No one tried to escape. And he said he didn't share those beliefs because other people wouldn't likely agree with him.
Dylann Roof hesitated for only moments before confessing to killing nine black people at a Charleston church as an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent questioned him less than a day after the shooting. He said he would have killed himself if there were.
Roof wrote that segregation prevented whites from being dragged down to the level of blacks. "They rape 100 white people a day". "That's just the fact". He said it all started with the Trayvon Martin case. He also talked about Muslims overrunning parts of Europe.
After confessing his guilt and saying "I am guilty".
The investigators asked him how many people he thought he had killed, to which he responded that he was not sure, but guessed five. He told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents questioning him that he could never look at the families of his victims.
Did he have a message for the public?
Roof's confession aligns largely with the account provided by prosecutors and earlier witnesses, as well as a manifesto he published online before the June 2015 shooting, one that describes his awakening to a racist ideology.
As the video of his confession played for the court and the family members of those who lost their lives at Mother Emanuel, Roof kept his eyes cast down.
Roof's mother passed out and collapsed during a lunch recess in the courtroom Wednesday. He had fired so many shots - investigators later said 74 shell casings were found inside the church - yet no armed police stood ready for attack.
Roof was "cold and calculating" in planning an attack, a federal prosecutor said in opening statements.
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His wife, Patricia Schultz-Mascolo, issued a statement as well, saying, 'Joseph was a big 'ol bear with a puppy dog heart . His film credits include minor roles in 1978's Jaws 2 and 1986's Heat , in which he co-starred opposite Burt Reynolds.
Authorities say Roof shot the victims during Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015.
The lawyers filed the motion Friday, and U.S. Judge Richard Gergel said he would take up the issue on a case-by-case basis before jurors began hearing testimony.
In a 33-count indictment, the Department of Justice charged Roof with 12 counts of committing a hate crime against black victims, 12 counts of obstructing the exercise of religion and nine counts of using a firearm to commit murder.
After he was captured, authorities learned Roof had written a "manifesto" of his racist beliefs and posed for photos with the USA flag burning in one hand and the Confederate flag in the other, Richardson said. But he only loaded 11 bullets so he could shoot 88 times - a revered number among white supremacists, standing for Heil Hitler because H is the eighth letter of the alphabet. "He created the symbol to reflect who he was, what he thought and what he had done", Richardson said. "Once you really understand what is going on, you don't need to watch the news". They aim to grant Roof a life sentence rather than a death penalty. In the second phase, the jury will decide on punishment.
So, he said he picked the church to target because he had learned about it online.
Roof wavered briefly when the agents asked him to describe exactly what he had done. He sensed Roof's willingness to talk about the crime.
In perhaps one of the most pathetic portions of the sad confession video, Roof admits that he considered not following through with his deadly rampage.
On Wednesday, one of the survivors, Felicia Sanders, told the court of the suspect: "He's evil". Victims of the killing were DePayne Middleton, Tywanza Sanders, Myrah Thompson, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Daniel Simmons, Clementa Pinckney and Cynthia Hurd.
Simmons, who was killed, "was the backbone of the church", Sanders said. There were also 54 bullets collected from the nine victims. And he said that he couldn't even look at them. He said that he expected the police to be outside the church by the time he came outside, but they weren't.