Denver shooter affiliated with OTO occult
Tue, 18 Dec 2007 03:18:07 -0800
Denver Shooter was affiliated with OTO occult
group Thursday, December 13, 2007
Gunman Matthew Murray, who attacked churches in
Colorado, had attended gatherings of the OTO
Scroll down to the section headlined, "Asked to
leave group," at this link:
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Gunman wrote of rejection as reason for revenge
By Jeremy P. Meyer, David Migoya and Christopher
N. Osher The Denver Post Article Last Updated:
12/12/2007 10:08:42 AM MST
A former roommate took this photo of Matthew
Murray performing in a Dec. 14, 2002, Christmas
program. (Courtesy of Richard Werner)
At times he was DyingChild_65, at others
nghtmrchld26. But regardless of Matthew Murray's
alleged screen name, he was always angry when
posting to various anti-religious websites.
The 24-year-old Arapahoe County resident — who
carried out attacks Sunday at two religious
organizations about 70 miles apart, killing four
people and injuring several others — exploded
on the Internet between Sunday's shootings.
"Christian America this is YOUR Columbine," said
the poster who appears to be Murray on the
newsgroup alt.suicide.holiday almost four hours
before the shooting at the New Life Church campus
in Colorado Springs.
Police say Murray walked onto the campus hurling
smoke bombs and armed with handguns, rifles and
1,000 rounds of ammunition. He fatally shot
sisters Stephanie Works, 18, and Rachael Works,
16, before getting into a gunbattle with a
security guard and finally killing himself,
Hours before, Murray opened fire in a dormitory
for missionaries in Arvada, killing Tiffany
Johnson, 26, and Philip Crouse, 24.
Between shootings, Murray apparently logged onto
a computer and posted writings from Columbine
shooter Eric Harris under his own name, lyrics
from satanic rock songs and rants about being
rejected, abused and suffocated by Christianity.
Authorities have confirmed some website postings;
police are still examining other postings,
including ones by DyingChild_65 on
alt.suicide.holiday. Officials from the
organizations named in those postings confirmed
some of the details Murray wrote.
A post from DyingChild_65, made at 9:33 a.m.
Sunday, said he had been a member of the Denver
chapter of Youth With a Mission, a member of the
occult group Ad Astra Oasis in Denver and a staff
member of the missionary group King's Kids
Each of those groups on Tuesday confirmed
Murray's involvement. Murray participated in
several camps with King's Kids Denver, which does
Christian outreach. The family that runs King's
Kids Denver introduced Murray to Youth With a
Mission in Denver, said Paul Filidis, a spokesman
for Youth With a Mission in Colorado Springs.
"They said he was a special case," Filidis said
Tuesday, agreeing to speak after talking with
King's Kids Denver director Ronny Morris. After
Youth With a Mission officials refused to send
Murray on a mission, the Morris family offered to
talk to YWAM officials but Murray asked them not
to, said Filidis.
Morris' daughter Veronica said, "We loved
Matthew, and we cared for him the best we could."
Angered by rejections
DyingChild_65 did not feel loved. He wrote that
he was angered by being rejected by various
groups over the years.
"I hate you people for leaving me out of so many
fun things," one post said. "Never inviting me to
all your fun parties, never inviting me to hang
The killings in Arvada followed a night of
Christmas revelry by the young people training to
be missionaries, said Peter Warren, YWAM
director. Murray arrived after the Christmas
party, asking to stay at the dorm. He talked with
staffers for 30 minutes before firing.
Later, on the alt.suicide.holiday website,
DyingChild_65 wrote that he had looked everywhere
for spiritual truth.
"All I found in christianity was hate, abuse
(sexual, physical, psychological, and emotional),
hypocrisy, and lies," writes the poster
DyingChild_65 ends his rant by saying: "Like Cho,
Eric Harris, Ricky Rodriguez and others, I'm
going out to make a stand for the weak and the
defenseless this is for all those young people
still caught in the Nightmare of Christianity for
all those people who've been abused and
mistreated and taken advantage of by this evil
sick religion Christian America this is YOUR
Rodriguez, as a child member in a cult, was
forced to perform sex acts. He later left the
cult, killed a former nanny and then killed
himself. In April, Virginia Tech student
Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and himself in the
deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history.
At least one visitor to the website was alarmed
and contacted the FBI promptly, before the second
attack, 9News reported the site's administrator
The FBI confirmed to 9News that the bureau got
the warning about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Murray's
final posting on the website was at 11:03 a.m.
The FBI told 9News that after it got the warning,
it contacted Arvada police. Agents were examining
Murray's posts when the shootings at New Life
Carl Raschke, a professor of religious studies at
the University of Denver, said he believes Murray
was "under huge psychological turmoil."
"It seemed like he was involved in his own
spiritual battle against the empire of
Christianity," adding that one of the screen
names, nghtmrchld26, is taken from a video game
in which characters battle evil demons.
"I would call him a defector from the spiritual
warfare that he was brought up in," Raschke said.
Asked to leave group
Steve Mariner, the president of Denver's occult
group Ad Astra Oasis, says Murray attended group
meetings for about a year before being asked to
leave in September.
Ad Astra Oasis is an officially chartered body of
the Ordo Templi Orientis, a ceremonial magic
order based on the teachings of English poet and
mystic Aleister Crowley.
"He was a mostly quiet, geeky young man," Mariner
said of Murray. "He was a skinny little kid. He
was your typical I-like-college-over-cars type.
