Denver shooter releases film implying violence

The man who shot and killed five people before being shot by police made reference to violence in a movie he was selling on a website that had previously sold fictitious e-books.

Denver shooter releases film implying violence

There were victims and scenes very similar to those he used.

Lyndon McCleod (47), wounded two other people, including a police officer, in the Dec. 27 rampage at various locations in Denver.

McCleod is seen in the 47-minute film "Warhorse" in a hotel with a briefcase containing $100 bills. He rides a custom motorcycle through Denver and stands in an art museum. McCleod then sits in a van in front of World Tattoo Studio. McLeod used to own a Flat Black Ink Corp business.

You will see action sequences interspersed with still photos, animal skulls and marked-up text, forest fires, artwork, totems, Civil War references, and snippets. A male voice-over, audio-distorted, reads text about Genghis Khan, Jesse James, according to the Denver Gazette.

A brief scene shows a man in a hockey-type black mask, carrying a long gun and getting out of a van. McCleod is seen removing the mask at one point in the film. McCleod is the only character.

Jeremy Costilow is not happy about the movie's release. His name was 100 times mentioned in McLeod’s self-published trilogy. The rampage almost cost Costilow his life.

"Nobody should make a living off that." Costilow said that it was terrible. "I understand that people are fascinated with killers but I don’t believe anyone should own that movie."

McLeod's friend Amanda Knight warned police about McLeod a year prior to the murders and is now helping McLeod's ex-girlfriend recoup the money and property she has lost. According to the website, proceeds from the film will go to the victims of the crime.

Knight stated that McLeod's friends have also been traumatized by the murders.

"People must heal. People must survive. Knight said, "We're not wealthy."

Jimmy Maldonado was hurt in the first stop of the killer at a tattoo shop. He was shown a screenshot of the film that showed McLeod in tactical gear.

Maldonado stated that he was wearing the same helmet as in the movie. "At first, I thought it was police who shot me."

McLeod, Maldonado stated, was wearing all black when he entered a tattoo shop door and killed Maldonado’s wife, Alyssa Gunn Maldonado (35), and her friend, Alicia Cardenas (44), who owned the shop. McLeod went on to kill Michael Swinyard (67), Danny Scofield (38), and Sarah Steck (28).

Trois people were killed at tattoo shops. Police have stated that McLeod was acquainted with most victims through personal or business relationships.

Roman McClay wrote fictional, self-published books under Roman McClay that named McLeod's victims and detailed similar attacks. However, the books could not be downloaded Sunday. The film could be downloaded for $30.

Lyndon, a character in the first book, shoots everyone at a poker event hosted by Michael Swinyard. The second novel features Lyndon as a protagonist and "Alicia Cardenas," as a victim.

According to Denver and Lakewood police, investigators have information about the movie and will review it.

According to Dana M. Plumhoff, an FBI spokeswoman, the FBI cannot comment on the ongoing investigation. However, they continue to work with Denver police and Lakewood police in order to determine the motive behind the shooting.


This incorrect story now shows that there were three and not four people who were killed in tattoo shops.


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