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Bolivar man wrote he wanted to help Blaec Lammers "kill a lot of people" in facebook post

Facebook posts sympathized with suspect in movie massacre plot; man admits posts were "stupid"

November 23, 2012|by Mary Moloney, Brandon Foster | KSPR News Reporter, Photojournalist

BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Copycats. It is not just teasing language used on the playground; some are consider it a dangerous repercussion of serious events.

Last Thursday, Bolivar Police arrested Blaec Lammers after he bought weapons and a movie ticket. Investigators said Lammers admitted he wanted to mimic the Colorado movie theater massacre.

This week, police worried there may be a copycat to the copycat after a Bolivar man posted on facebook Lammers would have had help.

Mykah Brogan wrote, "I see why Blaec Lammers wanted to kill alot (sic) of people in this town. Wish he would of told me his plan, I would of help."

Several other profanity-laced writings on Brogan's page alluded to similar sentiments.

"I love my son very deeply, but it is very disturbing," said Misty Brogan, Mykah's mother. "To know that he actually posted stuff like that on a public website saying that he would finish the mission that Blaec had started is very very upsetting, very very disturbing. I'm still very upset about it."

Bolivar Police took notice and paid a visit to Brogan's house. Investigators searched the home for weapons and other items to ensure another plot was not in the works.

"The first time I heard about this was when the cops were here and I thought it was crazy and ridiculous," said Brogan's sister, Danielle Law. "I think it's good that they looked into it because what if Mykah really was a serial killer? What if he really was homicidal?"

More and more people turn to social media sites to post innermost thoughts on a public forum.

"My concern is that people post on facebook or on blogs significant amounts of information they would have not otherwise ever shared," explained Richard Brewer, Professor of Psychology at Southwest Baptist University. "They end up doing things that they would have never dreamed of doing if they had some kind of corrective conversations, real relationships if you will."

Further, Brewer said those who are lonely, depressed, or mentally ill could potentially relate to characters created in books and movies or through social and traditional media.

"I think partly it may very well be that they are in a bad spot themselves. Hearing things like that may energize them, may empower them, or may feel as though they in some way somehow can express themselves through somebody else who gave them the idea," detailed Brewer.

For the man behind the posts, the words were meaningless.

"Bolivar's kind of let me down quite a bit since I was here last time. So it's just those drunk things. I was mad, I guess, and then I posted it," said Brogan somberly.

As for future facebook musings, Brogan said he has learned his lesson. He deleted the posts and insisted the writings were simply a stupid mistake.

"I don't have any feelings to go out and do anything," said Brogan. "If I would have known it would be this big of deal, I wouldn't have said it."

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