He was a voracious reader, as far as I could
tell. I never heard him raise his voice."
Mariner said the group of about 15 people
realized over time that Murray was not fitting
"It seemed like he needed some time to back off
and evaluate himself," he said. "We could
summarize it as saying the personalities were not
a good mix."
Mariner said he was shocked when he learned
Murray was the shooter. "You are sitting there
having a conversation with someone ," Mariner
said. "We all have our little personality quirks,
but you don't appraise them of being someone who
would go off and do something this atrocious."
That Murray shot several people horrified Richard
Werner, a missionary who bunked with him in
Arvada in 2002, but it didn't surprise him.
"It was something you can't ever imagine, but it
was so obvious after it happened," said Werner,
34, who now lives in Brazil. "It's just because
of the way he used to behave."
Werner shared a dormitory with 18 other people,
and Murray slept on a bottom bunk next to his.
Now a cook who ministers in his free time, Werner
said his time with Murray left him with some
One experience jarred Werner enough to note it in
his diary. "It was Oct. 23 of 2002," Werner said
Tuesday in a telephone interview from Brazil. "He
was tossing and turning in the middle of the
night, talking to himself. I asked him if
everything was OK, and he said, 'I'm just talking
to my voices.' "
The response jarred Werner.
"I said, 'Dude, you've got to be kidding,' "
Werner recalled. "And he said, 'Don't worry,
Richard. You're a nice guy and you have nothing
to worry about. The voices like you.' "
Another memorable incident occurred at a
missionary Christmas party where attendees
grouped together and some sang songs in the
talent-show atmosphere, Werner said.
"He just went up there to sing, and one of the
songs was 'I'm One Step Closer to the Edge,'
which really upset people," Werner said.
The Linkin Park song culminates with the
anguished phrase "I'm about to break!" When
directors at the school decided in December 2002
that Murray shouldn't join others on a mission
trip to Bosnia, Werner said it was because
"people weren't comfortable with his behavior."
"He wasn't kicked out," he said. "The directors
had a conversation with his parents, and it was
decided it would be better if he leave."
On another website, a poster named nghtmrchld26,
believed by police to be Murray, said he rebelled
against an upbringing that forbade him from
buying rock music, video games and popular DVDs.
He writes that he felt oppressed by the
restrictions. The hypocrisy of religious leaders,
he wrote, prompted him to rebel, although he
feared "returning back to what is at least
'familiar,' into a system I at least know how to
behave in.' "
In another posting, Murray wrote of a crushing
depression that would not respond to intensive
therapy or medication.
"This is the Nightmare that just goes on and on,"
he wrote. Some postings harbor bitterness toward
Youth With a Mission. He said the staff there
decided to tell him one week before an outreach
mission that they did not want him to go.
"The fact is, in YWAM, and christianity, it's all
about the Beautiful People," he wrote.
Killer's Rant a.. Read the full, unedited version
of Matthew Murray's final web posting, filled
with profanity and hatred of Christians. Murray's
Past E-mail us if you knew Matthew Murray, and
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Killer's rant filled with profanity, hate
By The Denver Post Article Last Updated:
12/11/2007 09:24:12 AM MST A message posted
between the Youth With a Mission shooting in
Arvada on Sunday, Dec. 9 and the New Life Church
shooting in Colorado Springs is believed to be
Matthew Murray's last posting. It contains
language which many may find objectionable.
You christians brought this on yourselves
I'm coming for EVERYONE soon and I WILL be armed
to the @#%$ teeth and I WILL shoot to kill.
....God, I can't wait till I can kill you people.
Feel no remorse, no sense of shame, I don't care
if I live or die in the shoot-out. All I want to
do is kill and injure as many of you ... as I can
especially Christians who are to blame for most
of the problems in the world.
Well all you people out there can just kiss my
ass and die. From now on I don't give a @#%$
about what all you mutha fuckers have to say,
unless I respect you which is highly unlikely,
but for those of you who do happen to know me and
know that I respect you, may peace be with you
and don't be in my line of fire, for the rest of
you, you all better @#%$ hide in your houses
because I'm coming for EVERYONE soon, and I WILL
be armed to the @#%$ teeth, and I WILL shoot to
kill and I WILL @#%$ KILL EVERYTHING! No I am not
crazy, crazy is just a word, to me it has no
meaning, everyone is different, but most of you
@#%$ heads out there in society, going to your
everyday @#%$ jobs and doing your everyday
routine shitty things, I say @#%$ you and die, if
you got a problem with my thoughts, come to me
and I'll kill you, because........God damnit,
DEAD PEOPLE DON'T ARGUE! My belief is that if I
say something, it goes. I am the law. If you
don't like it, you die. If I don't like you or I
don't like what you want me to do, then you die.
If I do something incorrect, oh @#%$ well, you
die. Dead people can't do many things, like
argue, whine, @#%$, complain, name, rat out,
criticize, or even @#%$ talk. So that's the only
way to solve arguments with all you fuckheads out
there, I just kill. God I can't wait till I can
kill you people, I'll just go to some downtown
area in some big city and blow up and shoot
everything I can.
You break my back but you won't break me.....all
is black but I still see...shut me down, knock me
to the floor.....shoot me up, @#%$ me like a
whore....trapped under ice, comfortably cold,
I've gone as low as you can go..... feel no
remorse, no sorrow or shame......time's gonna
wash away all pain I made a God out of blood not
superiority I killed the king of deceit and now I
sleep in anarchy
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