Film Alluding to Violence Made by Denver Shooter Released

DENVER (AP) — A person who fatally shot 5 individuals earlier than being killed by police alluded to violence in a movie on the market on an internet site that beforehand bought fictional e-books he is believed to have written, with victims and scenes much like the assaults.

Lyndon McCleod, 47, wounded two others together with a police officer within the rampage Dec. 27 at a number of areas round Denver.

The 47-minute movie, “Warhorse,” reveals McCleod in a lodge room with a briefcase stuffed with $100 payments, driving a customized motorbike round Denver, standing in an artwork museum and sitting in a van exterior World Tattoo Studio, the place McLeod as soon as owned a enterprise known as Flat Black Ink Corp.

The movie intersperses motion sequences, typically edited as animation, with snippets of nonetheless pictures, animal skulls, marked-up texts, forest fires, art work, totems and Civil Conflict references. All through, an audio-distorted, male voice-over reads texts about topics together with Genghis Khan and Jesse James, the Denver Gazette reported.

One temporary scene reveals a determine in a black, hockey-type masks carrying a protracted gun and stepping out of a van. The movie, which at one level reveals McCleod eradicating the masks, solely credit McCleod on the finish and he is the one individual featured in it.

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The film’s sale doesn’t sit effectively with Jeremy Costilow, whose identify was talked about 100 instances in McLeod’s self-published e-book trilogy. Costilow was practically killed within the rampage.

“No person ought to earn cash off of that. It’s horrible,” Costilow informed the Gazette. “I do know individuals are fascinated by killers, however I don’t assume anyone ought to personal that film in any respect.”

Amanda Knight, a good friend of McLeod’s who warned police about him a yr earlier than the slayings, helps promote the film to assist McLeod’s former girlfriend recoup cash and property she misplaced. A press release on the web site says, “Proceeds of this movie go to victims of the crime.”

McLeod’s buddies are additionally traumatized from the killings, Knight mentioned.

“Folks should heal. Folks should survive. We’re not wealthy,” mentioned Knight.

Jimmy Maldonado, who was injured within the killer’s first cease at a tattoo store, was proven a screenshot from the movie exhibiting McLeod in tactical gear.

“He was sporting that very same helmet as what’s within the film,” Maldonado mentioned. “At first I assumed it was the police who shot me.”

McLeod was sporting all black, Maldonado mentioned, when he walked within the door of a tattoo store and killed Maldonado’s spouse, Alyssa Gunn-Maldonado, 35, and her good friend, Alicia Cardenas, 44, who owned the store. McLeod within the subsequent hour went on to kill Michael Swinyard, 67; Danny Scofield, 38; and eventually lodge clerk Sarah Steck, 28.

The primary 4 killed have been at tattoo outlets and police have mentioned McLeod knew a lot of the victims by means of enterprise or private relationships.

The self-published, fictional books written beneath the pen identify Roman McClay named a few of McLeod’s real-life victims and described comparable assaults. The books have been not obtainable for obtain Sunday however the movie may very well be downloaded for $30.

Within the first e-book, a personality named Lyndon shoots everybody at a poker occasion held by a personality named “Michael Swinyard.” The second novel additionally incorporates a character named Lyndon and names “Alicia Cardenas” as a sufferer.

Investigators know in regards to the film and will probably be reviewing it, Denver and Lakewood police mentioned.

The FBI didn’t reply to an electronic mail Sunday in search of remark..

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