Police are reasonably certain that Anthony Quinn Warner was acting alone when he blew himself up in his RV, parked beside a major AT&T switch building on Christmas morning. As far as a motive, there is a lot of speculation but only a little bit of substance. The phone company was the most obvious target. Word on the street assumes that the tech-savvy bomber wasn’t happy with 5G technology.
No one suspected lone bomber
Rick Laude didn’t pick up on the twisted meaning behind his neighbor’s remark in the days leading up to Christmas. Noticing Warner at his mailbox, Laude pulled over for a friendly chat.
“After asking how Warner’s elderly mother was doing, Laude said he casually asked, ‘Is Santa going to bring you anything good for Christmas?'” Looking back sends chills down his spine. “Oh, yeah,” the would be bomber replied, smiling. “Nashville and the world is never going to forget me.”
Anthony Quinn Warner, a 63-year-old recluse, is suspected of detonating the bomb which injured eight others and damaged 41 buildings, along with knocking out communications over 3 states. “Nothing about this guy raised any red flags,” Laude insists.
“He was just quiet.” He didn’t always wave back but “I knew that he was just a recluse.” The bomber left a trail of clues but nobody noticed them until after the explosion.
Steve Schmoldt lived right next door to the bomber since around 2001. “He’s lived there a long time and he sort of kept to himself. All we knew him by was Tony. He was kind of a hermit.” On Friday night, Mrs. Schmoldt “noticed law enforcement trucks outside Warner’s home.” On Saturday morning, as they sat down to coffee, “she saw what she believed was a SWAT team outside.”
That’s about when they noticed that his RV was missing. “He’s had that for a long time. Sometimes he’s had it in his driveway. Sometimes he had it in his backyard.” Warner never seemed to be “political,” the neigbor asserts. “He never had any yard signs or flags in his window or anything like that. If he did have any political beliefs he kept, that was something he kept to himself.”
Not many clues to the motive
As explained by the director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, David Rausch, Warner left clues, but not many to his motive. It’s pretty clear that “he planned the bombing and intended to kill himself.”
The bomber also went to great lengths to minimize casualties. “We hope to get an answer. Sometimes, it’s just not possible.” It’s a lot easier when they can ask the suspect. “We will not be able to do that in this case.”
The FBI is going through his computer equipment and analyzing his social media “footprint.” The only leaks so far indicate that they are focusing on 5G technology and believe that Warner may have thought the government was using 5G to “spy on Americans.”
The controversy surrounding the technology is one of those Deep State rabbit holes that goes all the way down to China. The bomber had a degree of technical skill himself, working as an Information Technology consultant for a local real estate office. Steve Fridrich told the press that “Warner had said he was retiring.”
When the agents started to tip toe through Warner’s financial records it became fairly clear he was a capable bomber. His bank records showed “purchases of potential bomb-making components.”
They lived up to the potential. He wound up his earthly affairs, telling a girlfriend he had cancer when he gave her his car. He signed over his house for free to a woman in Los Angeles by simply filing a quit claim deed to it. Investigators matched DNA in the pink paste they found with a hat and gloves of Warner’s which were inside the RV.