‘There’s a Killer on the Road’

 

“There’s a killer on the road
His brain is squirmin’ like a toad”
— The Doors

The assault on Paul Pelosi is bringing out all the armchair detectives and grifters that are trying to use the attack to satisfy and reinforce their own political narratives. The attacker alone and no one else is responsible for his behavior.

As a former police officer, I found that the majority of mentally ill individuals I dealt with were receiving auditory messages rather than hallucinations. Drug users might be an exception depending upon the drug they were ingesting. Not all auditory input is disembodied voices. The internet provides any number of theories that can reinforce the delusions of the mentally ill.

Mentally ill individuals live in a world that is structured and has its own set rules. Their perceptions are delusional, but according to them, everyone else is delusional, not them. Some will never act out, others will. Some are careful planners, some are not. Some will be attracted to political beliefs; some will be attracted to celebrities. Some will kill and some will not.

I have met individuals that were on the verge of acting on their delusions, and I arrested one that had stabbed his roommate to death. He told me his roommate was a KGB agent and the CIA ordered him to kill his roommate.

I’m not going to delve into the depths of all those who seek some advantage into the assault of Paul Pelosi. I see the world as it is, not as I would like it to be.

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  1. Internet's Hank Contributor
    Internet's Hank
    @HankRhody

    Doug Watt: Mentally ill individuals live in a world that is structured and has its own set rules. Their perceptions are delusional but according to them everyone else is delusional not them.

    You calling me crazy? I’d go to a doctor if I could find one who wasn’t delusional.

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  2. Victor Tango Kilo Member
    Victor Tango Kilo
    @VtheK

    I think “armchair detectives” are asking some legitimate questions.

    How did a man half his age clad in underwear get into Paul Pelosi’s bedroom… while his wife was out of town … without setting off any alarms?

    Why did Paul Pelosi tell the police his assailant was “a friend?” 

    Why is the broken glass spraying outward from the patio door? 

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  3. Mark Camp Member
    Mark Camp
    @MarkCamp

    Doug,

    Outstanding article!

    Ricochet’s pool of real-world experience and expertise is broad and deep, and your knowledge is in there.  All of us, I think, appreciate your insights into current topics.

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  4. EJHill+ Podcaster
    EJHill+
    @EJHill

    According to one report, Pelosi told the perp he had to use the bathroom, went there and called 911 from his cell phone. If you’re an 82-year old man and have managed to put a lockable door between you and an “intruder,” why would you then rejoin him? 

    Something stinks like yesterday’s fish.

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  5. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt
    @DougWatt

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    I think “armchair detectives” are asking some legitimate questions.

    How did a man half his age clad in underwear get into Paul Pelosi’s bedroom… while his wife was out of town … without setting off any alarms?

    Why did Paul Pelosi tell the police his assailant was “a friend?”

    Why is the broken glass spraying outward from the patio door?

    I’ll wait for the DA’s Grand Jury report that includes evidence gathered from the police investigation.

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  6. Kevin Schulte Member
    Kevin Schulte
    @KevinSchulte

    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    I think “armchair detectives” are asking some legitimate questions.

    How did a man half his age clad in underwear get into Paul Pelosi’s bedroom… while his wife was out of town … without setting off any alarms?

    Why did Paul Pelosi tell the police his assailant was “a friend?”

    Why is the broken glass spraying outward from the patio door?

    I’ll wait for the DA’s Grand Jury report that includes evidence gathered from the police investigation.

    Ha ha ha.  And you think the most powerful woman in the United states will have no impute into this investigation ?

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  7. Victor Tango Kilo Member
    Victor Tango Kilo
    @VtheK

    Doug Watt (View Comment):
    I’ll wait for the DA’s Grand Jury report that includes evidence gathered from the police investigation.

    You trust the SFPD to honestly investigate this? For real? 

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  8. Columbo Member
    Columbo
    @Columbo

    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    I think “armchair detectives” are asking some legitimate questions.

    How did a man half his age clad in underwear get into Paul Pelosi’s bedroom… while his wife was out of town … without setting off any alarms?

