The grieving father of Amanda Miller, one of the two attackers in the Las Vegas shooting that left five dead this weekend, said in an interview published late Monday that his son-in-law, Jerad Miller, drew his daughter into the “patriot” movement and isolated her from the rest of her family.
“He was into all this ‘patriot nation’ and conspiracy theory stuff, and the next thing I know her phone was getting shut off and she was getting isolated from us,” Todd Woodruff, Amanda’s father, told the Los Angeles Times. “The whole world was against him and he was just, he was just nuts. He got kicked out of his family’s house; they wouldn’t talk to him. It was just that far out.”
“She said there was something out there,” he added of Amanda. “Some movement she wanted to be a part of.”
Woodruff also said that he “puked his head off” before Amanda married Jerad and strongly opposed the marriage.
“I didn’t even want to be there,” he told the Chicago Tribune of Jerad and Amanda’s wedding. “The only reason I was there was because I wanted to walk my daughter down the aisle for the first time. But I puked my head off in the bathroom beforehand because I so didn’t want her to marry him.”
“She just said, ‘I love him, Dad,’“ he said. “I told her, ‘If you really love him that much, I’ll try to put up with him. But if I ever see a mark on you from him, I’ll kill him.”
Woodruff said he talked to Amanda just a few days before the attack and got no sense that something was wrong.
“I talked to her Friday for the first time in about a month and she seemed happy and fine and everything,” he said. “And then the police show up at 7 o’clock this morning and told us what happened.”
“She was my sunshine and now she’s gone, and I just don’t think that I’ll be able to get over it,” he said. He added in reference to Jerad: “That son of a bitch took my sunshine. He ought to be glad he’s dead or else I’m chasing him down.”