The accused Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter lived in a cabin without electricity or running water deep in the mountains of North Carolina and was previously investigated for domestic abuse, animal cruelty and Peeping Tom accusations, his neighbor said.
Robert Lewis Dear — who surrendered Friday afternoon, five hours after he allegedly barricaded himself inside the Colorado Springs clinic — mostly kept to himself, said James Russell, who lived close to Dear on Black Mountain.
But when the 57-year-old did speak, he was scatter-brained and rambled, he said.
“If you talked to him, nothing with him was very cognitive — topics all over place,” Russell said, adding that Dear never commented on religion or abortion.
His voter registration shows that he had no party affiliation, listed as ‘UAF’ for unaffiliated. And, strangely, it lists him as ‘female’.