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Gunman in Louisiana theater shooting had history of seeking vengeance

Gunman in Louisiana theater shooting had history of seeking vengeance

The stranger clenched his fists and shook his head, recounting a time when he tried and failed to beat a cat to death with a steel rod. His audience, two women lunching at a Lafayette bistro on a Saturday afternoon, sat across from him, shocked and silent. The man in a Hawaiian-print shirt had pulled a chair up to their table minutes earlier. He stroked their dogs and started to ramble: People spend too much money on their pets. There should be a cheaper way to euthanize an animal. This stranger told them he once took in a stray cat and it got sick, so he bashed its head with the rod but failed to kill it. "He was hurt that the cat lived," recalled Bonnie Barbier, who...

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