Since posting my first blog on this subject, I have obtained the 600+ page police investigation report on the Alrosa Villa shooting directly from the Public Records Unit of Columbus, OH. I have also found what I believe to be the only on camera interview available to the public of the killer's mother Mary Clark, which was originally broadcast on WE Network's series "Secret Lives of Women." This particular episode was called "Mothers of Murderers," and was still available to download for $1.99 from itunes last I checked. The camera footage allegedly filming the shooting from the stage will also be referenced here as well as the book "Courage and Carnage at Alrosa Villa." The only reason I will refer to that book from time to time is because as far as I know it is the only thorough independent investigation on the subject available and was allegedly put together in cooperation with the killer's mother, Mary Clark.
Within 24 hours of the 2004 Alrosa Villa shooting, police investigators were already telling the public that "we may never know the motive." This statement has not changed despite the fact that the investigation has long since been concluded. Let's be very specific about what this means. This means that according to police investigators:
Statements made by Phil Anselmo to the press regarding Dimebag Darrell prior to the Alrosa Villa shootings have NOT been conclusively linked to the shootings in any way.
Nathan Gale's alleged "paranoid schizophrenic" condition has NOT been specifically determined as a factor linked to the shootings.
"Nathan had to go see a counselor there at the Marines...they diagnosed him with paranoid schizophrenia and he was discharged...for medical problems" - Mary Clark [from WE "Secret Lives of Mothers" Aired August, 2009]
"Detectives also discovered that Nathan Gale had served in the armed forces, the Marine Division, and had been discharged because of being diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. I, detective Gillette, obtained Nathan Gale's military record and copies of these records will be made a permanent part of this package." - Report # 041046046
This seems to be part of the main discharge paper, DD Form 214. If we look at box 28, we get the official reason, DISABILITY NOT IN LINE OF DUTY. Well what sort of "disability" are we talking about? This could be anything. A bad knee, a bad hip, a mental disorder - we don't know. For detail, we can look at box 26, which contains a SEPARATION CODE. We know that this document represents the SEPARATION of Nathan Gale and the United States Marine Corps. So this code must contain details concerning this separation. Why do they do this?
"Hidden on practically every veteran's DD-214 discharge papers are secret code letters and numbers called Separation Program Numbers (SPN numbers) that might make obtaining veterans benefits difficult if not impossible. Here are these secret numeric codes that may make a difference in your future." -utvet.com
"SPN codes and Separation Codes are frequently assigned on the basis of subjective judgments which are difficult for the dischargee to challenge. Until recently, the codes had different meanings in each branch of service, and they have been changed several times, leaving them prone to misinterpretation by employers not possessing the proper key. Although employers are not supposed to know what the SPN codes mean, many have found out as a result of leaks from the agencies authorized to have them." -Touchstone Research Group, LLC
"the Department of Defense will no longer allow the military services to release the meanings of these codes to the general public. The below definitions were obtained before this prohibition went into effect." - www.thebalance.com
As we can see from the above information, these codes are difficult even for veterans to translate. I don't want to dwell on the "why" just yet, let's just start with box 26. Although the image resolution is not great, it appears to read JFP1.
JFP - Misconduct (Reason Unknown) or Disability not in the line of duty [thebalance.com]
JFP - Misconduct (Reason Unknown) or Disability not in the line of duty [Touchstone Research Group LLC]
As you can see above, I was not able to locate the code JFP1 through these resources. But since the image resolution is not so great, that may not even be a "1" at the end, or the last character may represent something else which does not effect the 3 characters before it. But whatever the case, since this wording describing JFP above EXACTLY matches the wording in box 28 of Gale's discharge certificate and is corroborated verbatim from 2 different sources, I believe it is safe to assume this is the correct translation of this code. But again, this really tells us nothing specific about what Gale's "disability" may have been. So in a way this information is redundant.
Now let's take a look at box 27, which contains the term REENTRY CODE. Since we know this form represents Gale's exit from the Marines, this code logically represents the conditions under which Gale would be allowed to RE ENTER, if at all.
"Reentry codes are alphanumeric characters, found on the DD Form 214. RE Codes determine if Service Members can reenlist in the Army or transfer from another branch of service at a later time." - jointhemilitary.org
RE-3P - Personnel separated with disqualifications. Eligibility: Not eligible unless a waiver is granted. [jointhemilitary.org]
RE-3P - Physical disability (includes discharge and transfer to TDRL). Obesity. Motion sickness. Disqualified for officer candidate training. [Touchstone Research Group LLC]
I think it is worth noting that it was much easier locating the definition of this REENTRY code directly from what appears to be an online military resource [jointhemilitary.org] Notice how vague the code definition is though. It gives absolutely no detail, just a generic statement that the veteran in question is basically not eligible to reenlist. However, we get an extended definition from the Touchstone Research Group which clearly cites physical issues. This definition is backed up by other documents in this file which we will take a look at now.
Gale's discharge certificate is dated 20031015 [October 15th, 2003]. The top of the 2 documents above is dated February 15th, 2003 within the text. The bottom of the 2 forms is dated 030415 [April 15th, 2003 I assume]. These appear to be write ups for "deficiencies" in Gale's performance.
I did my best to blow up the above forms for clarity. Despite their somewhat poor quality, it is clear enough what these are about. The March 2003 write up is for an "unauthorized absence." It goes on to state very specifically "be where you are told to be when you are told to be there, looking like you are supposed to look."
A month later, we have a write up containing the wording "Your body fat measured at 29% is grossly over your max allowed limit of 18%...it can be concluded that the condition is because of apathy or lack of self discipline." This wording is consistent with the above mentioned "separation code RE-3P." Let's take another look at it.
RE-3P - Physical disability (includes discharge and transfer to TDRL). Obesity. Motion sickness. Disqualified for officer candidate training. [Touchstone Research Group LLC]
If you recall earlier, I quoted the above Reentry Code definition, unsure of how accurate it might be. But now we have the idea of "obesity" backed up within the wording of these write ups Gale received earlier during the year he was discharged. So at this point it seems very clear that Gale's physical condition was the reason he was discharged. Any references to a mental illness have either been redacted completely from these papers or don't exist.
In a fax dated 12.15.04, Detective William Gillette requested all PERSONNEL RECORDS for Nathan Gale during his time in the Marines. The above fax [dated 12.16.04] came back the next day at 9:31AM, and clearly indicates that 22 pages would follow and clearly states which forms will be sent. But 5 of these pages are missing from the investigative report, so we have no way of knowing what those pages say. However, this report does contain pretty much every form listed on the fax, some of which we have already discussed above. I suppose it is possible that the missing forms may mention Gale's mental illness, but this doesn't change the fact that the separation codes do not appear to make any reference to it. A 2nd fax was requested by William Gellette on 12.16, the same day he received the above fax.
Although the above fax has no time of day listed on it, we can assume that since it is requesting MEDICAL RECORDS specifically, this information must not have been included in Gale's PERSONNEL RECORDS. After some research, I found that military personnel records are indeed stored separately from medical records.
"In the 1990s, the military services discontinued the practice of filing health records with the personnel record portion at the NPRC. In 1992, the Army began retiring most of its former members' health records to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Over the next six years, the other services followed suit. In 2014, the military services discontinued the practice of retiring the records to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In order to determine where a medical record is located, please see the chart below" - www.archives.gov/
When I emailed the author of "Courage and Carnage at Alrosa Villa" about these medical documents, he explained to me that Mary Clark allowed him access to them. This is how he says he was able to write about and quote the documents in his book. The author, Chris Armold, is a known historian of militaria and is allegedly a high ranking retired military officer. So he is not someone I would question regarding the authenticity of such documents. But I was still taking his word for it, as no scans of the documents are included in the book, just alleged quotes. So I messaged a representative at the Columbus Police Records department about these missing documents and here is the response:
"Unfortunately those records are not public record. They are protected under HIPA and the Sunshine Laws for the State of Ohio. Records pertaining to diagnosis and treatment under O.R.C. 149.43(A)(1)(a). Suffice it to say that he did have mental issues which brought about an early release from the military."
