Man dead in home blast paranoid of officials

April 15, 2013|By Joseph Serna, Lauren Williams and Kate Mather | By Joseph Serna, Lauren Williams and Kate Mather
  • Bomb squad personnel bag up materials from inside a home at 3152 Bermuda Drive in Costa Mesa on Monday. A man who identified himself as Kevin Harris in an online manifesto, apparently blew himself up on Sunday evening.
Bomb squad personnel bag up materials from inside a home… (SCOTT SMELTZER` )

The contents of a long, rambling essay written by a Costa Mesa man who likely blew himself up in an apparent suicide are concerning police, authorities said Monday.

The 17,000-word essay, titled “The Pricker: A True Story of Assassination, Terrorism and High Treason,” includes references to aliens, the O.J. Simpson trial, the U.S. government and “the pricker,” which the author describes as “an assassin’s weapon that deposits biological agents into a victim’s skin, on contact, without their knowledge.”

Though its author, 52-year-old Kevin Harris, apparently killed himself in the Mesa Verde area Sunday evening, elements of it are still of concern, said Lt. Jerry Hildeman. He declined to elaborate on what contents police were focusing on.

Throughout the paper, Harris expresses a belief that the U.S. government and its allies are all-powerful. Government leaders control the flow of information to the public and assassinate dissenters through freak accidents and diseases like cancer, he wrote.


He wrote that the government was behind the killing of Nicole Brown Simpson and John Lennon, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the death of Righteous Brothers’ singer Bobby Hatfield.

Neighbors described Kevin Harris, 52, as odd but harmless with a history of mental illness, possibly schizophrenia. Harris appeared to address some of those issues in the essay.

“Even the lay public knows that hearing voices in your head is a symptom of schizophrenia,” he wrote. “It is so well publicized because it is a lie. The voices may tell the victim that there is a microchip in their brain, or other nonsense, but the voices are real.”

Neighbors told The Times they walked past Harris’ home at a brisk pace. The home was wrapped in tin foil, and cryptic notes would randomly appear, taped to a tree in the frontyard.

Doug and Jenny Nadasdy, who live near the scene, have resided there 28 and 20 years, respectively. The pair saw Harris minutes before he died, they said. Doug Nadasdy nodded at Harris and he nodded back, but that was the extent of their exchange.

The Nadasdys said they never saw lights on in the house. The explosion that authorities believe killed Harris sounded like a car crash or like a trash can falling, the Nadasdys said.

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