On Christmas Day, an RV blaring Petula Clark’s 1964 hit song “Downtown” puttered through the streets of downtown Nashville. At around 6:30 a.m., it exploded, damaging more than 40 businesses including an AT&T facility and injuring three people.
Its driver, who is believed to be Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, died in the blast. Tragically, authorities found dog remains alongside Warner’s at the blast site, according to PopCulture.
Nashville Bomber Believed in ‘Lizard People’
Now law enforcement sources are saying that Warner believed in “lizard people” conspiracy theories, had hunted for aliens and may have also been afraid of 5G technology.
Acquaintances of Warner’s reportedly got packages from him, postmarked before the explosion, that contained lengthy nine-page letters and thumb drives.
“We’re aware the suspect sent materials which espoused his viewpoints to several acquaintances throughout the country,” FBI Special Agent Jason Pack said in a statement, according to Reuters.
The letters detail conspiracy theories on everything from the Moon landing to the Sept. 11 attacks. They also delve into the idea that incognito lizard people are controlling the planet after altering human DNA and implanting a switch into people’s brains so they could infiltrate the population without being noticed.
“Hey Dude, you will never believe what I found in the park,” one such letter begins, according to CBS. It goes on, “The knowledge I have gained is immeasurable. I now understand everything, and I mean everything from who/what we really are, to what the known universe really is.”
Authorities Still Searching for Clues
Law enforcement officials have been combing through Warner’s devices for a clue as to his motive for the attack. They are interested in Warner’s previous trips to a site in Tennessee outside Nashville. He would drive there in his RV and hunt for aliens, officials told NBC.
Warner had a girlfriend who told police over a year before the blast that he was building bombs in his RV. Officers visited Warner’s house, but he didn’t answer the door, and instead of pursuing the warnings, they took Warner’s girlfriend to the hospital for psychological evaluation.
Warner was reportedly behaving extra strangely in the days leading up to the blast, per Fox News. He told his boss he was retiring from his job as an information technology consultant. Then he claimed he had cancer and gave away his car. He also transferred the deed to his house.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch said this week that Warner had not been on their radar prior to the bombing.