Notice that the representative quoted above stated that Gale "did have mental issues which brought about an early release from the military." I responded by asking this representative which documents they were basing that statement upon, since none of the materials sent to me confirmed this. The representative, in so many words, revealed to me that they have the documents which state this but cannot release them to the public. I then asked how his mother may have gotten the documents. Here's the response:
"The only way his medical records would ever be released would be with a subpoena, which we did for a court action...These records WERE a part of the homicide package and WERE available only to the prosecutor presenting the case [concerning officer Niggemeyer's shooting of Gale] to the Grand Jury. I don't believe even his mother could get a copy of the records from the military and if she was able to get any records, they would be so heavily redacted, they would probably be useless. The military has VERY stringent rules on FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] requests, even more than we have. If for whatever reason his mother could get the records, she has the right to give them to anyone she wants since she is the next of kin..."
I think it is clear by now that there is no proof within the public domain that Gale was diagnosed and discharged from the marines for being "paranoid schizophrenic." Further, his discharge papers seems to contradict this assumption. We also have a very reliable source casting a great deal of doubt on the idea that Mary Clark is in possession of any documents which prove Gale was discharged for being diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic. All we have at this point is her own testimony that her son TOLD HER he was diagnosed in the marines and the word of Detective Gillette who cites documents which have been removed from this report.
"He was a big boy...he was awesome, he was my buddy. He was always making me laugh and everything...His father just didn't want any part of him...and growing up, that was very hard for Nathan..."
"Nate got into the drug scene like a lot of kids did...it was the middle of the night and I could hear Nathan roaming round the apartment...and he looked really scared and I go "hey Nathan, what's wrong?" and he goes, "they're watching me...they're out there they came to get me" He was so afraid...this was so real to him...I don't know if he started taking the drugs to get rid of the voices, or if the drugs CAUSED the voices in his head..."
"He came to me and said he wanted to go into the Marines...I go "well, are you off the drugs now?" And he goes, "yeah I quit taking drugs..." After boot camp there was a completely different Nathan Gale who came home...No paranoia at that time that I could see...I was so proud of him...I had no idea whatsoever that Nathan would ever shoot somebody."
"Nathan had to go see a counselor there at the Marines...they diagnosed him with paranoid schizophrenia and he was discharged...for medical problems...I kept asking him day after day "do you take your meds?" He'd say "yeah" and then walk away. Then all the sudden his paranoia started coming back again...I never thought he would do anything like this...My first concern was officer Niggemeyer because he was put in a terrible situation of having to take a life...I think not until that night...it all came to me. And when I had to start telling his brothers about what had happened..."
Some of the pictures above have been circulated regularly on the internet, but many that you may not recall seeing were only included on the TV Interview with Mary Clark. The quotes above are also from that same broadcast. This is very important information because it provides insight into the mind of Gale, which is where the motive ultimately lies. And since he is dead, all we have are interviews from people who knew him and the physical evidence. And since his father and brothers have remained virtually invisible to the public, all we have is the testimony of his mother and any number of supposed "friends" who the media decides to pay $50 or so to volunteer some information. Ultimately, his mother is probably the only reliable witness we have in the end as to who this guy really was.
There is quite a bit we can discuss regarding the above images and text, but I'm going to try and zero in on the most critical details. I will also incorporate other photos from the report in some cases to expand upon certain points. The following contains one picture which partially shows Nathan Gale's corpse, but it is not very graphic at all. Still, I thought I would mention it for those who might be very easily disturbed by such images.
GALE HAD VERY POOR VISION
First thing we can be sure about is that Nathan had very poor eyesight his entire life, and did not seem to wear contacts. You can see how thick his glasses are in a couple of the pictures. If you look at the later pictures, particularly the one where he is wearing what looks like some sort of "Hawaiian" shirt, he's wearing what is probably the same pair he wore when he shot all those people. That shirt was also found hanging in his closet [which we will look at in a moment] If he didn't have his glasses on, it is highly unlikely that this already unlikely event would have occurred the way it did. They are actually very hard to spot in the grainy Alrosa Villa shooting footage, but I do believe he was wearing them under the bill of his cap, and of course we see them bloodied in that last picture which was taken directly from the official crime scene photos. In this report we do have a witness account giving us a brief window into the moments after Gale lost his glasses:
"Mr Greene indicated that he was the guitarist in the band 12 Gauge [who opened up for Damageplan the night of the shooting]..He was amongst a group of people that helped get "Dimebag" off the stage...After this he went back up on stage and attempted to render more aid. At this time he was confronted by the gunman...he stated the individual this time pointed a gun to him. Mr Greene indicated he raised his hands and stated, "tell me what you want?" The individual stated "I want my glasses." Mr Greene stated he pointed to the ground and stated "they're over there." -Summary #42, page 5
Clearly Gale was having a hard time seeing when his glasses fell off, which is probably why he took John "Kat" Brooks as a hostage/human shield and backed up by the speakers. He knew he was done for at this point and taking a hostage was his last ditch effort at survival. There doesn't seem to be any mention anywhere of Nathan's hat falling off, which it surely did somewhere between him hopping a 6' fence and wrestling with at least 3 different people on stage - but we'll get into that later.
GALE LEFT NO EVIDENCE OF BEING A PANTERA FAN
"Detectives did not observe any computers or magazines or compact discs of Pantera music" -Summary No 62
Although police never arrived at a motive, it is widely assumed Nathan Gale was a "crazy" Pantera fan who had some sort of issue with the members. I am not denying this was the case, but where is the proof? Yes, Gale went to a Damageplan show a few months before the Alrosa Villa gig and yes Gale went on stage and shot Dimebag during the next Damageplan show he attended, and yes his mom says he went to concerts. But how does this prove he was an obsessed Pantera fan? Does he own one Pantera shirt? Does he own one Pantera CD? Tape? Vinyl? Was there one scribbled piece of paper lying around his apartment with Pantera lyrics on it which was included in this report? Nope. None of the above. The media told us this guy thought Pantera was stealing his ideas and lyrics. But what does Nathan tell us about his self based on appearances and evidence left behind?
The objects which are easy to make out here are a bottle of rubbing alcohol, a wallet, some change, cigarette box, lighter, ashtray, pen, beanie, wristwatch, various papers. What's wrong with this picture? Well he had a wallet, a watch, and a green lighter on him when he was killed! So what are they doing here sitting on his table? Shouldn't they be sitting in some evidence room somewhere far away? How did these items get back in this room? And why are they sitting here as if Nathan left them that way, when we know he took these things with him to the shooting and never came home? We're supposed to be looking at this room EXACTLY as Nathan left it before he went on a shooting spree. Why are his wallet, lighter, and watch sitting here as if he never took them out before he left?
When bodies are taken in by investigators, every item on that person's body is documented for reference purposes. This is what you are looking at above. Notice the date on the paper is 12.9.03, the day AFTER the shooting. The apartment pictures are also dated 12.9.03. These lists are kept separate. So if something is found on Nathan Gale's body, a list is made of those specific items totally separate than the list of items found in his apartment. What you see above is exactly what Nathan Gale had on his body at the time of death. So if he had his wallet, watch, and a GREEN lighter on him, there is no physical way they could also be sitting on his living room table, which clearly they are in the above pictures. How is this possible? Either Nathan had 2 of each of these items and left 1 of each at home (which is ridiculous) or this crime scene has been tampered with.
