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The curious case of Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert G. Bowers

We are told that at 9:50 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018, a bearded, heavy-set white male armed with an assault rifle and three Glock handguns, burst into the Tree of Life Synagogue during Sabbath services in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Screaming “All Jews must die!,” Bowers shot and killed 11 people and wounded a half-dozen more, including four police officers, before surrendering.

The media say the “Sabbath services” the shooter interrupted was a “baby-naming ceremony”. Other accounts say “baby-naming ceremony” is a euphemism for bris or circumcision.

By 9:54 a.m., police began receiving calls from people barricaded in the building reporting the attack. At 9:59 a.m., police arrived at the synagogue. The gunman fired on police from the synagogue, wounding two officers.

At 10:30 a.m., tactical teams entered the building and were again fired upon by the gunman. Officers returned fire and wounded him, leading him to retreat to a room on the third floor of the synagogue. In the exchange of gunfire two SWAT members were also wounded, one critically.

At 11:08 a.m., the gunman crawled out of the room in which he was hiding and surrendered. As he received medical care in police custody, he allegedly told a SWAT officer that he wanted all Jews to die, and that Jews were committing genocide to his people, according to a criminal complaint filed in Allegheny County.

The shooting was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history, according to Wikipedia.

Those killed ranged in age from 54 to 97, with an average age of 74.

The suspect is Robert Gregory Bowers, born September 4, 1972, age 46, a resident of Baldwin, PA. He was arrested and charged with 29 federal crimes and 36 state crimes:

  • See the Department of Justice press release on his 44-count indictment here. Note that the DOJ refers to him as “Robert Bowers, 46, of Baldwin, Pa.”.
  • See the Western District of Pennsylvania’s Grand Jury indictment here.

Curiously, this shooting shares a characteristic with false-flag shootings in that the synagogue shooting had been preceded by an active shooter drill in a nearby Jewish community center. (See “Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was preceded by an active shooter drill; shooting used to silence AltMedia“)

The alleged lone shooter seems to be straight out of Hollywood central casting for a “far right” anti-Semitic monster. This is what Wikipedia says about Robert Bowers, with source footnotes:

Robert Gregory Bowers (born September 4, 1972),[4][5][52] a 46-year-old resident of Baldwin, Pennsylvania, was arrested as the suspected shooter.[53][54][55][56] He attended Baldwin High School in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District from August 1986 to November 1989. He then dropped out of high school and worked as a trucker.[57][58]

Neighbors described Bowers as “a ghost” and said that he rarely interacted with others.[53] He was reported to have been heavily involved in far-right websites such as Gab and had promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories online social media.[59]

Gab has been described as “extremist friendly”[60] for neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the alt-right.[60] Bowers’ Gab profile was registered in January 2018 under the handle “onedingo”, and the account’s description was: “Jews are the children of Satan (John 8:44). The Lord Jesus Christ [has] come in the flesh.” …[H]e criticized President Donald Trump for being a “globalist, not a nationalist”[67] and for supposedly being controlled and surrounded by Jews.[68] In another post, he wrote, “There is no #MAGA as long as there is a kike infestation.”[56] Other posts attacked African Americans with racial slurs and images related to lynching, and attacked women who have relationships with black men.[69] He also used his online accounts to post conspiracy theories regarding investor and philanthropist George Soros.[70]

…He claimed that Jews were aiding members of Central American caravans moving towards the United States border and to have referred to members of those caravans as “invaders”.[12]

…After the shooting, Gab suspended Bowers’ profile and pledged to cooperate with the criminal investigation.[61][66] Shortly after the attack, PayPal, Stripe, Joyent, and Medium pulled support for Gab, and GoDaddy, which the Gab domains were registered under, required Gab to relocate their domain name hosting to a different service in the wake of the shooting, effectively shutting Gab down in the short term.[73]

Note: As of today, Gab is still down. Read their message here.

Bowers was charged by the US Department of Justice with 29 federal crimes.[4][6][74]

The federal charges include eleven counts of obstruction of exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death, eleven counts of use of a firearm to commit murder during a crime of violence, four counts of obstruction of exercise of religious beliefs resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer, and three counts of use and discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence.[34][74][75][76]

The crimes of violence are based upon the federal civil rights laws prohibiting hate crimes.[76]

Bowers was also charged with 36 state criminal counts, including 11 counts of criminal homicide, 6 counts of aggravated assault, 6 counts of attempted criminal homicide and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.[4][6]

Bowers appeared in federal court in Pittsburgh on October 29, to hear the charges against him. His attorney was appointed by the court and he was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service without bail pending further hearings.[77] Bowers was indicted by the federal grand juryon October 31. The charges carry a maximum penalty of death or 535 years in federal prison.[78] On November 1, Bowers entered a plea of not guilty, “as is typical at this stage of the proceedings” his public defender said.[79]

The above account sounds pretty straight forward, doesn’t it? The only problem is this: The information we find on Robert Gregory Bowers doesn’t fit the official narrative.

