November 30, 2015 4:03 pm -


Only a few pieces of the puzzle are available bout Robert Lewis Dear, but a few things are known.

In 1997, Dear’s then wife, Pamela Ross, once called the police to accuse him of domestic violence, The New York Times reported. Ross said that Dear could have flashes of anger, but usually he would later apologize.

Dear was politically conservative, religious, owned guns and believed that abortion was wrong — but he was not obsessed with any of these issues, Ross said.

“It never, ever, ever, ever crossed my mind” that he would be capable of a mass shooting, Ross told The Times. “My heart just fell to my stomach.”

…Dear also lived in South Carolina, where police released reports of at least seven times that he argued or fought with neighbors, including a “Peeping Tom” charge in 2002 that was dismissed.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.