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Meet New Bedford's Dr. Jekyll, Jacob Robida

Robida1_1The photos here come from 18-year-old Jacob Robida's MySpace site. His online persona, Jake Jekyll, professes an interest in the Insane Clown Posse, Nazi propaganda, hallucinogenic drugs, and an obsessive attraction to killing and death. Clearly not the website of a stable individual.

Robida left three men wounded in an attack at Puzzles Lounge, a gay bar in New Bedford, early Thursday morning. One of the victims has spoken to the Associated Press:

"[Robert] Perry was discharged today from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He has a black right eye, a five-inch scar on his right cheek, and a bullet hole in the center of his back just to the right of his spine. The Dartmouth man says he was hit in the face with a hatchet first, then shot. He says he was sure he was going to die -- and thought 'This is the end.'"

The other two victims, Alex Taylor and Luis Rosado, remain hospitalized.


One friend of Robida's "identified herself as 'part black and a lesbian' and said Robida never expressed any hostility toward gays."

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Representative Barney Frank, the openly gay congressman whose district includes New Bedford, made a point of distancing Robida from the town's general population: "This is not some general problem with the people of New Bedford. This is one disturbed 18-year-old."

Police Identify Suspect in New Bedford Attack [tr]
Sicko on the Loose in New Bedford Attack [tr]

Suspect's Friends Jolted by Gay Bar Attack [ap]
The Night Mr. Jekyll Walked into Puzzles [huff's crime blog]
Mr. Jekyll's Friends React [huff's crime blog]

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  1. "openly gay?"...

    Oh, come on, Andy.

    Posted by: timothy | Feb 3, 2006 11:29:04 PM

  2. Timothy, is Barney Frank not out?

    This guys friends on my space are beyond creepy. (mho)

    Posted by: Mike2 | Feb 3, 2006 11:41:23 PM

  3. Seeing Robida in Clown makeup is terrifying. (yes, I have a fear of clowns, aka 'Coulrophobia') Seeing it reminds me of John Gacy, and the 33 boys he slaughtered.

    Here's what Michael Quinion writes about clowns: "...But clown humour has always embraced cruelty in its teasing and insulting of other clowns and members of the audience. Clowns represent anarchy, the personifications of unreason, and a force of nature out of control. Who knows what really lies behind their unchanging painted faces and outlandish costumes? These are all good enough reasons for even the strongest and most adult of us to feel unease in the presence of a clown."

    Robida is a sick bastard. I hope he's stopped, and soon.

    Posted by: Jay Croce | Feb 4, 2006 12:30:49 AM

  4. I have often wondered just how long it would take for the anti-gay movement that has taken hold in this country to inspire just this kind of hate crime. When the dominant right wing Christian movement validates hatred towards gays on a daily basis, we can reasonably expect more and more of this kind of behavior. If the voices in your head are telling you to attack gay people, it doesn't take much more than a nutwing like Pat Robertson to give the assurance they need to turn those thoughts into this kind of action.

    For every one of us who is horrified at this scenario, believe me, there are ten out there who are saying those people got what they deserved. Or saying that fags don't count.

    Scares the shit out of me.

    Posted by: thumper | Feb 4, 2006 2:26:20 AM

  5. What a charming young man.

    What Thumper says is ugly and true. I always wonder, too, about the people surrounding the lives of little freaks like this one. Does a grandmother think he's a good boy? Do we see him at the mall, hanging with a few fellow sociopaths, and think he's just another boringly angry punk?

    Posted by: Jacko | Feb 4, 2006 5:16:29 AM

  6. Horrible. Awful. Unbelievable. I really can't think of anyhing else to use to descrdibe my feelings on this topic. As a high school teacher, I have witnessed all too often how kids treat each other. Heck, in our school newspaper (in an editorial)...a kid was quoted as saying "MySpace is So Gay!"....Why is it that people don't catch the little incideous things that lead to the path of destruction?

    Posted by: mikeymike | Feb 4, 2006 7:57:29 AM

  7. My local paper The Washington Post.........considered by many to be liberal (not by me though) only ran 1 article on this incident and it was on the 12th page.

    Yet the southern california post office shooting went 2 days and always on the front page.

    I no longer feel that our so called liberal friends are truly our friends
    Hopefuly this will be a clarion call to closet cases (gay republicans)......who visit our bars to to revel in their secret lives every so often. We are not safe in our own places. Time to radicalize my brothers and sisters. Time to get like act up used to be.

    The african american civil rights movement basicaly didn't go anywhere till Malcolm, the black panthers, and others came along and gave a radical bent to the movement and scared middle class white people into capitulating to rights. Time to radicalize.........

    Start a revolution

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Feb 4, 2006 9:31:53 AM

  8. It's always when these little freakshows go off the rails that people begin to blame the media. Why do we wait until then? The point about Satanism, Islam, Goth, and Fundemental Christianity is they're extreme, over the top concepts which easily take hold in a cultural vacuum of sparsely populated areas like the suburbs and the deep south. And young people, full of neurotic energy, and self rightous anger are easily exploited by these messages. They are extreme, and radical, and very attractive to the young for that very reason; it seperates them from mom and dad. This is why Muslim fundamentalists thrive among the young. Age brings an appreciation of nuance and complexity. These cultures are anti-human, and anti-campassion by their very nature, not just when some idiot kills people.

    Posted by: Patrick | Feb 4, 2006 10:35:27 AM

  9. His room had hate slogans plastered on the wall and there was this myspace website....yet nobody gave a damn or took the time to notice? What does that say about his parents or the society? It's like that movie Chumscrubbers adults are too self obsessed with themselves to pay attention to the kids. He was in a "military" type school so it was apparent to someone he was in trouble. He still needed to be locked up for good. He is responsible. We are all responsible for our actions and we all have to pay the consequences. He needs to be shot and killed.