Here are 7 things that are very strange about this shooting:

(1) There is no arrest of a 46-year-old male or of anyone in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police’s Incident Blotter for Saturday, October 27, 2018. See for yourself here. The Incident Blotter for Sunday, October 28, 2018, has no arrests in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, but an arrest of a 46-year-old male in the Bluff neighborhood for “Possession of Controlled Substance, Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence, Paraphernalia – Use or Possession”.

(2) Pittsburgh is in Allegheny County, PA. But Allegheny County Police News shows no arrest or crime committed in the county for October 27, 2018. Below is a screenshot I took of the web-page:

(3) However, according to the Butler Eagle, on October 30, 2018, Robert Bowers inexplicably was transferred out of Allegheny County Jail to Butler County Prison and will be held there “indefinitely” — “It was not immediately clear why Bowers, who faces 29 murder and federal hate crime charges, was transferred to Butler County.” Reportedly, Butler County Prison officials are angry because they had not been consulted about the move and found out about it hours after he had been transferred. Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger, who’s also a member of the county prison board,  told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “I’m not happy about it. I don’t think that it’s our responsibility to be housing him. He’s allegedly committed a heinous act, and I don’t think we should be responsible for him while he’s awaiting his trial.”

Here’s a screenshot of Bowers in Butler County Prison on Vinelink:

(4) I could find no Robert G(regory) Bowers, age 46, born on Sept. 4, 1972, a resident of Baldwin, PA, using two paid people search engines, Spokeo and Truthfinder. According to Spokeo, there are 258 people named Robert Bowers in Pennsylvania (there are duplicate names). Of those 258 Robert Bowers:

  • Three are 46 years old:
    • Robert Frances Bowers, of Philadelphia, PA.
    • Robert Lee Bowers Jr., of Mercer, PA. His Facebook pic shows he’s not the synagogue shooter.
    • Robert D. Bowers, most likely born August 1972 (but some sources show other potential dates, including Sept. 1972); has lived in Pittsburgh, PA since 1993; has the handle onedingo on Reddit; email addresses: onedingo@bellatlantic.net; rbowers@onedingo.com. Note: The driving distance between Pittsburgh, PA and Baldwin, PA is only 9 miles.
  • Seven have the middle initial G.:
    • Robert G. Bowers, born in September 1973, age 45, who lived in Elizabethtown, PA, from 2006 to 2016. His Facebook account says he now lives in Mount Gretna, PA.
    • Robert G. Bowers, age 53, lived in Reading, PA from 2000 to 2016.
    • Robert G. Bowers, age 70, lived in Maytown, PA from 1987 to 2016.
    • Robert G. Bowers, age 75, lived in Williamsport, PA from 1979 to 2008.
    • Robert George Bowers, age 89, lived in Elizabethtown, PA from 1985 to 2017.
    • Robert G. Bowers, age 95, lived in Mount Joy, PA from 2006 to 2008.
    • Robert G. Bowers, no age, lived in Pottsville, PA from 2005 to 2016; his relatives are Jeffrey R. Bowers, 42, and Julia Bowers.
  • None of the 258 Robert Bowers lives or lived in Baldwin, PA.
  • By the way, there is a Robert Bowers, age 37, whose middle name is Demon!

According to Truthfinder, of the 100 results for Robert Bowers in PA:

  • There is no Robert Bowers in Baldwin, PA.
  • There is one Robert Bowers, age 46:
    • Robert Duane Bowers, born January 25, 1972; lives in Wellsboro, PA; email addresses do not have the word “onedingo”.
  • There are four Robert G. Bowers, ages 45, 53, 64, and 76. The 45-year-old Robert G. Bowers is the same individual on Spokeo who lives in Mount Gretna, PA; had never lived in Baldwin, PA; and has the same Facebook account.

In other words, neither Spokeo nor Truthfinder found synagogue shooter Robert G. (for Gregory) Bowers, age 46, who was born in September 1972, and is a resident of Baldwin, PA.

The closest is Robert D. Bowers, age 46, for whom Spokeo found email addresses and a Reddit handle of “onedingo”. Recall that synagogue shooter Robert Gregory Bowers had used “onedingo” for his handle on Gab. But according to Truthfinder, Robert Duane Bowers, age 46, was born in January (not September) 1972, lives in Wellsboro, PA, and is not associated with the word “onedingo”.

