Investigation Opened After Mass Shooter’s Manifesto Allegedly Leaked

Investigation Opened After Mass Shooter's Manifesto Allegedly Leaked

( – On March 27, 28-year-old Audrey Hale walked into her former school in Nashville, Tennessee, and opened fire. Hale, a transgender male who went by the name “Aiden,” murdered three 9-year-olds — Hallie Scruggs, William Kinney, and Evelyn Dieckhaus — and three adults — Mike Hill, Cynthia Peak, and Katherine Koonce. She was then shot and killed by officers with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

In the aftermath of the shooting, police found more than 20 journals, a suicide note, and writings by Hale. Those documents became the focus of legal fights between people who wanted them released and others, including some of the victims’ families, who wanted them to be sealed. Now, a conservative has published some of the pages, and the mayor has demanded an investigation.

An Investigation

On November 6, radio host Steven Crowder released images of some of the writings by The Covenant School shooter. Nashville Mayor Freddie O’Connell announced that he told Metro’s Law Director Wally Dietz to begin a probe into how the three photos of the documents were leaked. The mayor said the investigation could involve authorities at the federal, state, and local levels.

O’Connell said he was very worried about the “safety, security, and well-being of the Covenant families […] who are grieving.”

Metro Nashville Police issued a statement confirming the authenticity of the images Crowder shared. It said that nobody was being fired and that there was an ongoing investigation into the incident.

Chief of Police John Drake issued his own remarks about what happened, saying he was “greatly disturbed” by the release of Hale’s writings. He said the police are taking the investigation into who leaked the documents, saying they were “serious about the investigation to identify the person responsible.” He explained that the leak “showed a total disregard” for the school’s families.

The Documents

Crowder released three images to the public. They showed the disturbing ramblings of someone filled with hate. One of the journal entries appears to have been written on March 27, 2023, the day of the shooting. In it, Hale said she was “a little nervous, but excited too.” The 28-year-old stated that she hoped she had “a high death count.”

In another entry dated February 2, 2023, Hale wrote, “Kill those kids!!!” She whined about the kids going to private schools and said she wanted to “kill all you little crackers.” She went on to write homophobic slurs. Finally, the third document was an itinerary for the day of the shooting.

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