    The good news, I guess, is with the rise in the anti-religious propaganda being put out on this website and others we can expect a return of Christian persecution (remember the good old days of roman times?) If people kill us because the religious right condemns us from the pulpit....we can condemn Christian right from our pulpit and people will start killing them. Right? Either I am a going to get it. Which I am sure will make a lot of people happy.

    Posted by: Matthew Schooler | Feb 4, 2006 11:04:32 AM

  10. You're a weird one, schooler.

    Posted by: chumsc rubber | Feb 4, 2006 11:46:53 AM

  11. He should be hunted down like a rabid dog, and shown the same-level of "mercy". They can dissect his brain afterwards.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Feb 4, 2006 12:56:53 PM

  12. Why is his 'sexi icon' a half naked man?

    Posted by: Andrew | Feb 4, 2006 1:23:05 PM

  13. You're a weird one, schooler.

    Well, did you see what Chris Matthew said about the churches being burned? Why not take the next step? Im not saying it was gay people that did the burnning but it does make you wonder....

    Posted by: Matthew Schooler | Feb 4, 2006 2:06:05 PM

  14. Go on the offensive or stay on the in fear or take the fight to guys make the choice. Don't hurt anyone but make them uncomfortable in the places they feel the most comfort -- the places of worship.

    Posted by: Matthew Schooler | Feb 4, 2006 2:39:17 PM

  15. Matthew has the right idea, even if you don't like the way he expressed it. It's not what these nutcases do that causes all the damage. It's the silence of people who know better, and remain silent. If you let a mad dog run loose, you know he's eventually going to bite someone. The responsible thing to do is either kill him, or call the dog catcher. Hoping he won't bite you, doesn't solve the problem.

    If you can't fix it, you just gotta stand it.

    Posted by: Jay Croce | Feb 4, 2006 4:43:29 PM

  16. Matthew and Jay-are you fucking crazy? We are supposed to burn down Churches now? Violence is NEVER the answer. I think the 'mad dogs' may be you on this blog. Get ahold of your self-don't lower yourselves to the trash we have to deal with everyday. Planning on going into a straight bar soon and 'hacking' someone? Get a life.

    Posted by: Andrew | Feb 4, 2006 7:24:51 PM

  17. Maybe I misunderstood the statements-If I did, my apologizes.

    Posted by: Andrew | Feb 4, 2006 7:29:03 PM

  18. I think you did misunderstand.. I am not advocating violence in any form but I am suggesting we make them as uncomfortable as they have made us...I am suggesting we take the fight to them. Follow them to their places of worship and funerals. If all you do is get angry and do nothing you will continue to lose your rights.

    Posted by: Matthew Schooler | Feb 4, 2006 10:10:05 PM

  19. Yes, Rep. Frank is out. But it's my opinion that the term "openly gay" is one step above the term "admitted homosexual." I know "openly gay" is steeped in the journalist's lexicon, but it's a term that always reads to me as though it should be followed with a resounding Seinfeldesque "not that there's anything wrong with that!"

    Posted by: timothy | Feb 4, 2006 11:02:30 PM

  20. Anyone check out the comments section in Robida's Myspace page? All of his friends are like "I love you! You're crazy! See you in Shangri-La ninja love!"

    What the fuck is wrong with these people? The cops need to investigate every last one of them. Crazy crazy people.

    Posted by: Paul | Feb 5, 2006 12:57:56 AM

  21. In hell you go, whoever you are (were).

    Posted by: V A N | Feb 5, 2006 2:03:19 AM

  22. MikeyMike: You're a high school teacher, and you can't spell "insidious"? How sad.

    JimmyBoyd: Malcolm and the black panthers were in the 60s, but the Mongomery bus boycott was in the 50s. Learn some history.

    Timothy: "Gay" is used to let the 99% of Americans who can name more NBA players than Supreme Court justices and have never heard of Barney Frank know that he's gay. "Openly" is used to let those same people know that it was already known that he's gay, and the paper isn't outing him. (Most Americans probably can't even name the vice president. I can't name him without swearing.)

    Schooler: You're a major asshat. Follow them to their places of worship? And do what? Shout down the worship service? If you just sit there politely, they won't even notice you (or maybe they'll offer you some coffee). If you raise a ruckus, you're worse than they are.

    Posted by: David | Feb 5, 2006 9:41:51 AM

  23. David: well done this is like push-ups for you.

    Pointing out spelling and grammatical errors in a blog is a bit granular.

    People can get lazy on these things I agree... (guilty as charged)

    People type so fast or poorly they screw up lots of text they normaly would not. though he did say he was a teacher and that was bait u had to have.

    Robida, needs a *Hug* he is confused a scared... (waiting for that blog)

    Posted by: mik2 | Feb 5, 2006 11:15:14 AM

  24. Another, bloody, Columbine-style day. Poor-low education level-racist-nazi-boy kills and ends his life in the mouth of policeman's fire.

    Posted by: Giuseppe | Feb 5, 2006 11:17:15 AM

  25. Wow David,

    I am only suggesting you take more action besides sitting and complaining. If you don't fight you will lose your country. I am telling you there is a plan and it does not include your lifestyle. But you can do whatever you want. This passive going to HRC meetings and voting for the DNC seems to working great. I guess your fear of being offensive outweighs your fear of losing your life?

    Posted by: Matthew Schooler | Feb 5, 2006 12:56:33 PM

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