Just next to the sofa we have a table, upon which we can see a portable CD player. Next to it are headphones. A portable CD player was also found in the car Nathan drove to the Alrosa Villa the night of the murders, and contained a perfectly clean Damageplan CD. This was notated in the report, but no Damageplan CDs were found in his apartment, as stated in the report. So if there is a CD in here, we know its neither Pantera or Damageplan. And speaking of that Damageplan CD, where is the jewel case for it? It wasn't in his car. Perhaps it'll turn up in some of these pictures? One would assume he placed that CD into the player just before leaving the house. So where did he lay the jewel case down? Other items on the table include screwdriver, phone, eraser, and notepad. Seems Gale liked to write notes. But the only "song lyrics" included in the report were very few lines, written in very messy handwriting, and containing middle school level intelligence, if that. Other notes include simple mathematical equations. Nathan was a competent mechanic and even studied electricity for a time. He was not stupid. The "lyrics" he left behind sound more stupid than they do crazy, in my humble opinion.
In this picture we can see the front door. When you walked into this apartment, there was a weight set/workout area right in front of you. The living room was off to the side, which we just looked at. This puts the table with the portable CD player right near the weight set. This sorta indicates that Nathan used it when working out. But if so, what was this obsessive Pantera fan listening to? If you look on that shelf, those are not band CDs, they look more like CD-Rs or CD/DVD-RWs. They all have a identical red stripe down the side, indicating they are the same brand. They may be brand new, they may have files on them, we can't really tell. To the left is a VHS tape and RCA cables. Those are cables used to connect Audio/Video components, such as CD players, TVs, video game systems, VCRs, DVD players, etc...doesn't really look like anything he coulda just grabbed and popped into his portable CD player before working out, unless those are CD burns of music. But again, even if they are we already know there's no Pantera or Damageplan on them. And by the way, where is that Damageplan jewel case?
What you see above is Gale's TV with what looks like a VHS/DVD player/recorder on top. I've read that Nathan liked video games. Where's the video game console? Nothing under the TV where it would usually be. [Is that why there was an extra set of RCA cables over by the weight set? Is that a video game console hiding under the notepad by the phone/portable CD player?] The front view of this component on the TV shows 2 slots when blown up, one rectangular about the size of a VHS, and another less wide slot about the size it would take to insert a CD or DVD. I used to own a similar unit, and I bought it to convert my old VHS tapes to DVD. It appears that is what someone was doing here and that is why you see DVD-RWs stacked on top of the player, clearly marked. You can almost make out writing on the front of one of these detailing the contents on the DVD. That is probably what we saw over by the weights as well. This makes sense because there was also a VHS sitting right next to a stack of what looked like identical CD/DVD jewel cases. Those are probably blank DVD-RWs, just like we see here. On top of the VHS/DVD unit we also see what looks like DVD movie cases. What was Gale watching just before planning his massacre? (notice the picture is panned very far to the right so that it is hard to make out both the writing on the front of the DVD-RW and the DVD movie sitting there)
Eurotrip is a comedy. Nathan Gale was watching a comedy in the days prior to committing the Alrosa Villa massacre? Under that DVD is probably a few other movies he rented. There doesn't seem to be another stack of DVDs in the apartment, so either this is his "collection," or he simply rented them. Seems kind of odd he was watching a comedy like this and not "Apocalypse Now" or the Pantera "Vulgar Video" or something along the lines that an extremely "obsessive Heavy metal Fan" would watch. So far, not really seeing much proof that he was a big Pantera fan gone mad. What's on the VHS tapes he is converting to DVD? Don't we wanna know what was going on in his head before the murders? If investigators were interested in finding a motive, these details would be very important.
NATHAN WAS EXTREMELY PROUD OF BEING A MARINE
Although it's really not apparent that Nathan was a fan of Pantera by looking around his apartment, he was clearly a big fan of the marines. The picture we saw earlier where he's in front of the Christmas tree looking slim and clear eyed? He seemed to take the whole thing pretty seriously, even after he was discharged. Why else would he have these on display in his living room up to the day he left for his assassination mission? [These are sitting over by his lamp if you look back at the wide panned living room image above] Also, let's take note here: Nathan learned how to shoot and kill in the marines. Does that mean the marines are to blame for what Nathan did? No, that is not what I am saying, but facts are facts. He learned to kill in the marines. We don't ignore facts that make us feel uncomfortable when we are searching for a motive. He didn't use any of the skills he learned in the marines to defend the people he took an oath to defend. Instead, he went and murdered those very same people he took an oath to protect, using the skills the marines taught him.
Nathan only had 3 tattoos. Were any of them Pantera or rock band tattoos? No, he was really into being a marine and that is why he had the symbol for the marines tattooed on his arm. The barbed wire tattoo is mentioned in the Chris Armold book, and we have an unfinished grim reaper tattoo. You can kind of make part of these tattoos out in the "hawaiian shirt" picture I showed earlier, on the inner part of his bent left arm. The grim reaper tat is unfinished. Look at his marine corps tattoo, and all of the detail in it. Do you think he would get some crappy non detailed grim reaper outline tattoo after that? People who get tattoos often do them in sessions. Sometimes for financial reasons, others just to break it up because it can be painful. Nathan had plans to finish this reaper tattoo some day. He wasn't planning on being dead before that could happen.
In Nathan's bedroom we find a combination CD player/Radio. The antenna is up, indicating he probably used it sometimes to listen to the radio. No jewel cases anywhere, no sign that any CDs are being listened to. It would seem to make more sense for this thing to be by his workout station, rather than having chords from his portable CD player dangling all over the place as he bench presses. Whenever he got up, he'd have to grab the CD player or toss his headphones aside. If he simply blasted this boom box thing, he wouldn't have to worry about fumbling with the stupid portable CD player. Maybe he blasted it from his room? Anyhow, here it is, another CD player with no CDs anywhere. The Q-Tip, oil, and cloth were obviously used to clean and lube his gun. I assume the rubbing alcohol in the living room was also to help clean the gun. How the rubbing alcohol wandered off into the living room when he clearly had his "gun cleaning station" in his bedroom I don't know. Seems kinda odd. Box of Q-Tips, receipt, a couple pennies, empty bottle of water, and some sort of list print out, random wicker basket. No jewel cases anywhere.
Here in Nathan's closet we can see the Hawaiian shirt he was wearing in a picture I posted earlier in the blog. This supports the idea that the hawaiian shirt picture was likely taken close to the time of the murders. There are several "jersey" type shirts similar in design to the one he wore when he committed the massacre. Again, he chose to wear a sports Jersey, not a band hoodie to a Heavy Metal concert. Yes I realize many rockers are into sports, but here we have an "obsessive Pantera fan" and not one single rock/metal shirt, hoodie, or sweater to be seen anywhere in his apartment [there are also no heavy metal or rock shirts or any indication that he was even into music in any of the earlier pictures of Nathan. Doesn't mean he wasn't but certainly no evidence he was, much less "obsessive"] There is what looks like a jean jacket in there with the sleeves cut off, so at least we have some indication that he may have dressed "like a rocker" on occasion. But overall, we get the sense of someone much more interested in sports, guns, and the military than music so far. [The blue box on the upper shelf of this picture is the box his gun came in]
WAS NATHAN ON HIS WAY IN OR OUT?
