We were looking at this story earlier today but held off addressing it because it wasn’t clear whether it was tied to the victim’s political beliefs. But it seems it was.
Harlan James Drake, 33, is suspected of shooting Jim Pouillon, a 63 year old anti-abortion activist and Michael Fuoss, 63. Witnesses at the Pouillon shooting gave police a license plate number and description that quickly led them to Drake who then admitted he’d also murdered Fuoss about an hour earlier.
Drake apparently planned a third murder against an unidentified victim but was arrested before he had a chance to carry it out.
What makes this brutal story so odd and almost surreal is that Drake apparently had a unique set of grievances against each victim. Some personal, some political. According to police, Drake was “offended by the manner of Mr Pouillon’s message.” Pouillon was well-known in the community for frequently protesting outside local schools and churches with graphic photos of aborted fetuses. Meanwhile, Drake’s father had once worked at Fuoss’s Gravel company. So presumably his beef with Fuoss was familial, personal.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.