Unveiling the Disturbing Voices Inside the Mind of Lewiston Mass Shooter

The chilling details surrounding the Lewiston mass shooting have begun to emerge, shedding light on the disturbing mental state of the perpetrator, Robert Card. In the months leading up to the horrific incident, Card had repeatedly claimed that he was hearing voices in his head, labeling him a “pedophile.” This revelation paints a grim picture of a man tormented by his own mind, spiraling into paranoia and violence.

Card’s family were among the first to raise concerns about his erratic behavior. They reported instances where he lashed out verbally at them, and even brandished a gun when they visited him. The 40-year-old gunman’s actions were not only alarming but also indicative of a deep-seated paranoia that was beginning to consume him.

In addition to his family’s concerns, Card’s heavy drinking in the lead-up to the mass shooting further exacerbated his unstable mental state. His paranoia had escalated to such an extent that he considered hiring a lawyer, convinced that people were falsely accusing him of being a pedophile.

The Maine National Guard, too, had grown increasingly worried about Card, a US Army reservist. His fellow soldiers feared that he would “snap and commit a mass shooting,” prompting them to urge local authorities to carry out a welfare check on him. Their fears, unfortunately, turned out to be prophetic.

Adding to the confusion and chaos, there were premature claims made online that Card was a registered sex offender. These claims were based on the discovery of a Robert W. Card listed on Maine’s sex offender registry. However, it was later clarified that the suspect in the mass shooting was Robert R. Card, not the individual listed on the registry.

According to Katie Card, married to Robert’s brother, Robert began hearing “horrible” voices shortly after being fitted for high-powered hearing aids. He was picking up voices that he had never heard before, adding another layer of complexity to his deteriorating mental state.

In September, the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office sent officers to Card’s home after receiving information from the U.S. Army Reserve about Card making “veiled threats” against an Army base. This incident further underscored the severity of Card’s mental health issues and the potential threat he posed.

The Lewiston mass shooting is a tragic reminder of the devastating consequences of untreated mental health issues. It underscores the urgent need for comprehensive mental health services and early intervention strategies to prevent such horrific incidents in the future.