Was Nathan preparing to leave, or did he just move in? Look at how his clothes are stored here. Travel bags, a grubby storage bin [with a nice clean folded pair of pants on top of it], and snowboarding boots just on the outer right. We're told in the report that Gale had no friends. Well who did he go snowboarding with if he had no friends? There's gloves sitting neatly stuffed inside one of the boots [not pictured here] which tells me he went fairly recently. I am not a snowboarder but as far as I know its a pretty social activity. Perhaps he went with his brothers whom nobody has seen or heard anything from? Anyhow, let's ad "snowboarding" to the list of things Nathan was into. Back to the clothes - did he just get back from a trip? Is that why his stuff looks all packed like he just got home? Or was he preparing to leave? He came back from the military a good year before these pictures were taken. According the Chris Armold's book his mom helped him find this place within a couple months after he was discharged. [He also states she lived next door - this report shows his mom did not appear to live next door to Nathan Gale] He'd have unpacked by now I'd say. Why does it look like he hasn't been living here long or is on his way out? Was he going to take all his snowboarding gear with him after slaughtering Dimebag Darrell and then hightailing out of town? None of this is addressed in the report.
Why is there a box of junk sitting neatly on the otherwise clear floor? Looks like an ice cube tray sticking out. Why isn't it in the freezer? When you first move into a place, this is something you might see. He found the time to put fridge magnets and notes on his refrigerator, but hasn't bothered to use his ice trays yet. Notes on the fridge = I spend time in my kitchen facing my fridge. If he spends time facing his fridge, he probably uses it. But he doesn't use ice cubes for anything? A closer look at the fridge reveals an EZ Auto Inventory list. I looked this company up, they appear to sell used cars. Nathan's car, which he drove to the murder scene, was probably recently purchased (by his mother, we are told). So again, "I don't need any ice, but I better put this EZ Auto list on my fridge so I can consider which car I want whenever I go to the fridge and get some food."
Looks like Nathan was missing an entire burner on his stove. You can see above, there's just a big hole where the burner should be. Kinda odd that the one angle we get of the stove top happens to have a missing burner. Makes you wonder if they all are missing. What kind of crappy apartment comes with a stove with missing burners? I've lived in some crappy places, but I've never moved into a place that had a big empty hole in the stove where a burner should be.
Not one dish, not one sign that cooking has occurred recently. Seats with cushions on them, but no table. Who sits in the kitchen and eats at no table? Trash bin blocking a lower cupboard. Guess he never used that one? Plug for microwave behind trash bin. Not the best place for this trash bin is it? Oh, well he WAS crazy so...let's just use that excuse ANYTIME something doesn't make sense right? Towel hanging partially blocked by microwave. Paper towels right in front of towel. Your hands are wet when you reach for a cloth towel. If you put paper towels in front you might get them wet, dumbass. No sign of cooking recently, no dishes, no glasses, no condiments of any kind, no wrappers/bags from discarded fast food. but the guy leaves a slurpee sitting on the microwave. Seems he had one recently before slaughtering those people at Alrosa Villa. Slurpees are made from ice. He likes ice, but doesn't use his ice trays. There's 2 rags on either side on that tabletop, way off to the sides. The 2 drains are also sitting on top of the table. Looks like someone was sloppily cleaning things up recently, and stopped in the middle of it. A pen, a pencil, a notepad. Sitting right next to a rag that was probably wet and used to clean the counter top very recently. "I'm tired of cleaning for now, let's just go ahead and lay a pad of paper down and take some notes right here where this wet rag just was." This kitchen is a big confusing mess.
EVIDENCE OF INTENT TO KILL DIMEBAG (OR LACK THEREOF)
"The residence was in a neat and orderly fashion..." [Summary #62]
The only thing this report mentions regarding this apartment besides the above is that Nathan's gun case was found and in the case, "some scrap paper containing what appears to be song lyrics."[Summary #62] Seems like investigators were very specific about what they were looking for here. Once they found it, "well the rest of the place was in an orderly fashion, let's just skip all that because we got the goods right here."
If these "lyrics" were really sitting inside the box that the murder weapon came in, there's really no way to deny the real intent behind the words, however crappy, juvenile, and thoughtless they might appear. But given the fact that this report doesn't mention any of the oddities we've observed, and given the fact that signs this scene was tampered with are apparent, it wouldn't be so hard to imagine that investigators would have planted this note directly inside the gun box just to help move things along and wrap the case up quicker. "Let's just tell the public we don't know the motive, but show them this note and tell them it was inside the gun case. They'll jump to their own conclusions and no more questions will be asked!"
If we look at Nathan's car for a moment, investigators are showing us this portable CD player with a Damageplan CD in it. This is obviously not the same portable CD player we saw in his house. The earphones are also not the same as the ones in the apartment. One might guess he picked the CD up very recently because that album was new at that time. Where is the jewel case? Not in this car, didn't see it anywhere in his apartment photos. The guy was obsessed with Pantera, thinks they stole his thoughts, but doesn't own one CD of the band, but DOES own a brand new looking Damageplan CD with no jewel case. He was obsessed with lyrics. He didn't wanna read the Damageplan lyrics before going into the club? You know, to kind of work himself up into a mad schizophrenic rage?
"MS Clark related she helped her son, Nathan, purchase the red Grand AM about a month ago..." - Summary #75
Nope, no Damageplan jewel case back here. Like his apartment, very bare ["orderly"] but old and grungy looking. As if it had just recently been cleaned/vacuumed after years of being dirty. I'm guessing this is because he just picked it up from EZ auto about a month ago. Fairly new driver's license, newly obtained car, apartment that looks just moved into (or about to be moved out of), why does Nathan's life seem to have been newly constructed just before the shootings occurred? You know this CD here could have easily been planted just to move the case along and wrap things up quicker. "I'll just leave this nice new Damageplan CD in the portable CD player so people can imagine my evil face in their mind as I drove to Alrosa Villa that night. That way if investigators can't determine a motive, at least the public will have some obvious conclusions to jump to."
Nathan liked to smoke. We're told he was spotted pacing around the Alrosa Villa smoking, one would imagine, anxiously. The ashtray in his living room had about 1 butt in it. He was about to go on his assassination mission. He wasn't chain smoking before he left? I don't see any butts in the ash tray here or any sign that a smoker owns this car. [this photo should be pretty high resolution. Blow it up if you like, there are no visible butts in that ashtray] Perhaps Nathan was a tidy, very neurotic guy who just lived in grungy apartments and grungy cars. This may mean nothing but I thought this odd placement of pennies in Nathan's care was a bit strange, It looks like 2-3 pennies or maybe a dime and a penny or 2, I don't really know. There was a few pennies in his bedroom and a few on his living room table. Sparsely placed change all over the place, pens and scrap paper all over the place, 1 random drinking container in just about every photo - but no real signs of long term habitation anywhere. It all kinda feels a bit "put together hastily" if you know what I mean.
WHO IS GALE'S FATHER?
Nathan Gale's mother is named Mary Clark. Above she states that Nathan's father wanted nothing to do with him, we think, from a very early age. So if Nathan's father was such an asshole, why did he take his father's last name instead of his mother's? Traditionally speaking, I suppose this is the norm even when a father disowns a child. But another question is, who is Nathan Gale's father and why have we heard nothing from him regarding this event?
