Told police he attacked the clinic in Colorado Springs because he was upset that the women’s health organization for “the selling of baby parts”
Robert Dear, the man who has confessed to killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic in November, idolized a fellow right-wing extremist who killed a Florida reproductive health doctor more than two decades earlier.
Dear told police he attacked the clinic in Colorado Springs because he was in a fit of rage over propagandist videos released last July claiming that the organization allegedly selling baby parts, which has been proven false by numerous independent investigations. Dear also told investigators that he put glue in the locks of an abortion clinic when he lived in South Carolina.
As first reported by the Associated Press, the documents were unsealed and made publicly available Monday. Judge Gilbert Martinez initially had fought to keep the documents sealed, saying the media and public do not have a First Amendment right to access court documents, but later reversed his position. The records include Dear’s arrest and search warrants along with statements made to law enforcement throughout the investigation.
The documents show that Dear had held a lifelong radicalized ideology towards reproductive rights. He spoke extensively of his admiration for Paul Hill, a former minster who was executed in 2003 for the fatal shootings of abortion provider Dr. John Bayard Britton and his bodyguard, retired Air Force officer James Herman Barrett, in Pensacola, Florida.
As he talked often about Hill, Dear told police he dreamed he would be “met by all the aborted fetuses at the gates of heaven and they would thank him for what he did because his actions saved lives of other unborn fetuses.”
Dear has been charged with 179 criminal charges, including murder, attempted murder, and asssault in the November 27 attack. He held police at bay for more than five hours at the clinic and injured nine others in addition to the three fatal shootings.
A police officer from the University of Colorado, Colorado Spring was among those killed. The clinic Dear attacked in Colorado Springs has since reopened.