    Why did Paul Pelosi tell the police his assailant was “a friend?”

    Why is the broken glass spraying outward from the patio door?

    I’ll wait for the DA’s Grand Jury report that includes evidence gathered from the police investigation.

     

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  9. Gary Robbins Member
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    I think “armchair detectives” are asking some legitimate questions.

    How did a man half his age clad in underwear get into Paul Pelosi’s bedroom… while his wife was out of town … without setting off any alarms?

    Why did Paul Pelosi tell the police his assailant was “a friend?”

    Why is the broken glass spraying outward from the patio door?

    I’ll wait for the DA’s Grand Jury report that includes evidence gathered from the police investigation.

    I think that it is amazing that a number of people at Ricochet have jumped to the conclusion that Paul Pelosi was injured by a male prostitute, without citing any authority for their assertions.  

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  10. Mark Camp Member
    Mark Camp
    @MarkCamp

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    Doug Watt (View Comment):
    I’ll wait for the DA’s Grand Jury report that includes evidence gathered from the police investigation.

    You trust the SFPD to honestly investigate this? For real?

    Like Doug, I’ll wait for the DA’s Grand Jury report that includes evidence gathered from the police investigation.

    This is either True or False:

    • The SFPD will honestly investigate this.

    By waiting for the report, will I get some honest, evidence-backed answers to my questions?

    • If and only if it’s True.

    Why will I wait for the report, then?

    • Because I may get them if I wait, and won’t get them if I don’t.
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  11. Columbo Member
    Columbo
    @Columbo

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    I think “armchair detectives” are asking some legitimate questions.

    How did a man half his age clad in underwear get into Paul Pelosi’s bedroom… while his wife was out of town … without setting off any alarms?

    Why did Paul Pelosi tell the police his assailant was “a friend?”

    Why is the broken glass spraying outward from the patio door?

    I’ll wait for the DA’s Grand Jury report that includes evidence gathered from the police investigation.

    I think that it is amazing that a number of people at Ricochet have jumped to the conclusion that Paul Pelosi was injured by a male prostitute, without citing any authority for their assertions.

    I think it is amazing that you did not criticize the President of the United States for jumping to the conclusion that this altercation was somehow related to January 6 and Republicans, without citing any authority for his assertions.

    Whatever happened to that so-called ‘moderate’ guy that was going to unite the country?!

     

     

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  12. Columbo Member
    Columbo
    @Columbo

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    I think “armchair detectives” are asking some legitimate questions.

    How did a man half his age clad in underwear get into Paul Pelosi’s bedroom… while his wife was out of town … without setting off any alarms?

    Why did Paul Pelosi tell the police his assailant was “a friend?”

    Why is the broken glass spraying outward from the patio door?

    I’ll wait for the DA’s Grand Jury report that includes evidence gathered from the police investigation.

    I think that it is amazing that a number of people at Ricochet have jumped to the conclusion that Paul Pelosi was injured by a male prostitute, without citing any authority for their assertions.

    Have you ever criticized a democrat for anything? You only find offense in things that are said on behalf of Republicans. Even if they are said in humor!

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  13. Mark Camp Member
    Mark Camp
    @MarkCamp

    Columbo (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    I think “armchair detectives” are asking some legitimate questions.

    How did a man half his age clad in underwear get into Paul Pelosi’s bedroom… while his wife was out of town … without setting off any alarms?

    Why did Paul Pelosi tell the police his assailant was “a friend?”

    Why is the broken glass spraying outward from the patio door?

    I’ll wait for the DA’s Grand Jury report that includes evidence gathered from the police investigation.

    I think that it is amazing that a number of people at Ricochet have jumped to the conclusion that Paul Pelosi was injured by a male prostitute, without citing any authority for their assertions.

    I think it is amazing that you did not criticize the President of the United States for jumping to the conclusion that this altercation was somehow related to January 6 and Republicans, without citing any authority for his assertions.

    I think it is amazing that you didn’t criticize the Houston Astros for stealing signals, when there was clear evidence that they did.

