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Video: Murder suspect said he 'had' to do massacre

Posted August 6, 2009
Updated August 7, 2009

— A man accused of killing his father and then firing a weapon at Orange High School in April 2006 said in a videotape made prior to the shootings that he “had to do another massacre.”

“We must leave this world, and I believe I was stopped by suicide by God, because I have to do another massacre,” Alvaro Rafael Castillo said during a video aired during his trial on Thursday.

Castillo, 22, had previously attempted suicide, but his father stopped him.

Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Chan McDade began by testifying for the prosecution. He presented the video tapes seized from Castillo's bedroom. Jurors watched more than five hours of videos Castillo made.

castillo trial Jurors see hours of Castillo videos

Castillo has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges that he shot and killed his father, Rafael Huezo Castillo, and then opened fire outside the school, injuring two students. His trial is expected to last into next week.

Castillo said he did not select Orange High because he had any grudge against it. “I am not doing it for revenge. I love that school. I am doing it to save them,” he said

By killing students at Orange High Castillo said they wouldn’t have to suffer from depression, anxiety and fear. “Those people will not commit any mistakes in their lives,” he said.

Castillo said he was obsessed with the April 1999 school shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. Prosecutors introduced into evidence a tape of Castillo's visit to Columbine High School. That video could also be played during the trial.

During the tapes, Castillo said he loved his guns because “I wanted something that could not reject me.” At one point, he sang while pointing an unloaded shotgun at the camera. In another video he puts a gun in his mouth.

Throughout the recordings, he mentioned his time in the National Guard, referring to himself as a "coward" because he couldn't take the drill sergeants yelling at him.

"I took everything personally, and I hold grudges. That's my problem. I can't let it go. I can't," he said.


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  • witmasta Aug 7, 2009

    "He who is unable to live in society,
    or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself,
    must be either a beast or a god."
    -- Aristotle
    This kid is beyond treatment. Maybe the state should "sacrifice" him.

  • FE Aug 6, 2009

    Landscatter, I'm not sure this constitutes a "school shooting" in the context of a Columbine-type event:

    Monday, April 26, 1993

    During a fist fight in the school's parking lot, Michael Edward Blanton, 20, shot and killed 16-year-old Bran Green.


  • landscatter Aug 6, 2009

    There has been a school shooting in NC. April 26, 1993 Millbrook High School. 1 killed 2 injured.

  • Navaho1 Aug 6, 2009

    Well - he certainly appears mentally ill to me - don't think he is faking it. Long term confinement to a Mental Institution seems appropriate here - hope he gets it - he's clearly sick.

  • Jeremiah Aug 6, 2009

    "Masscare is what Obama wants to turn our health care system into."

    sheesh, the obsession is disturbing.

  • FE Aug 6, 2009

    "Masscare is what Obama wants to turn our health care system into." - meh2

    Ah, gotcha. Maybe a little Freudian slip by the WRAL copy editor??


  • meh2 Aug 6, 2009

    Masscare is what Obama wants to turn our health care system into.

  • jas1022 Aug 6, 2009

    ...but they say he did not know what he was doing and was crazy. Lawyers have to be some of the sorriest humans known to man.

  • JAT Aug 6, 2009

    I think all of this could have been prevented if his mother had sought care for him instead of taking him to Columbine and letting him feed his anger and obsession. Didn't she think it was too odd that he enjoyed visiting it that muh? You can't say the signs were hidden on this one - they were as obvious as you can be. But they were still willingly ignored.

  • FE Aug 6, 2009

    WRAL, what in the world is a "MASSCARE" ??

    Is that something like a crowded auto race or a religious function attended by Catholics?

    A spell-checker would perhaps be useful...