Jeremy Patterson, a Utah body builder, shot and killed his ex-wife before turning the gun on his 6-year-old son. Patterson then killed himself. The son was critically injured, along with another small child who was passing by.
Police say the attack was premeditated, as Patterson stopped his ex and his son as the child was walking home from school. Police think he was motivated after his ex-wife had told him she was going to stop contact.
Investigators are now saying that Patterson’s Instagram account actually help several warnings in the days leading up to the gruesome shootout.
The Daily Mail reports:
Nielsen declined to say what the outcome of that conversation was, or detail the nature of the harassment.
Patterson shared a number of threatening Instagram posts in the days leading up to the shooting.
One photo posted two days before the shooting featured the menacing clown from the Saw films, Jigsaw, with the quote ‘Let the games begin’. The Instagram post had 15 likes.
He captioned the photo: ‘My ex thinks she can Control even when we aren’t together!!!! Let the games begin b****!!’
Another post, shared just a day before the shooting, showed a meme of a young child with the quote, ‘I could tell you but… It’s a secret!’ The post was liked by 19 people.
He captioned the post: ‘How can someone love you so much and keep you such a secret?? After 6 months, I never met her friends, family or kids!!! I don’t think anyone deserves to be kept secret. I love Memorez Rackley and she’s never been a secret in my life!!’
Patterson shared another post to his Facebook page in which he expressed his love for Rackley and his disappointment over her keeping their affair secret.
He wrote: ‘Not sure why Instagram pulled this pic!! Maybe a shirtless guy is against the ethics code or maybe Memorez Clark Rackley doesn’t want the world to know that she cheat on her husband with me??
‘It’s really sickening when you love someone and they keep you a secret in this world!! When I love, I’m proud, I wanna show my love to the world!!!
‘Anyway… this is my proud moment and I own this picture and I will keep posting!! When you lose someone after 6 months is hurts and this pic reminds me of all the good times we had together!!!! I know I will never feel that love again!!!’
He tagged the post with a number of hashtags, including ‘#mensphysique’, ‘#relationship’, ‘#cheaters’ and ‘#leavetheuglybehind’.
Authorities say married Rackley and bodybuilder Patterson were or had been in some sort of relationship and that the killings they described as targeted happened Tuesday afternoon just after Rackley picked her boys up from elementary school.