"...schizophrenia definitely has a very significant genetic component. Those who have a third degree relative with schizophrenia are twice as likely to develop schizophrenia as those in the general population. Those with a second degree relative have a several-fold higher incidence of schizophrenia than the general population, and first degree relatives have an incidence of schizophrenia an order of magnitude higher than the general populace." www.schizophrenia.com
This story is a very extreme and rare example of a homicidal paranoid schizophrenic. Don't we want to know if Gale may have inherited this horrible mental disease from his father or some other relative? Mary mentions Gale's brothers in one of the quotes above. Brothers? I find it a bit strange that we've heard from the Tattoo guy across the street, some unreliable "friends" of Nathan, the Quickie Lube guy who Nathan worked for, there's even a quote floating around out there from a guy who claimed to know Nathan from the Fraternal Order of the Eagles - but we haven't heard anything whatsoever from Nathan's father or his brothers. How many does he have? 2? 3? 4? Wouldn't these people be the ones to talk to regarding Gale's possible motives? They could easily have been interviewed anonymously for their own protection, then at least we'd be able to benefit from their input. These relatives of Gale's seem to be strangely invisible.
The birth certificate for Nathan Gale included in this report, which was issued November 16th, 2000. It gives the time and place where he was born, but lists no names of any relatives. My birth certificate has my mother and father's name on it. How about yours? I didn't even know that birth certificates could be issued in the United States without at least one parent's name on it.
Notice the license was issued 9.23.2004, about 3 months before the Alrosa Villa shooting.
During the television segment I mentioned earlier, Mary briefly holds up what looks like Nathan's obituary in laminated form. This lists off a few facts we already knew, but a few that are not really commonly known. The Fraternal Order of the Eagles? What sort of "Fraternal Order" would admit a socially odd wacko such as Nathan? We are told Nathan's mom was a "bartender" or a "waitress" there (I've read both).
The Fraternal Order of the Eagles claim to have founded Mother's Day and to have helped establish Social Security in the United States. These things may be true, but their logo is also a bird of prey and their initials are F.O.E. Foe? Of who? I'm not going to make some big thing out of this symbolism, I'm just pointing out that this symbolism is a bit sinister when we consider Nathan was a member and that he went and did these things at the Alrosa Villa while he was an active member.
"To be eligible for membership in the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, you must be a citizen of the United States or Canada over the age of 18 who believes in God." - http://www.foe2224.org
Does this mean Nathan believed in God? Apparently he had to in order to join the F.O.E.
The above recruitment form is dated 2.12.2002. In box 11 we can clearly see Nathan had "no preference" when it came to religion. I suppose this means that when he enlisted, he didn't care much about god or religion since he had no preference.
The above form is dated 12.18.2002. Now he says he's ROMAN CATHOLIC. So somewhere between February and December of 2002, Nathan "found god." Nathan is short for "Nathaniel." This word comes from the Greek version of a Hebrew name and means "god has given." A "GALE" is a strong wind. Nathan's middle name was MILES. "English: occupational name for a servant or retainer, from Latin miles ‘soldier’, sometimes used as a technical term in this sense in medieval documents." [ancestry.com] Nathan's full name means "a soldier riding a strong wind, given by god." I thought this was a good place to throw that in. Anyhow, apparently Nathan's newfound Catholic Faith occurred within less that a year of joining the military.
"You must be sponsored by 2 members of a Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie [where birds of prey nest] or auxiliary..Your application will be read at a regular Aerie/Auxiliary meeting and you will be interviewed by the local membership committee...When the vote in concluded, you will be notified and asked to present yourself for the F.O.E. Initiation Ritual. The Ritual is a set of rules by which Eagles are to conduct themselves not only in the confines of the Aerie, but in life in general. It's one of the most outstanding models for living a good and useful life. It was designed to teach candidates for membership the highest standards of human conduct expected of us." -http://www.foe2224.org
So Nathan gets discharged from the marines for being nuts and too fat, goes off of his meds, gets a job at the Lube place, does some Tree work [his uniform for this job was also found in his apartment], joins a football team [Lima Thunder], joins the Fraternal Order of Eagles [where he participates in some complex ritual where all of these judges are scrutinizing his character], partakes in target practice, goes snowboarding, starts getting tattoos, gets a new license, gets a new car, goes to concerts and comes home with black eyes and bloody lips [according to his mother] - this guy kept himself busy in that year after he was discharged! It's hard to believe he had no friends or a girlfriend what with all these activities and having his "human conduct" put under a microscope like this - all while he's absolutely losing his mind and planning to murder Dimebag Darrell and not listening to any Pantera albums on any of his 3 CD players! [4 if he had one in the car and 5 if you count the unit on top of his TV, which probably could play audio CDs]
"Ms Clark also related Nathan had no male or female friends." - Summary #75
Really? So who were his 2 sponsors that got him into the F.O.E.? Was this guy a virgin? He must have had at least one girl in his life at some point. If not, maybe that was his real problem? I'm not joking, who the hell was this person? We get a really mixed impression of Nathan for sure. He was a loner. He wasn't a loner. He was on meds. He wasn't on meds. He got discharged for being fat. He got discharged for being crazy. I guess we can, again, fall on the convenient explanation that well, "he WAS crazy. Who really knows why he did what he did?"
A note on the "target practice"
Nathan learned to shoot in the marines. So his "love" of target practice obviously was born there. There was only about a year that he spent back at home before he was dead. So within this year, I am guessing, is when he earned his reputation as one who loved target practice. But you gotta scratch your head over this - his mom knew he had a mental condition, wasn't sure if he was on meds or not, and just gave him the gun "oh sure, fire away, have fun my wacko son!" In Chris Armold's book, he explains that Nathan basically took the gun out of his mother's closet without her knowing. I find it hard to believe he had that gun long enough to establish his reputation as a guy who "loves" target practice, but his mother did not find out during this whole time that Nathan got the gun out of her closet. Further, what was she doing about it if she DID find out? Your son just told you the Marines discharged him for being mentally ill. You didn't think it was a bad idea for him to be really into target practice? Mary seems like a genuine and sincere person on camera, but it is VERY hard to buy this!
In this final section, we're going to take a very close look at what occurred just before the shooting took place. What happened during the shooting has been documented exhaustively, so if I refer to the shooting itself, I will only do so where I feel the detail is newly observed or less known.
There are at least 11 different security guards interviewed in this report. I read there were about 15 on duty the night of the shooting. The Alrosa Villa is not a huge place, and it was at about half capacity on this night [200 plus people]. Given the fact that there were at least 20 club employees and who knows how many technicians, roadies, and band assistance, it's really hard to comprehend how this big guy just jumped right over a fence, walked right on stage, and shot the most important person in the entire club right there on stage, dead. In fact, the Abbott family and two witnesses both filed lawsuits against the club alleging they didn't do enough to stop the incident from occurring.
"I asked all of these individuals if the individual that came upon stage two nights ago, Nathan Gale, was the same individual who tried to get on stage when they were playing at a bar in Cincinnati called Bogart's. They all thought for a while and stated they cannot be sure it was the same individual, however Mr [Aaron] Barnes [Damageplan sound technician] stated that Nathan Gale resembles the individual that tried to get upon the stage" - Summary #64
"The Carons advised that on April 4th , 2004, they were attending a concert at Bogart's in Cincinnati. The same band [Damageplan] was playing on that particular evening. Within 30 seconds of the band taking the stage, a male/white disrupted the show by running on stage and knocking over speakers and generally causing havoc. The Carons noted that the subject on that night matched the same description of the individual who jumped on stage and started shooting here on this particular night" - Summary #46
"Detective Heinlein related, Nathan Gale was listed as a suspect who damaged equipment onstage during a Damageplan concert, which was performed on April 5th, 2004, at Bogart's, which is located at 2621 Vine Street in Cincinnati, OH."
Mary Clark stated in the report that Gale would go to concerts and sometimes come home with a black eye or a busted lip. Was this when he lived alone or when he lived with her? Was this after his diagnosis or before? Because if she knew he was mentally ill, knew he was going to concerts and getting violent, knew he was trained to kill [by the marines], and knew he loved target practice, then what in the hell was going on in her head leaving him alone with that gun? And if Nathan was showing up to his Fraternal Order of the Eagles meetings with these black eyes and busted lips, what sort of example was he setting that they would allow him to remain a member? I'm just throwing these things out there because I haven't heard anyone address any of these issues.
