The Austin Bomber’s Reign of Terror

Three weeks of terror comes to a close when the Austin bombing suspect, Mark Conditt commits suicide by detonating one of his own creations in his vehicle as the swat team approached. This should be the end, right? No. Along with the bomber’s death comes more questions. Why? How? Are there more bombs waiting to detonate?

Austin is known for the slogan “Keep Austin Weird,” but now this saying seems inappropriate. Nails tearing through human beings is not the definition of weird Austin was looking for. Random targets ranging from fathers to teens, to elderly women was not the definition of weird. One victim’s grandfather described how nails were embedded in his grandson’s kneecaps. This is not weird. It’s sick. How can someone slaughter a 39-year-old father on his front porch? Neighbors say they have never seen so much blood. What about his daughter? I hope to God she wasn’t there to witness her father torn to shreds by this monster. No. This isn’t the end of the terror.
After researching online, I have assembled a crude timeline of these events. I will try to relate the facts and minimize my emotions, but I will not guarantee anything.

 

March 2, 2018 – 6:50 am – 1100 Block of Haverford Dr. Austin, Texas:

Anthony House, a 39-yr-old father, steps out of his front door and notices a package left overnight on his porch. It’s a beautiful Friday morning in Austin. He doesn’t know the moment he leans over to pick up the package that his life is over.
A loud explosion rocks the neighborhood and rattles the windows across the area. Nails shoot everywhere. Neighbors rush to help the man but to no avail. Paramedics arrive on the scene, but Mr. House dies shortly afterward. He leaves behind an 8-year-old daughter and a legacy of a loving father.
House was the stepson of Rev. Freddie Dixon, former pastor of the United Methodist Church for over 22 years. At first, police think of this as an isolated event.

March 12, 2018 – 4800 Block of Old Fort Hill Dr. Austin, Texas:

Draylen Mason, 17 and his mother stood over their kitchen table as they opened a package that had been left on their porch. No thoughts of death entered their minds. Moments later the bomb exploded killing the teenager and severely wounding his mother.
Mason was an accomplished bass guitarist with the Austin Youth Orchestra. He traveled with his music and competed with his oversized instrument. His conductor was quoted as saying, “Draylen could have accomplished anything.” The talented musician was set to attend the University of Texas in the fall. His mother is in bad shape, but doctors believe she will survive.

 

 

March 12, 2018 – 6700 Block of Galindo St. Austin, Texas:

A press conference is held to relate the events of the murder of Draylen Mason. Within moments of the conference, another package explodes wounding Esperanza Herrera, 75.
Herrera was visiting her mother who required care daily. Without a thought, she picked up the package as she entered the house. Nails exploded through the poor woman in an instant. She would survive the terror, but without several fingers and a leg. It was later discovered the package was intended for another address and had been delivered to the house by mistake.
By this point, police are wondering if the bombings are a hate crime. The first two victims were African American, and Herrera was of Hispanic descent.

March 18, 2018 – 4800 Block of Dawn Song Dr. Austin, Texas:

Two unidentified white males in an affluent part of town are walking along Dawn Song Dr. and accidentally crossed a tripwire. The bomb detonated sending the two men to the hospital, but they will survive. The officials told everyone to stay inside their homes and kept the neighborhood under lockdown until 10 am. Even school buses weren’t allowed in.

This bombing occurred six hours after the authorities held a press conference pleading with the public for tips and information. Some wonder if this was a response to the police.

March 20, 2018 – FedEx bombs:

Two separate packages were left at separate FedEx facilities one in San Antonio and the other in Austin. As a package traveled along a conveyer belt it detonated and wounded a FedEx employee. The package had been addressed to Austin.
The second package was discovered in an Austin facility but was removed by a HazMat team without incident.
This is when the bomber made a critical error. He was not only seen on surveillance videos delivering the packages, an outdoor surveillance camera recorded his license plate.

March 21, 2018 – Red Roof Inn, Round Rock, Texas:

As authorities close in upon the 24-yr-old suspect, Mark Conditt he jumps in his vehicle and takes off down the road a short way. As the police box in his vehicle and the SWAT team move in, he detonates yet another bomb and takes his own life.

This should be the end, but as more information becomes public, the more questions are raised. Conditt seemed to be raised in a normal Christian family. He was homeschooled then attended a local community college. His family is in shock upon hearing the news. Police found a 25-minute confession video Conditt recorded the night before his death. It seemed he was more interested in detailing his bomb-making skills than he was about his motives. He professed to be a psychopath and said, “I wish I was sorry, but I’m not.”

Another disturbing twist:

Conditt graduated in 2013 and his proud mother posted it on Facebook like any mother would. She also stated he was considering going on a Missions trip before attending college.

How does a boy go from a mission trip mentality to slaughtering people with bombs? I will keep you posted on this case as it progresses.

Conspiracy, lies, and strange clues surround the missing CDC worker, but everything leads to more questions.

 

Usually, I would start with the facts of the case, and then throw down a timeline of the last known moments of the missing person. Unfortunately, that is impossible in this case. Very few facts are available, and those are clouded in conspiracy theories, outright lies, and fake news. While everyone is jumping down the rabbit hole of conspiracy, I will try to relate the facts as I have found them. I will leave the conspiracy theories to you. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for a good conspiracy. They are intriguing, and make good television, but at the heart of this we need to remember that there is a real man missing.