To add to the confusion, the Associated Press had the synagogue shooter’s name as Robert D. Bowers (instead of Robert G. Bowers). The screenshot below is from the Washington Post:

(5) Who does this before shooting people? — As reported by CNN, just 5 minutes before he started shooting, Robert Bowers actually took the time to write on his Gab page: “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.” (HIAS is a Hebrew immigrant aid group.)

(6) Although the surname Bowers is Saxon in origin, Bowers is also a variation of Bauer. Bauer is a German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) surname, which means anti-Semite Robert G. Bowers may be Jewish.

(7) The average age of Bowers’ 11 victims was 74; the oldest victim was 97-year-old Rose Mallinger. Miles Mathis asks:

Why would everyone at a bris be so old? Why would Bowers target only the elderly? If you were angry at Jews, would you target a 97-year-old lady? …she is going to be dead soon anyway….

See also Vivian Lee’s post on Memory Hole Blog, “MAGAbomber and Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting: Mossad Connections?“.

H/t Flanders

~Eowyn

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Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was preceded by an active shooter drill; shooting used to silence AltMedia

It is said that false-flag mass shootings share certain characteristics, one of which is that the shooting was preceded by an active shooter drill at the place of the subsequent mass shooting or a nearby place.

And so it is with the mass shooting yesterday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood — a Jewish enclave — of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Eleven were shot dead, ranging in age from 54 to 97; the average age is 74.

Note: The Tree of Life Synagogue is at 5898 Wilkins Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

We are told that yesterday, at around 10 a.m., armed with an assault rifle and three Glock handguns and screaming “All Jews must die!,” Robert Bowers, 46, burst into the Tree of Life Synagogue during Sabbath services, shooting and killing at least 11 people and wounding a half-dozen more, including four police officers, before surrendering.

A rabid anti-Semite, Bowers was treated for gunshot wounds, incurred in a shootout with police. He has been arrested, and faces 29 federal courts and state charges. He’s expected to appear before a federal magistrate on Monday afternoon. (New York Post)

Here is the report by Emily Balser for TribLive on an active shooter drill planned for the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill, PA, on Thursday, January 25, 2018:

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County police along with the FBI will hold an active shooter drill Thursday night in Squirrel Hill.

The drill will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Ave.

Darlington Road will be closed from St. Edmund’s Way to Murray Avenue.

Residents may notice a large police presence in the area.

The exercise is closed to the public and the media.

The exercise is to ensure the area is prepared and ready to respond in an active shooter situation. The exercise will include apprehending a shooter, evacuations and treating victims at the scene.

At least 50 volunteers from the Squirrel Hill community and the Jewish Community Center staff will serve as role players for the exercise.

This Google map shows that the Tree of Life Synagogue is a 7-minute drive from the Jewish Community Center where the active shooter drill took place in January 2018.

The synagogue shooting is already used as a pretext to silence the Alternative Media, specifically Gab, a libertarian alternative to Twitter. Unlike Twitter, Gab does not censor speech, although Gab vehemently condemns acts of violence and terrorism.

Bowers has been active on social media, including Gab, where he calls himself @onedingo. His bio on Gab says “Jews are the children of satan. (john 8:44)”. (New York Post)

Upon learning of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter’s identity, Gab immediately took down Bowers’ page, but not before backing it up and sending it to the FBI.

For letting Bowers speak freely on Gab, first PayPal banned Gab, followed by Gab‘s hosting provider, Joyent, saying it will discontinue hosting Gab on Monday morning because of an unspecified “breach of the Joyent Terms of Service”.

But Facebook and Twitter aren’t facing any backlash although Bowers had accounts on both. Likewise, package bomber Cesar Sayoc was allowed to spout threats on Twitter for two years. Twitter suspended Sayoc only after he was arrested two days ago, on Friday, Oct. 26. (RT)

See also DCG’s post, “Twitter is “deeply sorry” for refusing to take down pipe bomb suspect’s tweet“.

In a tweet this morning, Gab says they’ve secured a new hosting provider.

Update (Oct. 29):

This morning, Gab issued this statement on its website:

Gab.com is under attack. We have been systematically no-platformed by App Stores, multiple hosting providers, and several payment processors. We have been smeared by the mainstream media for defending free expression and individual liberty for all people and for working with law enforcement to ensure that justice is served for the horrible atrocity committed in Pittsburgh. Gab will continue to fight for the fundamental human right to speak freely.

As we transition to a new hosting provider Gab will be inaccessible for a period of time. We are working around the clock to get Gab.com back online. Thank you and remember to speak freely.

See also:

Update (Oct. 31):

I highly recommend Vivian Lee’s outstanding post on Dr. James Tracy’s Memory Hole Blog, “Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting: Questions and Anomalies“.

~Eowyn

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