"Brooks [Damageplan stage tech] said that the tour they were on actually ended in Boston 2 days ago and they played Alrosa Villa just to get some extra money..." - Summary #33
"Mr Carpenter [security for Alrosa Villa the night of the shootings] approached this individual and informed him that he could not park his vehicle in its present location...the male then proceeded to park along the left side of a sign for the Alrosa Villa...Mr Carpenter again approached this person and instructed him to move his vehicle as this parking area was also restricted...the male without arguing drove his vehicle...into a parking lot of a nearby business...As the male neared the front east parking lot, Mr Carpenter approached this individual and asked if he was alright..."yes sir, sorry about that."...at one point [about an hour later] Mr Carpenter's brother, Daniel Sheets, who had also been working security for this business place, had approached this subject [who was milling about outside] Mr Sheets had asked this person what he was waiting for. "I'm waiting for the main act." Summary #37
"Mr Sheets walks the lot...While he was there he spoke to a person who he described as a kid [Nathan Gale] who asked him who's playing...Mr sheets stated this kid stated that all he wanted to do was see Damageplan...Mr Sheets claimed that he saw this same person shortly thereafter driving a red Pontiac Grand Am [the car Nathan drove that night]..and park his car, blocking the side door of the bar...he told this kid to move his car and the kid then parked his car by the front Alrosa Villa's sign in the front of the bar. This kid was also told to move from that location...Mr Sheets claimed he saw the same male walking into the woods from the front area of the front door, North of the bar...Mr Sheets claimed that he has a brother who also works parking lot security named Mitch Carpenter. Mr Sheets talked to his brother after the shooting had occurred and they both realized it was the same kid in the red Pontiac that had done this shooting." - Summary #26
The first odd thing about the above statements is that Mitch Carpenter and David Sheets claim to be brothers, but have different last names. Obviously they could be step brothers or one of them may have simply changed their last name. Not very common, but ok. They both basically tell the same story as if they each individually told Nathan Gale to move his car while NOT in the presence of the other brother. Why are they both telling the same story, but were not in each other's presence when they each individually told Nathan to move his car? Read the above statement again and notice they are not speaking as if the other brother is present. Clearly, they are recounting their OWN interaction with Gale, one on one. If the brothers were together when they approached Gale, wouldn't they both be saying WE told him to move. WE told him to move again. And why is Mr Sheets calling Nathan a "kid?" I've read all of the witness testimonies in this report, and Mr Sheets is the only guy who calls Nathan a KID. He was 6'4, heavy set, and had lots of facial hair [you can see this in the autopsy photos - which I did not include because they are very graphic] This thing about Nathan "walking into the woods" - what is that about? A man was spotted outside the club hiding by the train tracks whom police detained and was found to be simply "curious" about what was going on. Something is off here. Mr Sheets then states that him and his brother later realized this guy in the Pontiac was the same guy who carried out the shooting. Well as we will see in a moment, Mitch Carpenter SAW Gale hop the fence to get in and started after him into the club! So why does Mr Sheets make it sound like this was some post show revelation? It sounds like one of these "brothers" is lying or the "scriptwriters" who put this report together got a little lazy here and there figuring nobody would look this closely.
"Michael [Colopy, witness] recalled that when he and his 2 friends went inside the club at 8:30PM, he had observed the suspect standing by the front entrance of the club alone." - Summary #41
"Mr Clark is employed by Nextel communications and was present with his co-worker working inside a Nextel Transmitting tower compound installing computer equipment...located adjacent to the southwest corner of the parking lot for 5055 Sinclair Road [Alrosa Villa]...he and his co-worker had arrived at this location at approximately 10:00PM....Shortly after their arrival [they were] approached by 2 security persons from Alrosa Villa...These persons suggested that Mark Clark move their vehicles away from the compound area due to a large crowd that would be exiting from the Alrosa Villa in about an hour." - Summary #37, page 6
"Mr Barnes [Damageplan Sound Technician] stated at approximately 10:15PM, the show was getting ready to start. At this time he exited the tour bus, turned around and locked the door to the bus. As he turned to enter the Alrosa Villa from the back door, a male/white with a shaved head with a large framed body, seemed very hyped up, asked him if Dime and Vinny were already inside or were they still on the bus. Mr Barnes stated he told this individual "yes" they were inside and the suspect said "see you inside," turned and left. This individual was later identified as Nathan Gale."
If you recall, this is the same Mr Barnes who stated in an earlier quote that he thought Nathan "resembles the individual that tried to get upon the stage" at the Bogart's gig. This interaction between the two by the band's bus just before Damageplan started seems to be recounted by Nathan himself to a couple witnesses just after he enters the club. This statement will be mentioned later in this blog.
The Nextel employees who were told to move their vehicles are likely the reason people heard an announcement for someone to move their trucks just before Damageplan started. In fact, I believe this was the reason they started a bit late. I find it strange that these Nextel employees show up right at the time Damageplan is supposed to play and seem to think its ok to just park their huge trucks right in the middle of a parking lot with many cars in it. We know they didn't park very well because security approached them asking them to move precisely because they would be blocking people from leaving. Why would these Nextel employees need to do this so late? Conveniently, this was about the time Nathan was preparing to sneak into the club. Almost as if this was a distraction created to give Nathan time to position himself.
"Mr Paluska [Damageplan manager, bass tech] related the show usually starts around 10:15, but however on this evening they were running a little late and it started at approximately 10:30PM" - Summary #54
"He [Mr Blankenship, witness] added that he wasn't sure if it was important or not, but the show had been postponed earlier because of 2 vehicles that were parked where they shouldn't have been...and they made an announcement over the loudspeakers of the club for the owners to move these vehicles." Summary #42
"He [Mr Harden, witness] stated the announcement [over the PA] claimed they were going to tow these trucks if they weren't moved" - Summary #43
"The band got upon the stage and Pat, the lead singer [for Damageplan] told the audience that this is just a rock and roll jam, just everybody stay cool. Mr Harding [witness] remembers the next thing he remembered, he heard popping and thought the speakers were blowing" Summary #40
Many witnesses made similar statements about "popping" sounds, like firecrackers. I don't know what a Berretta [Nathan's weapon] sounds like, but it is a hand gun which, I don't know if it has the capability to emit the type of RAPID BLAST sounds similar to a series of firecrackers. Perhaps these noises WERE initially coming from the speakers? Perhaps people not used to the sound of such a gun fired in such a rapid manner might confuse them for firecrackers. Nonetheless, it is noteworthy that many witnesses heard a popping sound which was not immediately identifiable as "gun fire."
Regarding Pat Lachman's comment for people to "stay cool," it's hard to know what the reference point was here. He might have been responding to something happening in the room that we are not aware of - but it is an interesting observation by Mr Harding and may just have been Pat's way of placating the crowd due to the band's late entrance onto the stage. I don't know anything about Patrick Lachman so I'm probably not qualified to speculate whether he might have known what was about to occur or not. Strangely timed statement for sure though.
