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Texas bomber’s recorded confession: ‘I wish I were sorry but I am not’

Mark Conditt, who died when he blew himself up as police closed in, calls himself a psychopath in the recording

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 March, 2018, 12:22pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 March, 2018, 12:25pm

The man who killed two people and wounded five others with a series of bomb attacks in the Austin area left an audio recording for police that includes a haunting revelation about himself.

“I wish I were sorry but I am not,” Mark Conditt said in the cellphone recording, according to sources familiar with his statements. He described himself as a “psychopath” and said he feels as though he has been disturbed since childhood.

Conditt also promised that he would go inside a crowded McDonald’s to blow himself up if he thought authorities were closing in on him, according to law enforcement sources briefed on the contents of the audio. The sources declined to be identified because they are not authorised to speak about the recording, which police are using as evidence in the case.

Interim Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed the existence of the audio in a news conference Wednesday, but provided limited details about its specifics. He called it a “confession.”

Police say Conditt, 23, detonated a bomb inside his car early Wednesday as officers closed in on him along a highway. He had a laptop computer with him that was destroyed in the blast, but officials say they think it may have contained other recordings.

According to the sources, he began his 28-minute statement, which was recorded after 9pm on Tuesday, saying “it’s me again” and blamed himself for helping investigators find him by going into a FedEx store on in Sunset Valley to mail two explosive devices, one of which blew up at a transfer facility in Schertz.

That decision, Conditt realised, allowed him to be captured on video cameras inside the store and for outside cameras to snap photographs of his number plate, which authorities used to learn his identity.

Conditt also acknowledged that his actions left family members without loved ones, and caused permanent injuries to other victims, including an elderly woman, but said little else about them.

The sources also repeated what Manley said at the news conference – that Conditt gave no hint about how or why he chose the targets of the bomb attacks.