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August 7, 2012

Wade Michael Page in the Crosshairs?

Not that the symbolism counts for much, so deep is the horror and contempt for Wade Michael Page. Still, the inclusion of this photo on his My Space page could be seen to weigh on his own viability. Whereas his rampage is almost exclusively framed as a homicidal act, it seems apparent his action on Sunday was also a suicide. After his attack inside, he came out of the Temple and riddled a policeman with bullets before being killed by a police marksman.

Beyond the inflated number of hate symbols, including the swastika and two versions of his vaunted Celtic Cross, you have to wonder whether it was actually lost on Page that his head is in the crosshairs. And then, can you make out the word on the pad in the illustration on the table? Maybe it says “Knots?” If the word and the rest of the drawing is hard to make out, though, it seem fairly clear there’s a noose there, a reference to murder — but perhaps the symbol is more ambiguous than that. If homicidal rage is also self-hate displaced, the photo suggests Page’s prospects might not have been much better than those of his victims.

  • black_dog_barking

    I see a couple of clichés — holding one’s head high and looking down one’s nose. Both of which imply a sense of superiority by the subject. There’s also a sense that this photo is set in someone’s basement, probably Mr Page’s. Another cliché.

    • Michael Shaw

      Yes. And any thoughts as to what the object is off his right elbow?

  • 1st Paradox

    What an image. Crosshairs? Crown of thorns? Halo? Police still claim to be unsure of the “motive” of a white supremacist gunning down brown people. Why do we even have police? Oh, yeah: to pepper-spray peaceful protesters and taser the mentally retarded.

  • Bugboy

    As long as our citizenry lie to themselves about the cause of their ill state of being, and insist on blaming it on the “other”, we will continue to see evidence of this sort of madness in front of our own eyes. 

    As black_dog_barking mentions below in relation to Diablo III that is a similar dynamic among gamers, there is a pride in some sense of accomplishment that is only acknowledged by the peer group: white supremists.  Everything has meaning, everything is significant, to that peer group.  Dog whistle in a visual form.

  • marcsobel

    Remember it’s not sectarian violence, it’s faith based violence.

  • Ra

    Wearing what those in the military call “virgin glasses.” Nerd. His body should match the (penis) line that forms the line below the swastika, but he’s a soft-looking fat boy. Nerd. Like most of these Aryan types, he looks like a stereotyped Jew from a Coen Brothers movie – a young John Turturro could eat some Twinkies for a month and play him in a movie. Nerd. Whatever, bury the motherfucker.

  • Cactus

    The venue looks to be a garage or some sort of add-on outside of a house.  The siding and the corner angle on the left side.  Do people put siding in their basement?  Also the apparent window frames. 
    On other online copies of this photo, the drawing is a bit clearer and it could be a diagram of how to knot a noose.  The bottom (or side) of the drawing does look like a noose.  The box, just at his elbow, could be an ammo box, but there is the tip of an instrument behind the shelf so it could be some music accessories like pics or strings. 
    He does look pasty and squishy; the glasses fit perfectly.  He doesn’t look 40 so I wonder if this is an older photo. 

  • Andrew Wyatt

    The “Crosshairs” motif, I should point out, was also employed as a personal blazon by the Zodiac killer.

  • piss off

    How many other race “gang bangers” kill innocent bystanders everyday?

  • black_dog_barking

    Blowing it up ( the original image source may have more resolution, the online version is lightweight ) it’s hard to tell but it looks like a map, perhaps something related to a Dungeons and Dragons-type game. Doesn’t look like a rope / noose on my monitor. The map would be consistent with an individual prone to fantastic views of our shared universe. There’s an undercurrent of superiority attached to playing this type of game and I say that as someone with a level 60 character in Diablo III. Nothing wrong with this fantasy in small doses (or so I hope anyway). Like everything else there is a possibility of abuse …

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