"Prior to the main act taking the stage, Mr Carpenter [security]...observed the male who he had told twice to remove his car from the parking lot, now standing next to the wooden privacy fence..this subject grabbed a hold of the top portion of the fence, then proceeded to pull himself up and over the wooden fence, thereby gaining access into the enclosed patio area...Once inside the patio area, the subject proceeded to walk southbound towards the building where he found an unsecured door. At this doorway, the subject entered the club. Mr Carpenter began to follow the subject into the nightclub."" Summary #37
"Her [Allison Henthorn, witness] brother called at 10:00PM while she was still outside [the venue]. She observed a male/white trying to scale a privacy fence on the north side of the club...after encouragement from the crowd of people and with some help from them, this person finally made it over the fence. A security guard approached this subject [Nathan Gale] saying "no, no, no way." this person [Nathan] responded by saying "what's up?" and ran by the security guard and entered the club." - Summary #30
The above are the only 2 eyewitness accounts from OUTSIDE the club in this report describing Nathan hopping the 6' or so fence to get into the patio area. First off, this could not have been an easy task for Nathan given his weight, size, the fact he was being watched, and the urgency of his mission. Even with his military training, this probably wasn't a very graciously executed physical feat. [he was, after all written up for being "grossly" overweight - he was slim and trim by the time he completed boot camp, so all of this extra weight was gained AFTER he completed boot camp and was discharged. This would have greatly affected his physical coordination] We also need to consider that he had all these rounds of ammunition, a gun, a knife, his chain wallet, his very thick glasses, his baseball hat - these are all items he still had on his person by the time he got to the stage. Before we get into any more detail, just try to imagine all of these items remaining on Nathan's person while he hastily scales this fence, flops on the ground in the patio area, and reaches the stage while being pursued by multiple security guards and having already been spotted by who knows how many witnesses. Hard to imagine he didn't drop one of these items or at least fumble for them at anytime during this period.
Mr Carpenter was working [with his brother], so his account should be the most reliable. But my first question is, how did he see Nathan enter the club if he was on the other side of a 6' fence? And if he did, why did he not comment on the interactions Nathan had with other people on the way there? He already told Nathan to move his car a couple times, and his brother also approached Nathan for looking suspicious. They were watching him at this point. The announcement heard inside the club for the trucks to be moved was made about 10PM or so, which is when the Nextel workers showed up [approximately]. If they are announcing this to the crowd, they probably didn't know who's trucks they were at that point, otherwise why would they ask the crowd inside the club? We know from an earlier statement that 2 security guards approached the Nextel workers to ask them to move the trucks. By the time the club figured out who's trucks these were, it was probably after 10 - about the time Nathan jumped the fence. Who were the 2 security guards who asked the workers to move their truck? If Mr Carpenter and his brother were working the lot, were they the ones who said this? I don't see why anyone else would have since they were already out there. If so, they would have taken their eyes off of Nathan during this time. Whatever the case, Mr Carpenter obviously turned his attention back to Nathan, and his account has the gunman jumping over the fence fairly quickly and seemingly without incident and bolting DIRECTLY into the bar, seemingly without incident on the way.
Ms Henthorn's account, on the other hand, has Nathan struggling to hop the fence, which is obvious because she mentions a CROWD OF PEOPLE who were actually cheering him on and HELPING him. Now why didn't Mr Carpenter mention anything about a CROWD helping Nathan into the venue? Why would this witness lie and make this detail up? Whatever the case, she then states a security guard came right up to Nathan after he jumped the fence and MR Carpenter was also yelling after him. Nathan didn't seem to drop anything - not his gun, his ammo, his glasses, his hat - even though it sounds like he struggled with getting over the fence. We know at LEAST 2 security guards are aware Nathan jumped the fence, and there's a CROWD of people who saw it. Security guard gets right in Nathan's face, and as if it was some sort of magic word, Nathan gets by the guard by saying "what's up?" Nathan may have been big and scary looking but it's hard to believe he simply walked right past security after all of this mess.
"She [Penny Reed, witness] saw a male/white who she described as husky wearing a white hoodie and the 70s style type sunglasses and a jacket over top. She thought this person as trying to get into the concert for free because when she saw this male coming over the fence of the patio, she started hollering out "fugitive fugitive..." Ms Reed watched as the security guard went after this white/male and they enter into the bar area." - Summary #45
"Ms Brenstuhl [witness] indicated she and her daughter...were sitting outside on the patio...Approximately 2 tables away she observed 2 males sitting drinking beer when another male came up to them...this male that had just walked up, told the 2 males he had just been at Damageplan trailer and tried to get in by banging on the door..the male indicated the band knows him by name and would want him there. The roadie told the male to "fuck off" and then shut the door. The male said he then left...shortly after the male said this, he then walked inside as Damageplan began to play...Ms Brestuhl could not be positive if this was the same man who had shot the four individuals inside and was later identified as Nathan Gale...In talking with Laura Brenstuhl, she indicated it was the same male she had seen outside talking with the 2 males that she had observed onstage with the handgun " - Summary #36
We have Ms Reed claiming she hollered "fugitive!" when she saw Nathan jump the fence. We get the sense she was being sarcastic and humorous about the whole thing, which makes you wonder if there really WAS a crowd helping him get in. If Ms Reed thought the whole thing was so amusing, she probably wasn't the only one! Her statements about his appearance are a bit off, but many witnesses saw different colors when recounting the color of Nathan's gun and his clothing. It was dark and clubs are dimly lit - so the "70s style type glasses" might be explained away somewhat reasonably this way.
Ms Brenstuhl claims she saw Nathan start up a conversation with a couple guys once over the fence. What? How did he have the time, or the will to stop and chat at that point? We know Nathan was real "crazy" and all that, but we also keep hearing how "determined" he was to attack Dimebag. Doesn't really sound like the actions of someone with a sense of urgency to kill. He's got security after him and he's got a guitar player on stage to shoot! This story of him just coming from Damageplan's "trailer" does kind of match up with an earlier account by Mr Barnes [Damageplan sound technician] who claimed Nathan approached him at about 10:15PM. Mr Barnes's account has him being a bit short, but polite to Nathan. The above account is basically the same but has him being not so polite to Nathan, indicated by the "fuck off" statement. In any case, if this story is true it is the ONLY insight we have into Nathan's mind just before approaching the stage to execute Dimebag Darrell. It manages to make Nathan look like a crazy fan, in pretty graphic detail [one reason it may have been coerced by investigators]. Given that Ms Brenstuhl initially stated she wasn't sure if it was Nathan, then charged her mind, indicates to me that some coercion COULD have occurred. Whatever the case, the entire story sounds extremely strange and questionable for a number of basic reasons.
"Mr Gallagher [witness] said that the band Damageplan had just come out on stage and begun playing when a stage tech walked up to the microphone, which was being used by the guitar player, "Dimebag Darrell."...he observed a man [Nathan Gale] wearing a Blue Jackets jersey coming from the left side of the stage towards the middle of the stage then stopped after seeing the stage tech and walked back...the stage tech finished working on the microphone then the male wearing the Blue Jackets jersey walked directly towards Dimebag, put both hands on the handgun and shot him..."
"Just after the show started, Mr Paluska [Damageplan manager, stand in bass tech] observed a big guy male/white, had pushed his way upon the stage very aggressively...Mr Paluska related he grabbed the guy and this individual turned around and shot him.
"Mr Abbott [Vinny "Vince," brother of Dimebag, Drummer of Damageplan] stated that they had just started to play when he observed the suspect, Nathan Gale, proceed across the stage from his right to left...Mr Gale approached Darrell Abbott. placing Mr Abbott in a headlock and then began shooting Mr Abbott in the head with a handgun..."
"John Brooks stated that he was standing behind the cabinets on the right side of the stage and he believed the band had already been playing 40-45 minutes and it was near the end of the set when he saw a guy who went running across the stage and stopped near the drum risers..he thought that it was a fan wanting to get a set of drumsticks...he went running around the cabinets and that's when he saw this man shoot the guitar player in the back of the head."
