It is almost the rule that right-wing extremist terrorists leave documents to explain their actions and thoughts. The Norwegian Anders Breivik, who murdered 77 people in Oslo and on the island of Utøya in 2011, wrote a "manifesto" of more than a thousand pages. The Christchurch mosque assassin sent such a propaganda pamphlet as did Stephan B., who attacked the Halle synagogue in October 2019 and murdered two people.
Tobias R., the 43-year-old who allegedly shot around two shisha cafes in Hanau, Hesse on Wednesday evening, killed nine people there and then shot his mother and himself, also left behind a document that was likely to serve a similar purpose. The document has 24 pages, ZEIT ONLINE is available.
From the text, there is a fragmentary information about Tobias R.: Accordingly, he completed a banking apprenticeship in the late 1990s and began studying business administration in Bayreuth in October 2000. The University of Bayreuth confirmed ZEIT ONLINE that Tobias R. studied there.
Right-wing extremist worldview
Parts of the manifesto suggest that R. had a right-wing extremist view of the world. Long passages of the document also indicate that he was confused and felt persecuted and monitored.
Right at the beginning in his "Message to the entire German people" Tobias R. describes that there is a kind of worldwide secret service that does not appear by name, but is able to read other people's thoughts and control them remotely. He had been convinced from childhood on to be observed by this dark force - for example, because he heard voices or felt how to "latch on" with him.
He reported about these mechanisms to an Austrian "institute", which deals with the topic of remote viewing. According to the Südwestrundfunk, his email communication with his head shows that he had already written parts of his text in November 2019.
After a few pages, his xenophobic thinking is expressed. Tobias R. writes about the "bad behavior of certain ethnic groups, namely Turks, Moroccans, Lebanese, Kurds, etc.". He had an aversion to these groups that historically they had "not been able to perform", while Germany was a country "from which the best and most beautiful arises".
Confused analysis of world politics
Expelling foreigners would no longer bring a solution. Therefore certain races, which Tobias R. also lists, should be "completely destroyed": "I would eliminate all these people, even if we speak of several billion here."
These passages are clearly racist. But it is striking that, unlike Breivik, for example, Tobias R. does not offer any sources and does not refer to any other literature.
The middle part of the document is an attempt at an analysis of global politics, which is however also confusing. Tobias R. talks about the role of the USA, China and Mexico, it is about theoretically conceivable key technologies and the NAFTA free trade agreement of 1999, but the statements are not logical.
In a section on "Women", Tobias R. then becomes personal, talks about how high his demands are on a partner and that they were never fulfilled. Elsewhere, he claims to have had no girlfriend for 18 years. Here there are echoes of the ideas of the Incel subculture of predominantly white, heterosexual men who find themselves in a state of " involuntary celibacy ", that is, involuntary celibacy. A commonality that R. shares with the assassin Stephan B.
Tobias R. describes several times that he influenced events around the world based on his eavesdropping thoughts: The Prison Break series goes back as much as Trump's election to the American President, his slogan " America First " or the strategy of the German Football Association ,
In summary, the pamphlet is a mixture of racism and extermination fantasies, conspiracy theories and personal delusions. At this point it is still difficult to say which conclusions can be drawn from this. Nothing that is claimed in the document has to be correct. Tobias R. may have deliberately left the wrong track.
However, he seems to have suspected that he would not survive Wednesday night. This is indicated by a wording on the first page: He will "no longer experience the confirmation of what he describes in the pamphlet".