Hitler Speech Found at Baton Rouge Murder Suspect's Home: Investigator

Cheryl Sanders
September 20, 2017

Kenneth Gleason is now charged with two counts of first degree murder for the killings of two black men last week in Baton Rouge.

According to the Associated Press, however, law-enforcement officials searching Gleason's home over the weekend uncovered a copy of an Adolf Hitler speech, so. there's that.

Gleason, 23, was charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of 59-year-old Bruce Cofield and 49-year-old Donald Smart. In each case, the killer opened fire from his vehicle, then walked up to the victim as he lay on the ground and fired again repeatedly, police said.

The two shootings happened last week on Florida Blvd. near North Acadian and Alaska Street in Old South Baton Rouge. Authorities said they have also collected other circumstantial evidence. It was not clear if Gleason knew the family.

"We're not completely closed off to that", Baton Rouge Police Sgt. L'Jean McKneely told reporters Tuesday.

Just prior to the news conference announcing the arrest and charges against Gleason, he was walked from the Violent Crimes Unit to a police auto and driven to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for booking. "We're looking at all possibilities at this time, so we're not going to just pinpoint that".

Gleason, who was seen wearing what appeared to be a T-shirt for the Boy Scouts' rugged Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico during his arrest Tuesday, earned the top Eagle Scout rank in 2012 after completing a construction project for a United Methodist Church, according to The Advocate in Baton Rouge.

The Louisiana capital was already subject to a surge in violence.

Racial tensions escalated in the city in the summer of 2016 when a black man was shot to death by white police officers outside a convenience store. "He could have potentially created a tear in the fabric that hold this community together".

Police believe the slayings of two black men in Baton Rouge were likely racially motivated. About two weeks later, a black gunman targeted police in an ambush, killing three officers and wounding three before he was shot dead.

The city of about 229,000 is about 55 percent black and 40 percent white. A spokesman at Louisiana State University said a student by that name attended the university from the fall of 2013 to the fall of 2014 before withdrawing.

Baton Rouge's Bicentennial year, Visit Baton Rouge in collaboration with the Louisiana Office of Tourism and 225 Magazine are releasing the Baton Rouge Bicentennial Postcards.

Mr. Gleason was arrested Saturday on unrelated drug charges - possession of marijuana and human growth hormones - and was questioned about the killings.

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