April 23rd, 2018

Quebec City mosque gunman wished he had killed more people: report

By Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Press on April 16, 2018.

QUEBEC – A report from a social worker who met with the killer of six Muslim men in 2017 says he told her he wished there had been more victims.

Guylaine Cayouette says Bissonnette made the comment in September 2017, eight months after the slayings.

The report states Bissonnette told her he had idolized serial killers since his adolescence and that he wanted to make a splash of his own.

The document was tabled as evidence during sentencing arguments this afternoon for Bissonnette, who pleaded pleaded guilty last month to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder in the shooting.

He can receive consecutive sentences, which would mean up to 150 years in prison, but his legal team is hoping he receives concurrent sentences, which would see him eligible to apply for parole after 25 years.

Earlier today, a report of Bissonnette’s internet search history on his laptop indicated he visited websites about guns, U.S. President Donald Trump, feminism, Islam and the terrorist group ISIS in the weeks preceding the murders on Jan. 29, 2017.

On the actual day of the killings, Bissonnette visited the mosque’s website 12 times, according to the report compiled by the RCMP.

Bissonnette visited the Facebook page belonging to the Muslim student association at his university on 10 different days in January 2017 and was a frequent visitor to the websites of two women’s groups, including one also based at his school.

The gunman made multiple searches on Trump as well as on firearms.

It’s unclear what percentage these topics represented of Bissonnette’s total internet search history.

Also in January 2017, Bissonnette looked up videos of shootings and information on guns and ammunition. Shortly before he entered the mosque the gunman searched for videos on the Glock pistol, the same type of firearm he used to kill six men.

The gunman searched the web for information on mass killers including white supremacist Dylan Roof as well as Marc Lepine, the shooter in Montreal’s 1989 Ecole Polytechnique massacre.

Bissonnette told police during his interrogation in the hours after the shooting that he approved of Trump’s attempt to limit immigration to the U.S. because terrorists could sneak into the country.

On the day of the killings, Bissonnette also looked up a Twitter message written the previous day by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who used the social platform to welcome refugees to Canada.

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