was a prime suspect in the threat, and was expelled from Red Lake Senior High School in October 2004. For the following five months, Weise was enrolled in a home-schooling program for children residing on the reservation.

The massacre

On March 21, 2005, Weise killed a total of nine people. He first killed his grandfather, 58-year-old Daryl Allen Lussier, Sr., and Lussier's girlfriend, 31-year-old Michelle Leigh Sigana. Later he shot and killed seven people at Red Lake Senior High School, including one teacher and a security guard. Five other students were injured in the shooting. After briefly exchanging fire with police officers following the murders, Weise committed suicide via shotgun.

Weise and the Internet

According to reports, Weise spent vast amounts of time online.[4] In online posts, he frequently dealt with the subject of zombies, under the pseudonym "Blades11". In a short story he published on the internet in early 2004, titled "Surviving the Dead" [13], he includes a detailed description of a school massacre from the perspective of a victim, combining it with the theme of zombies. The story is bloody and crude in content and spelling. Grover's Mill, Minnesota, the "quiet town" in Weise's story, was the site of the landing of aliens in the radio version of War of the Worlds starring Orson Welles. Weise also posted at Above top secret.com [14].

Another website he frequented was The Official Mars Website, the online headquarters for the San Francisco Bay Area Horrorcore rapper Mars, where the users are encouraged to post about music, murder, and suicide on its forums. Weise was described by friends and family as an obsessed fan of both Horrorcore music and Mars.

Weise also created violent Flash animations and posted them on the Internet (including Newgrounds) using the alias "Regret". One animation entitled Target Practice depicts an individual who shoots three people with an assault rifle, blows up a police car with a grenade, then fatally shoots a Ku Klux Klan member. It ends when the character uses a handgun to shoot himself in the head. The animation is accompanied by the sounds of rapid gunfire.

early reviewer of the animation on Newgrounds wrote, "Umm... ok. Was that like a warning message? Hmm dude you need help badly," to which Weise replied, "Lol, you obviously can't tell the difference between Fantasy and reality. This cartoon was made for nothing more than Random violence, and believe it or not there's an audience out there that this appeals to. So don't try judging my Mental health based upon a simple animation, capisce?" Weise's Newgrounds profile also noted that two of his favorite films were Elephant and Zero Day, which were both based on and inspired by the Columbine High School massacre.

Weise's only other animation on Newgrounds was "Clown," in which a clown devours a young man's head, this scene shown only less than a second (Easily seen by watching frame by frame).[15]

Weise is also believed to have posted messages on the Neo-Nazi Internet forum of the Libertarian National Socialist Green Party under the aliases NativeNazi and Todesengel (German for "angel of death"). The posts revealed an admiration for the ideas of Adolf Hitler, and interests in persuading other Native Americans as to the merits of those ideas. He also had a fascination with the swastika. On one occasion, he fought with a pupil whom he referred to as a "Communist".

In one post, dated July 13, 2004, he claimed:

As a result of cultural dominance and interracial mixing there is [sic] barely any full blooded Natives left. Where I live less than 1% of all the people on the Reservation can speak their own language, and among the youth wanting to be black has run rampant...Under a National Socialist government, things for us would improve vastly… and that is why I am pro-Nazi. [16]

Another post read:

I try not to be aggressive in most situations, I'll use force if I have to, but I'm not about to go out and pick a fight. I'm mostly defensive, I'll defend myself if someone tries something but other than that I'm a peaceful person.

The posts were dated eleven months prior to the shooting, and as such it is not yet known if they are entirely relevant in understanding Weise's state of mind.

A LiveJournal account apparently created by Weise contained just three entries from December 2004 through January 2005. The weblog was customized to be rendered in black and white, and Weise expressed feelings in his few writings including a desire for change and salvation.

References

  1. ^ a b c Jeffrey Weise, The Ojibwe News (March 25, 2005)
  2. ^ a b c d Jeffrey James Weise obituary at Red Lake New News (March 25, 2005)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Reservation for Death by Kimberly Sevcik at Salon.com
  4. ^ a b c d e f Signs of Danger Were Missed in Troubled Teenager's Life by New York Times (March 23, 2005)
  5. ^ a b c Teen Red lake School Murderer Was on Prozac at rense.com (retrieved on June 24, 2010)
  6. ^ http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/22_ap_redlakesuspect/
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Langman, Peter. Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Page 122.
  9. ^ Langman, Peter. Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Page 122.
  10. ^ "Shooter is described as 'Goth kid'", Star-Telegram (subscription required)
  11. ^ Seattle Times: 15-year-old shooter "seemed lost in life", Seattle Times
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ http://writerscoven.yuku.com/forum/viewtopic/id/717
  14. ^ http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread128654/pg1
  15. ^ Editors (March 23, 2005) "School Killer's Animated Terror." Smokinggun.com
  16. ^ http://www.nazi.org/community/forum/YaBB.cgi?board=News;action=display;num=1088739253;start=8#8

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