By David Futrelle
It was the biggest of oopsies. 23-year-old Cole Carini of Richlands, Virginia evidently planned to set off a bomb at a local mall in an attempt to somehow strike back at the “hot cheerleaders” who had ignored him in school.
But the improvised explosive device he was apparently working on had other ideas; exploding prematurely, it blew off one of his hands and several fingers on his other hand and left shrapnel wounds on his face and neck.
After the unfortunate incident — well, unfortunate for him, fortunate for us — Carini went to a local hospital for treatment, saying he’d lost his hand in a bizarre gardening accident with an upturned lawn mower. Carini — who had been arrested several years back on explosives charges — apparently convinced no one with this explanation, and cops went to his house to investigate.
Let’s just say it’s not looking good for his legal defense. As the Daily Beast notes,
When investigators got to the residence, they found a trail of blood leading from a red minivan parked in the driveway to the front door of the house, and up the stairs to a second-floor bedroom, according to the affidavit. After stepping over a “flesh colored substance that…looked like a piece of human skin,” cops found a plastic bottle filled with triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, a “substance used in the creation of improvised explosive devices,” inside a footlocker.
Beside the footlocker was a box filled with rusty nails, and a plastic container, the top of which had been “peeled back in a manner consistent with an explosion,” the affidavit says. The blinds in the room were damaged, and a chunk of flesh was stuck to the ceiling.
I’d say the chunk of flesh stuck to the ceiling is kind of a dead giveaway. In a nearby shed on the property, the Beast reports, cops found considerably more bomb-making materials as well as a note, apparently by Carini, written from the point of view of a mall bomber:
He casually walked through the shopping mall, his jacket concealed deadly objects. … Even if he died this statement was worth it! He [felt] tension that would come and go as he approached the stage of hot cheerleaders… A dead seriousness sank in as he realized he was truly passing the point of no return! He decided I will not back down I will not be afraid of the consequences no matter what I will be heroic I will make a statement like Elliott Rodgers did he thought to himself.
That kind of clinches the whole question of motives, huh?
So far Carini has only been charged with lying to FBI investigators but somehow I expect more charges will be forthcoming.
Over on the Incels.co forums, the regulars weren’t too terribly impressed.
“Welp that didn’t end well,” wrote one, summing up the reaction of many of the commenters.
Would have been interested what could he have done if everthing went to plan.
Another commenter reacted with a pun:
The fact that his bomb didn’t even fully blow himself up tells me he “bombed” at the task of making a bomb, lol.
Still another suggested that his bomb was too weak to be a real terrorist bomb:
A bomb that just blows your hand/some fingers off is not more serious than a DIY heavy (illegal) fireworks bomb – with which ‘tards in Europe occasionally accidentally blow themselves up around the new year. With loss of hands, fingers, severe burns to face and arms and loss of eyesight as a result. Not really terrorist tier bombs that blow up and maim multiple people.
Some commenters suggested that Carini was too good-looking to be a true incel.
“[H]e looks almost like a high tier normie,” wrote one.
“He gigamogs me,” wrote another.
clown world if guys like that have it so bad they’re actually contemplating bombing malls
“Dont look ugly to me imo,” commented still another,
but what with women’s requirements getting higher by the hour it’s no surprise he ended up exploding at society
Pun intended, I assume.
I’m just glad he didn’t take anyone else with him.
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