The police investigated the suspect Jarrod Ramos in 2013 and concluded that he was not posing a threat while the newspaper did not want to pursue a lawsuit against him for fear of "sticking a stick in a hive," a police report Friday 1965.
Ramos, 38, was investigated this year following a spate of Twitter news for Gazette employees. But the newspaper did not want to file any charges or seek an injunction for fear of igniting the situation, the 2013 police report says.
"During this letter, the capital will not prosecute," detective Michael Praley wrote. "It was described as sticking a stick in a hive, which the representatives of the capital city newspaper do not want to do."
"From this letter, the capital pursues no charge, it is described as turning a stick into a hive What the agents of the Capital City newspaper do not want to do. "
Praley said in the report that he did not believe that Ramos" was a threat to the employees "in the newspaper found that Ramos had not tried to enter the building and had sent no "direct, threatening correspondence".
This week, Tom Marquardt, a former retired publisher of the newspaper, said he was talking to newspaper lawyers about finding an injunction in 2013, but not because he and others believed Ramos could do something worse.
"We have decided to bottom out," Marquardt said Friday.
"We have decided to go the way of laying down."
Ramos reportedly had a protracted resentment against the newspaper, which, according to the authorities on Thursday, was one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in US history. Ramos is accused of having killed three editors, a reporter and a salesman.
Laurel's husband, Md., Filed a libel case against the newspaper in 2012 after posting an article about him pleading guilty to molesting a woman who was his former schoolmate. One judge dismissed the case in 2014.
Ramos is said to have released furious, profanity-based tweets about the paper, its reporters and editors, often using the hashtag #CapDeathWatch.
Ramos is also associated with a 2011 Harassment case.
Brennan McCarthy, the lawyer representing the former classmate, said Ramos' offense against her is malevolent and it's the "worst case of harassment and stalking I've ever encountered," USA Today said.
Ramos's alleged victim, not mentioned in court documents, escaped from Maryland, McCarthy added, "I do not think she had a choice, he would have killed her."
"This guy was the most dangerous person I've ever dealt with in the court system, "McCarthy told the newspaper. He was not stupid … he knew how to cross the line "between terrifying people and threats that could put him in jail."
"This guy was the most dangerous person I ever dealt with. because this guy was smart.
McCarthy told USA Today that he, too, became the target of Ramos' anger when he started being the sister and family of Lawyer McCarthy was constantly worried that Ramos might come after one of his 19 nieces and nephews, according to the report.
"It was like a silent threat hanging out there," McCarthy said, "which is even worse because there is no legal mechanism that prevents this guy from doing something that he thinks he could do. The capital was in the same boat. They knew how dangerous he was. "
In 2015, Ramos allegedly tweeted that he did not want to release the paper, but" it would be nicer "for two of his journalists to" stop breathing. "
But Ramos & # 39; Online resentment seemed to disappear a while, until some new posts appeared just before the killings.
Investigators reviewed his social media postings and searched his apartment.
A Twitter account, as his
But one of the biggest unanswered questions is posed by Ramos after a two-minute silence.
A transcript from a hearing in his defamation case showed that Ramos was particularly worried that the newspaper article was reporting, he said : "You, leave me alone" to the woman who accused him of molesting.
The woman said she had not written it for months.
"That's wearing a kla Implication that something in my head is wrong, that I'm crazy. "Ramos told the judge.
Ramo's sent the same message on the day of the shoot on a Twitter feed he controlled.
"F — you, leave me alone," he wrote.
On the day of filming, McCarthy was not shocked when he discovered the news
"The moment I heard that the capital was being shot, I told my wife," This is Jarrod Ramos, "McCarthy told the United States Today. "It did not surprise me in the least, the only question was where he would come first: my house or her office."
"The moment I heard that there was a shooting in the capital, I said to my wife," This is Jarrod Ramos.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.