"Mr Kakaha stated he is the bassist of the band and was standing on the right front corner of the stage next to the singer, Paul Lachman. It was approximately 10:15PM and they were in the process of playing their first song. The suspect came from behind him while he was on the stage and went straight to the guitar player...he looked over to Dimebag and the suspect looked like he was hugging him, then turned to the side and that's when he saw the gun aimed at his head....Mr Kakaha stated he ran back behind his bass amps and ran out the back door towards his tour bus."
When the band started to play, he did not see the suspect, Nathan Gale, get on stage. He did however see the individual walk across the left side of the stage...across to Dimebag, the guitar player like he was on a mission...Mr [Aaron] Barnes stated that while he [Nathan] was reloading, he kept looking around as if he was looking for someone else in particular"
"Mr Lachman stated he started singing and was looking down into the crowd and did not see the shooter approach the stage...he heard several shots, looked over at Dimebag, and saw the suspect...shooting at Dimebag. At this time, Mr Lachman stated he jumped off the stage and looked back and saw Jeff Thompson who is security for the band lying on the stage...he was still holding the microphone and started yelling for someone to call 911 and then he ran outside with the house security."
I realize there is a lot of information above, but if we scroll up to the still pictures I posted right at the beginning of this section taken from the audience - these are some of the last pictures taken of Damageplan just before the shooting broke out. In the first 2 pictures, you can make out the mic stand in front of Dimebag Darrell. The last picture shows Dimebag with his BACK to the audience and the mic stand is now GONE. To give perspective here, the mic stand was placed just in front of Vinnie's LEFT kick drum, from the perspective of the photographer. It's hard to make out, but it is there if you look closely. Someone moved that mic stand just before Nathan Gale attacked Dimebag. First question we need to ask is, who moved that mic stand and why? Keep this in mind while we continue.
Mr Gallagher relates above that Nathan Gale actually got onstage, then HESITATED. Wait a minute. He had all kinds of security after him and was all intent and "on a mission" to kill Dimebag and he...hesitated on stage? He gets to the MIDDLE of the stage, right in front of Vinnie Paul's drums! [this is echoed in Mr Brook's statement] Then he turns around and goes back to the side of the stage. Why does he do this? Because a "STAGE TECH" walks out onto the stage and starts messing with Dimebag's microphone. Well it seems we now know how that microphone stand got moved now don't we? Why would they set up a mic in front of Dimebag only to have a stage tech immediately go out on the first song and move it out of the way? And how did Nathan have time to hesitate like this, with security after him? Nobody saw him get on stage, go back to the side, then get back onstage?
Most people think Dimebag was the first person shot that night, but Damageplan's manager Mr Paluska relates above how he saw Nathan get on stage and got shot trying to stop him. So not only did Nathan hesitate on stage, he was delayed by having to deal with Mr Paluska. Again, where is security? They are on his tail and he has time to get on stage, get off, get back on, shoot someone, than just run right at Dimebag, who's back is conveniently to the crowd at this point early into the first song. The singer and the bass player didn't see or hear Mr Paluska get shot RIGHT behind them on stage?
The camera footage of this event was taken by Dimebag's camera which was sitting on top of the bass players gear, stage right to Vinny Paul's kick drum. Somehow, just before Nathan Gale approaches the stage, everyone on stage disappears! The singer and the bass player go off to the front right side, and Dimebag disappears off to the left and is standing right in front of his amp, as pictured in the 3rd photo at the top of this section - where the mic stand which was in front of him moments before is now gone. It's almost as if the "red sea just parts" for Nathan Gale to do his deed. Why was Dimebag standing directly in front of his amp with his back to the crowd seconds into the first song? Was there something wrong with his amp? Was this related to the "popping noises" people heard coming out of the speakers?
The above image is a still taken directly from the footage. We see Nathan approach the stage very rapidly, he does NOT turn around [this footage can be found easily online], pulls his gun right out, and holds it with 2 hands while it is pointed directly where we think Dimebag stands [but we can't actually see him because he's outside camera view] From the above accounts, we know Nathan got Dimebag in some sort of headlock. Why did Nathan have 2 hands on the gun, pointed at Darrell, and then grab him in a headlock? Why didn't he just start shooting? This means another slight hesitation had to occur, and there was a couple witnesses who said they saw Darrell turn around and gaze at Nathan for a split second just before he was shot. This guy is an ex marine, trained to kill. Why did he hesitate? What was the purpose of this headlock? Is this what "crazy people" do? If anything, he risked shooting himself accidentally by doing this. I'm having a hard time connecting Nathan Gale's "killer instinct" with all of these oddball details that seem to just magically work in his favor time and time again here.
John Brook's recollection above has the shooting starting near the end of Damageplan's set - but I think it is important to consider that he was shot multiple times and was held hostage just a few hours before this interview was conducted - so I imagine he was still in quite a bit of shock recounting this event.
"Nobody directed me anywhere once I entered the door....The suspect [Nathan Gale] had not seen me and I saw that I could move closer to him along the back of the stage. I moved as quickly as I could in a half crouched position toward the suspect..." Tape recorded statement, Officer James Niggemeyer
I am no expert in guns by any means, but James Niggemeyer knew he was heading into a club where guns were being fired and many people were inside. Perhaps this is simply protocol in such a situation, I don't know - but shotgun blasts are known to "spread out" as the distance between shooter and target increases. I don't quite understand why Officer James Niggemeyer thought a shotgun was the best weapon to enter drawn when a pistol would be a more accurate shot, should there be a situation where innocent people might be in the line of fire. This is exactly the issue Niggemeyer faced when he walked in and saw that Nathan Gale had a hostage. We know Officer Niggemeyer was very familiar with his weapon but even he states he was in fear of shooting the hostage as well. A pistol would have been more accurate, but of course we know he aimed off to the side and blew Nathan Gale's brains out with perfect precision without harming anyone else.
The still photo above was taken from the "alleged footage" from Dimebag Darrell's camera, as I stated earlier. This footage is often seen as "grainy" or otherwise distorted.But the original footage is quite clear, and as of this writing can be seen very well using this link https://www.10tv.com/article/survivors-recall-events-alrosa-villa-shooting. You will also notice some witness testimonies there which are questionable and some very obvious political motives being impressed upon the viewer. But my main problem with this footage is that we can clearly see James Niggemeyer rush out onto the stage with what seems like 2 or 3 security guards just waving their hands and yelling and practically rolling out a red carpet for officer Niggemeyer directing him to where Nathan Gale is holding his hostage on the other side of the stage. But this didn't happen according to Niggemeyer's own account above!
First off, he says "nobody directed me anywhere once I entered the door." Look at the picture above. You can see the guy with the ponytail POINTING towards where Nathan is holding a hostage! He said he moved "along the back of the stage" so that Nathan would not see him. In the above video, he barrels out right in the MIDDLE of the stage in FRONT of those drums! He says he was in a "half crouched position." Does he look "half crouched" in the above still? Officer Niggemeyer had to be very careful not to be seen, as Nathan and his hostage were on their knees, slightly beside or behind some speakers, FACING the crowd. If Niggemeyer approached from the middle or front of the stage, he'd have been seen. He had to approach from BEHIND slightly.
It seems that the footage the public has been lead to believe is actually from the shooting that night is STAGED. Either that or the footage is real and Officer Niggemeyer is lying in this report. The other possibility is that staged footage was handed to everyone and the press, and the real footage was never released to the public. I guess we'll never know the truth about how/why Darrell Abbott was killed. But I think it is important to remember that one reason we may not know WHY this happened is because we are being lied to about the details of what happened. I'm not denying this event occurred, but it did not occur the way we've been told. I believe within this blog I have demonstrated proof of this using the official materials which are available to the public.