Man charged with break-in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s California Home and beating her husband with a hammer appears to have generated racist and often rambling posts online, including some questioning the 2020 election results, defending former President Donald Trump and repeat QAnon’s conspiracy theories.
David DePape, 42, grew up in Powell River, British Columbia, before leaving about 20 years ago to follow an elderly girlfriend to San Francisco. A street address listed for DePape in the Bay Area university town of Berkeley leads to a post office box at a UPS Store.
DePape was arrested at the Pelosi home early Friday. San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said she is expected to file multiple charges, including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and elder abuse.
Stepfather Gene DePape said the suspect lived with him in Canada until the age of 14 and was a quiet boy.
Gene DePape said: “David has never been as violent as I have seen and never got into any trouble even though he is very reclusive and plays too many video games.
He said he has not seen his stepchild since 2003 and has tried to contact him many times over the years without success.
“In 2007, I tried to get in touch, but his girlfriend hung up when I asked to speak to him,” Gene DePape said.
David DePape is known in Berkeley as a pro-nudity activist who has gone topless at protests against local ordinances requiring people to wear clothes in public.
Gene DePape said the girlfriend his son followed to California was named Gypsy and they had two children together. DePape also had a child with another woman, his stepfather said.
Photos released Friday by The San Francisco Chronicle show a nude DePape frolicking outside city hall with dozens of others at the 2013 wedding of pro-nude activist Gypsy Taub, who was in the middle of a wedding. marry another man. Taub did not return calls or emails on Friday.
A 2013 article in The Chronicle described David DePape as a “hemp jewelry maker” living in a Victorian apartment in Berkeley with Taub, who hosted a talk show on local public television called “Uncensored 9/11”, in which she appeared. Conspiracy theories are naked and promoted that the 2001 terrorist attacks were “an inside job.”
A pair of blogs posted online in recent months under the name David DePape contain protests about technology, aliens, communism, religious minorities, and global elites.
An entry on August 24 titled “Q,” displayed a collection of scientific memes that included photos of deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and mentions of QAnon, the conspiracy theory. baseless supporters of Trump endorse the belief that the country is run by a deeply rooted state of child sex traffickers, satanic pedophiles, and child cannibals.
“Big Brother has made your own research an ideological crime,” reads a post that appears to mix references to QAnon with the incestuous novel “1984.” by George Orwell.
In an August 25 entry titled “Gun Rights,” the poster wrote: “You no longer have the right. Your basic human rights hinder Big Brothers’ ability to enslave and control you completely and completely. “
WordPress web hosting service removed one of the websites on Friday afternoon for violates its terms of service.
On another one Locationsomeone posting under the name DePape repeated false claims about COVID vaccines and wearing masks, questioned whether climate change was real, and displayed an illustration of Hillary Clinton’s death The bird is eating human flesh.
There don’t seem to be any direct posts about Pelosi, but there are posts defending former President Donald Trump and Ye, the rapper officially known as Kanye West, who recently made controversial comments. against.
In other writings, the writer said Jews helped finance Hitler’s political rise in Germany and suggested that a conspiracy plot was linked to Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine.
In a September 27 post, the writer said that any journalist who denies Trump’s false claims about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election “should be dragged to the streets.” and shoot.”
AP Global Investigative Correspondent Michael Biesecker reported from Washington and Breaking News Investigative Correspondent Bernard Condon from New York. Correspondents Stefanie Dazio in Los Angeles, Olga Rodriguez in San Francisco and news researcher Jennifer Farrar in New York contributed to this report.
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