Timothy J. Cunningham (35) was a Harvard educated epidemiologist who worked as a commander f or U.S. Public Health and Service division at the CDC (Center of Disease Control). His job was in the Chronic Disease Unit. He had recently been passed over for a promotion and was given the reasons behind this decision on February 12, 2018. Sources state that Cunningham called in sick the two days prior to his disappearance, but on the 12th he tried to come in. He only stayed a short while before leaving due to illness. During this time, he had a conference with his superior and received the reasoning behind his missed promotion.

Here is the timeline as we have it:
7 am – Cunningham called his sister. She remembers that he sounded odd but couldn’t give a reason behind her instinct.
9:12 am – Cunningham tries to call his mother, but the call goes to voicemail. He doesn’t leave a message.

 
These calls were standard for Cunningham. He lived alone but kept in contact with his family daily. After not hearing from their son for two days, the concerned parents drove the 900-mile trip from Maryland to Georgia to their son’s home. His door was locked, but inside were all of Timothy’s belongings including his phone, wallet, and his keys. Tim was nowhere to be found. The police combed through the wooded areas near his home but found nothing. All of his personal possessions and his vehicle were at home. Nothing was missing.

 
After searching phone records, they confirmed that Tim hadn’t used a taxi service or Uber. Where did he go? Why were his keys in the house if the door was locked? What the family found even more disturbing was the fact that he had left his beloved Mr. Bojangles. Tim loved his dog and would go out of his way to see that he was taken care of if Tim was going out of town. But now the dog had been left unattended for two days.

 
The house held no signs of a struggle, but two upstairs windows were left open. Terrell Cunningham found this odd but couldn’t give a reason why his son would refrain from opening the window. This wasn’t the final odd clue to turn up in this case.

 
Viviana Tori was Timothy’s next-door neighbor and she quickly came forward and gave a startling interview with CBS.

 
The day before the disappearance, she claimed her husband told her that Tim had told him to have his wife erase his phone number from her phone.

Wow that’s hard to even type in a grammatical way. So basically, she said that he said to her husband who said. Yeah, you get my point.

I watched her interview clip online and found it rather odd. It felt more like she wanted attention, than anything else, but that is merely my opinion. I would love to have a psychologist review her video. To me it seems her facial expressions, her body language, and the overall manner of her interview seem strange to me. I won’t claim that she is lying, but I will say it is unusual.

 
So, if Cunningham had asked his neighbor to delete his phone number, what does it mean? People online jump to the conspiracy theory which I will get into shortly. Some have indicated that they believe this meant he knew that he was leaving. I find my instincts lead me in another direction entirely. Could Timothy Cunningham have had row with his neighbors? Was Mrs. Tori harassing him? Could there have been a fight that escalated to the point of his disappearance? Who knows?

 
Atlanta Police Major, Michael O’Conner said, “There’s no evidence suggesting anything.”

 

That is the problem. There are too many holes in this case. We don’t have a clear timeline of his movements. We don’t have any details into his relationship with his neighbors. All we have are a few scattered clues and one giant conspiracy theory.

As promised, here is the conspiracy:
I’ll be honest the conspiracy was the reason I first became interested in this case, however after researching it further, the conspiracy falls apart.
YourNewsWire.com ran this headline on February 22, 2018

CDC Doctor, Who Claimed Flu Shot Caused Outbreak, Missing, Feared Dead

Afterwards they use this quote and claimed that it came from Timothy Cunningham back in January.

 
“Some of the patients I’ve administered the flu shot to this year have died. I don’t care who you are, this scares the crap out of me.”

 
Ok, now this sensational headline coupled with this quote would sound like every American should be worried, but after researching it there is no way this quote came from Timothy Cunningham. Below I have copied his bio straight from the CDC website.

Timothy J. Cunningham, ScD
Team Lead, Division of Population Health National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Timothy J. Cunningham, ScD, is a team lead with CDC’s Division of Population Health. Dr. Cunningham trained with CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer. His research has been oriented towards understanding health differences related to race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and geography. Dr. Cunningham has also deployed for numerous public health emergencies, including Superstorm Sandy, Ebola, and Zika. He is an active member of the American Public Health Association and the American College of Epidemiology. Dr. Cunningham received his S.M. and Sc.D. from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

 

Cunningham was a scientist, his doctorate degree was not a medical doctorate. He hadn’t administered flu shots to anyone. He was research scientist making a six-figure income with the CDC. This quote was also debunked by Snopes.com and Timothy’s own father.

 
Now I’m not validating the flu shot in any way, I personally don’t get one. However, if someone from the CDC wanted to warn the media why would they go to a disreputable site that has a history of fake news? Why didn’t they bring some sort of evidence with them? Where are the statics, and the research studies?

Final thoughts:
Although conspiracy theories are fun, and sometimes real, this one seems unlikely. And while everyone is running about claiming the government is killing us with flu shots, there is a very real case here. A 35-year old man is gone. No one knows why, or where. This man was a high achieving individual that set goals and accomplished them. He was a son, a friend, and was working to make the world a better place. Shouldn’t we be concerned in his disappearance?

How can you help?
Share. His story needs to be spread everywhere in hopes of generating leads for the Atlanta Police Department. Yes, Cunningham was upset about missing a promotion, but was he taken from his home against his will? We won’t know until he is found. Please share his story.

 
A $10,000 reward is being offered in hopes of generating leads, and the family has set up a GoFundMe page to help. If you would like to donate, I have included the link.

https://www.gofundme.com/Dr-Tim-Cunningham