    Everyone, please raise your hand if you want to go next.  You can make up any whattabout you want. The more disconnected it is from the last one, the funnier!)

    Note: it just occurred to me that the term “whattabout” may have been banned by the CoC as being offensive.  If so, I apologize in advance, and will delete this Comment immediately I find out.  Note on Our Changing Language: I have been waiting to use immediately that way. It is so weird!  And the Brits do it all the time, or the intellectuals, I get them mixed up. Does it make me look smart?

    [TAGS: Good-Natured Ribbing of Our Beloved whattabouter Community]

     

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  14. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
    9thDistrictNeighbor
    @9thDistrictNeighbor

     

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  15. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    You’ve got to wait a few days for everyone to get their stories straight.

    A “friend” in his underwear after 2:00 AM.  Two hammers/one hammer. A MAGA Republican who makes hemp jewelry and lives in a house known locally as “the hippie compound,” just like all MAGA Republicans do.

    Oh, and the FBI is there to get to the bottom of it all, just as they did with the pee-pee tape, Jeffrey Epstein’s client list, and Hunter’s laptop.

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  16. Victor Tango Kilo Member
    Victor Tango Kilo
    @VtheK

    I guess it’s perfectly normal for a committed, heterosexual husband to have a man half his age in his bedroom at two in the morning in his underwear while his wife is out of town.

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  17. EJHill+ Podcaster
    EJHill+
    @EJHill

    Gary Robbins: I think that it is amazing that a number of people at Ricochet have jumped to the conclusion that Paul Pelosi was injured by a male prostitute, without citing any authority for their assertions.  

    Maybe, just maybe, all of those people in “authority” should not have lied to us over and over and over again and completely destroyed whatever trust we had in them in the first place. When it comes to the Federal Government and the news media, which of those two haven’t blatantly and repeatedly fed us bald face lies the last 20 years?

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  18. Victor Tango Kilo Member
    Victor Tango Kilo
    @VtheK

    Columbo (View Comment):
    Have you ever criticized a democrat for anything? You only find offense in things that are said on behalf of Republicans. Even if they are said in humor!

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  19. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt
    @DougWatt

    Some questions I have:

    How did someone who lives in the East Bay make the trip to the Pelosi home in his underwear?

    Taking an Uber or public transport in your underwear is going to attract some attention.

    Are the investigators looking for his vehicle in the Pelosi neighborhood?

    Did they find his clothing in the Pelosi household?

    Did they find his clothing on the patio outside the door he entered?

    Did the hammer belong to him, or do the Pelosi’s leave a hammer laying around in plain view?

    Did Paul Pelosi confront the attacker with a hammer that they own?

    If he was an invited guest, why smash a glass door to get into the house?

    Does Paul Pelosi have the attackers phone number in his list of contacts?

    Lots of question that I cannot answer, nor can the media.

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  20. Columbo Member
    Columbo
    @Columbo

    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Some questions I have:

    How did someone who lives in the East Bay make the trip to the Pelosi home in his underwear?

    Taking an Uber or public transport in your underwear is going to attract some attention.

    Are the investigators looking for his vehicle in the Pelosi neighborhood?

    Did they find his clothing in the Pelosi household?

    Did they find his clothing on the patio outside the door he entered?

    Did the hammer belong to him, or do the Pelosi’s leave a hammer laying around in plain view?

    Did Paul Pelosi confront the attacker with a hammer that they own?

    If he was an invited guest, why smash a glass door to get into the house?

    Does Paul Pelosi have the attackers phone number in his list of contacts?

    Lots of question that I cannot answer, nor can the media.

    Nor will the media. Or biased LEOs.

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  21. Zafar Member
    Zafar
    @Zafar

    According to this story there was only one hammer:

    https://www.pahomepage.com/news/national-news/who-is-david-depape-pelosi-attack-suspect-reveled-in-conspiracy-theories/amp/

    Is the ‘male prostitute’ thing Republicans shaping the narrative?

