Sunday, 8 Dec 2019

From sick racist rants to a manifesto for murder: Inside the twisted mind of New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant

TERROR killer Brenton Tarrant worked with children as a fitness coach before spending two years plotting his mosque massacre, it has emerged.

The white supremacist, 28, wrote a 74-page manifesto of hate in which he described himself as “just a regular man from a regular family”.

He listed Norwegian far-fight mass murderer Anders Breivik and Finsbury Park mosque attacker Darren Osborne as influences.

In the document entitled The Great Replacement he also claimed that white Europeans were “failing to reproduce”.

Australian Tarrant toured the Continent and Asia during seven years of travelling and became obsessed with fascist ideology.

He also visited North Korea and was snapped there with a group at the Samjiyon Grand Monument.

The twisted killer posted relentlessly on a right-wing web forum where users do not need to log in and can remain anonymous.

In trolling comments aimed at gamers, he claimed children’s character Spyro the Dragon “taught me ethno-nationalism”.

And in reference to the dance craze, he said hit game Fortnite “trained me to be a killer and floss on the corpses of my enemies”.

Tarrant told fellow forum users of his intentions to carry out the attack and boasted that he would stream it live on Facebook.

He added: “You are all top blokes and the best bunch of cobbers a man could ask for.

“If I don’t survive the attack, goodbye and God bless.”

Others on the forum hailed him a hero as his massacre was streamed on Facebook yesterday.

In one startling passage from his manifesto, Tarrant compares himself to Nelson Mandela.

He said: “I do not just expect to be released [from prison], but I also expect an eventual Nobel Peace Prize.

“I expect to be freed in 27 years from my incarceration, the same number of years as Mandela, for the same crime.”


After leaving school with poor grades, Tarrant worked at Big River Gym in Grafton, New South Wales, between 2009 and 2011.

His former manager Tracey Gray said he worked hard at his personal training and never gave any hints at the horror he would be responsible for years later.

He said: “I can’t believe somebody I probably had daily dealings with and had shared conversations and interacted with would be able of something to this extreme.

“He started coming to my facility as a boy finishing school. He worked in our programme offering free training to kids in the community. He left here to go travelling.

“The fitness industry is about helping people. It’s an inclusive industry, not exclusive. We take all shapes and sizes — different people.

“He never showed any extremist tendencies in conversations I had with him. Somewhere along the lines, experiences or a group have got a hold of him.

“I think something must have changed in him during the years he spent travelling overseas.”

Tarrant’s father Rodney — a bin collector and competitive athlete — died from an asbestos-related illness aged 49 when his son was finishing school.

In a newspaper obituary, Rodney was described as having a “very friendly, gentle nature”.

A family photo taken in the 1990s shows him holding his son next to his wife and daughter.

Tarrant’s mum Sharon and sister Lauren — also known as Rosie — still live in the family home in Grafton about 200 miles south of Brisbane.

They are said to be in shock, but helping the police investigation.

In his document, Tarrant said his family was “working class, low income” and that he had a regular childhood “without any great issues”.

He added: “I had little interest in education. I did not attend university as I had no great interest in anything offered in the universities to study.”

Music for slaughter

A SICK soundtrack was played by Tarrant on his rampage.

He began with  a Serbian folk hit before The British Grenadiers march.

A Nazi  march blared later before 1968 hit Fire with its lyric:  “I am the god of hellfire.”

Tarrant invested cash in crypto-currency Bitconnect — linked with massive fraud and money laundering — which funded his global travels.
His manifesto is filled with neo Nazi ideology and Islamophobia.

But in a Facebook post about his trip to Pakistan — where 96 per cent of the population are Muslims — he wrote: “An incredible place filled with the most earnest, kindhearted and hospitable people in the world.

The beauty of Hunza and Nagar valley in autumn cannot be beat.”

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