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Louisiana Movie Shooter Thanked Dylann Roof for 'Wake Up Call'

The drifter who shot up a Louisiana movie theater last summer left behind a journal in which he thanked the Charleston church shooter.
Image: John Russel Houser
John Russel Houser opened fire in a movie theater on July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, Louisiana. Lafayette Police Department via AP

The disturbed drifter who shot-up a Louisiana movie theater last summer left behind a vile journal in which he thanked the racist young man accused of the Charleston church massacre for the "wake up call."

"Had Dylan (sic) Roof reached political maturity he would have seen the word is not n----r but liberal," 59-year-old John 'Rusty' Houser wrote some time before he fatally-shot two women and wounded several more people inside a Lafayette cinema. "But thank you for the wake up call Dylann."

Houser, in a hand-written diary that was released Wednesday by the Lafayette Police Department, was referring to 21-year-old Dylann Roof, who is charged with killing nine people last June during a prayer breakfast at the historic Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. All of Roof's victims were black.

A former bar owner from Georgia with a long history of mental problems, Houser capped his deadly shooting spree in July by killing himself as cops were closing in.

"I do not look forward to my own end, but I do not trust myself in captivity," he wrote.

Police found Houser's journal later in his $40-a-night room at a Lafayette Motel 6 — along with glasses and wigs, empty liquor bottles and mounds of dirty clothes.

In a section entitled "Reason for My Actions," Houser made two bizarre entries that shed little light on why he opened fire.

"Just running an errand on my way home," he wrote. "I'm going to Dizzkneeland."

He signed it "Rusty."

Houser also appeared to be a fan of Donald Trump, who he likened to President Reagan.

"Just as the election of Reagan brought about immediate change in international negotiations, so it will be if Trump is elected," he wrote.

Earlier, Houser declared that "America is a filth farm" and he claimed "liberal political measures are approved without a vote of the people."

"It is this that boils the blood of the best citizens," he wrote. Later, he added, "America must go boldly in reverse."

A strident right-winger and reportedly a fan of Adolf Hitler, Houser warned ominously: "If you have not stood against filth, you are now a soft target."

Houser bashed the "liberal" media but also FOX News and claimed the fact that there was no Sears or J.C. Penney stores at his local mall was a sign of "the end." He also went on a racist and homophobic tear, claiming that "40% of whites are now as depraved as the majority of blacks" and insisting that "some people are born qu--r, very few." He underlined "very few."

"I have been sane all my life," Houser insisted at another point.

In another section, which Houser entitled "Lies of the Century," the killer declared that neither blacks nor women were "mentally" equal to white men and "God is not good."

While Houser was no fan of black people in general, his journal revealed he liked African-American singers like Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Tina Turner and Al Green — as well as Tom Jones, Andy Gibb and Donnie Osmond.

Houser also listed his favorite movies, which included everything from "Star Wars" and "Animal House" to classics like "Casablanca" and "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" to mob movies like "Goodfellas."

Noticeably absent from his list of favorites was the Amy Schumer comedy "Trainwreck," which was on the screen when Houser started shooting.

Is his final entries, Houser mentioned “Trainwreck” and a movie time. He closed his rambling journal with a cryptic phrase whose meaning was soon and tragically revealed: “My choice is clear for anyone that is a leader. If you see the truth, you know what is to come.”