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  22. Paul Stinchfield Member
    Paul Stinchfield
    @PaulStinchfield

    Doug Watt (View Comment):
    Some questions I have:

    The 72 Hour Rule applies. Initial news reports are often full of errors and missing key details.

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  23. Paul Stinchfield Member
    Paul Stinchfield
    @PaulStinchfield

    EJHill+ (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins: I think that it is amazing that a number of people at Ricochet have jumped to the conclusion that Paul Pelosi was injured by a male prostitute, without citing any authority for their assertions.

    Maybe, just maybe, all of those people in “authority” should not have lied to us over and over and over again and completely destroyed whatever trust we had in them in the first place. When it comes to the Federal Government and the news media, which of those two haven’t blatantly and repeatedly fed us bald face lies the last 20 years?

    A lot more than 20 years.

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  24. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
    DaveSchmidt
    @DaveSchmidt

    I am concerned what this episode might mean regarding my right to own and, if I choose to, carry a hammer.  

    Will I have to pass a criminal check?  Will I have to store my hammers in a locked cabinet?  Will I have to remove the handle between uses?  Will all electric and pneumatic nailers be outlawed?  

     

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  25. Paul Stinchfield Member
    Paul Stinchfield
    @PaulStinchfield

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    I am concerned what this episode might mean regarding my right to own and, if I choose to, carry a hammer.

    Will I have to pass a criminal check? Will I have to store my hammers in a locked cabinet? Will I have to remove the handle between uses? Will all electric and pneumatic nailers be outlawed?

    America needs sensible Canadian nudist control laws.

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  26. Columbo Member
    Columbo
    @Columbo

    Zafar (View Comment):

    According to this story there was only one hammer:

    https://www.pahomepage.com/news/national-news/who-is-david-depape-pelosi-attack-suspect-reveled-in-conspiracy-theories/amp/

    Is the ‘male prostitute’ thing Republicans shaping the narrative?

    The only place that I have even seen a comment about a ‘male prostitute’ thing is by you and @garyrobbins. I find that to be fascinating.

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  27. Columbo Member
    Columbo
    @Columbo

    Columbo (View Comment):

    Zafar (View Comment):

    According to this story there was only one hammer:

    https://www.pahomepage.com/news/national-news/who-is-david-depape-pelosi-attack-suspect-reveled-in-conspiracy-theories/amp/

    Is the ‘male prostitute’ thing Republicans shaping the narrative?

    The only place that I have even seen a comment about a ‘male prostitute’ thing is by you and @ garyrobbins. I find that to be fascinating.

    Or perhaps, illuminating.

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  28. MarciN Member
    MarciN
    @MarciN

    Percival (View Comment):
    You’ve got to wait a few days for everyone to get their stories straight.

    Exactly! :) :) :)

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  29. Zafar Member
    Zafar
    @Zafar

    Columbo (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):

    Zafar (View Comment):

    According to this story there was only one hammer:

    https://www.pahomepage.com/news/national-news/who-is-david-depape-pelosi-attack-suspect-reveled-in-conspiracy-theories/amp/

    Is the ‘male prostitute’ thing Republicans shaping the narrative?

    The only place that I have even seen a comment about a ‘male prostitute’ thing is by you and @ garyrobbins. I find that to be fascinating.

    Or perhaps, illuminating.

    I am completely a conspiracy buff, happy to own it.  But I think you may have missed a post on member’s feed. 

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  30. Jim George Member
    Jim George
    @JimGeorge

    Columbo (View Comment):

    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    I think “armchair detectives” are asking some legitimate questions.

    How did a man half his age clad in underwear get into Paul Pelosi’s bedroom… while his wife was out of town … without setting off any alarms?

    Why did Paul Pelosi tell the police his assailant was “a friend?”

    Why is the broken glass spraying outward from the patio door?

    I’ll wait for the DA’s Grand Jury report that includes evidence gathered from the police investigation.

     

    Glad to see my favorite meme is, as they say inside the Beltway, “gaining traction”! Here it is with caption and I have found it helpful as an insert during discussions prompted by one of the chief Never Trumpers on Ricochet:

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