Austin Bomber's Recording Says He's Not Sorry, May Be A 'Psychopath'

He went on to blame himself for accidentally tipping off authorities about his identity by entering an Austin-area FedEx store to drop off two packages with explosives inside them. That's when he ended his life by setting off one of his own devices inside the vehicle. Then a bomb with a tripwire was placed near a public trail.

Police ultimately pinned down Conditt by tracking the red 2002 Ford Ranger that was within the view of the store's surveillance cameras.

McCaul, whose district includes Austin, says he hopes the bomber's "biggest mistake was going through FedEx".

The suspect was identified in the last 24 hours after shipping an explosive device from a FedEx store in the Texas capital, the Austin Statesman reported. According to Manley, Conditt said he believed police "were getting very close to him", and he was right. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican from Austin who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that investigators have obtained surveillance videos that "could possibly" show a suspect, but are still poring through video.

"When it first happened, we didn't feel like police were taking our family seriously", House's brother, Norrell Waynewood, told The Daily Beast. "There was a collective helplessness", Adler said Thursday at a City Council meeting.

The police department was unlikely to make the video public while the investigation continued, said spokeswoman Destiny Wilson.

Most of the day Thursday, barricades remained up at Wilbarger and Second streets, blocking off access to Mark Conditt's house and at least four others that are nearby. One worker reported ringing in her ears and was treated at the scene.

"We are sleeping with all the lights on", she said. Both packages were sent from the same address.

Manderen says the decision was made before March 12, when Mason was killed by a package bomb, but acceptance decisions aren't conveyed to applicants until Friday afternoon. The 17-year-old high school student played bass in a youth orchestra, and was taking college classes. It refers to the panic an entire city was sent into over the course of a week-and the terror that its African-American community, concerned about being targeted after the first bomb exploded on March 2, felt for even longer-not knowing whether they were safe. The official, who has been briefed on the investigation, spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

In his confession, Conditt described the components of seven bombs he built - including, authorities believe, the one he used to kill himself - and detailed the differences among the devices, Manley said. "I know the feeling of how it feels and how it hurts".

The lack of a clear motive is something everybody wants to understand, but Manley says "sometimes you can't assign a reason to unrational acts".

Withers said Thomas lived with Conditt for more than three months in a home Conditt was renovating with his father.

Frank Alvarado and his two children were among those asked to evacuate homes and businesses within five blocks of Conditt's home as agents removed explosives. That explosion occurred at a FedEx facility in Schertz, northeast of San Antonio and about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of Austin.

The bombs had distinctive shrapnel inside. Mason was a talented bass player, and Michael Manderen, admissions director for the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in OH, said Mason had earned a highly coveted spot in the program before his death and would have been told Friday along with others accepted.

Austin package bomber Mark Anthony Conditt's family said they "had no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in".

The Austin Stone Community Church, responding to reports that Conditt had attended, said in a statement late on Wednesday that it had no records of him being actively engaged with the church. They finally found him early Wednesday at a hotel north of Austin, and officers prepared to move in for an arrest.

  • Salvatore Jensen