WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Brennan McCarthy has never met a person who terrified him as much as Jarrod Ramos, the murder suspect for killing 5 people in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland on Thursday.
- A lawyer with a 19-year career, McCarthy described Ramos as a “classic loner”, smart yet dangerous, knows how to “walk the line” yet very angry and obsessive and whoever disagrees with him is an enemy.
- When he heard the news about the Capital Gazette shooting, McCarthy knew all along who did it.
McCarthy told USA Today that, “of the thousands of people I’ve dealt with in court, this guy stuck and I was extremely scared that he was going to do something to me and my family.”
McCarthy’s fear started when he represented a woman in 2011 who sued Jarrod Ramos, for stalking and tormenting her since 2009. Ramos regularly harassed the woman through social media, emails, phone, and text, and even wrote to her employer saying that she’s bipolar, a drunkard and they should fire her. Eventually, she lost her job because of him.
Ramos pleaded guilty to criminal harassment and was placed on probation. Days later, the Capital Gazette wrote an article detailing Ramos’ unstable behavior and his harassment case. According to McCarthy, this angered Ramos so much that he sued the paper for defamation.
Ramos then contacted McCarthy’s client demanding that she give him the details she had on his case, for him to use in his lawsuit against the Capital Gazette. To avoid further contact between his client and Ramos, McCarthy offered to be the mediator of the two which enraged Ramos thus venting his anger on the lawyer and started harassing him and his family. He was always so worried that Ramos will at any time hurt any of them.
The defamation case was dismissed and so Ramos launched his longstanding feud against Capital Gazette. He regularly bombarded them with hate-filled posts on Twitter telling them to commit suicide, threatening the staff and writing #CapDeathWatch many times.
“My bullets are words,” wrote Ramos.
This came out in another post with Ramos mentioning a shotgun which incidentally, police reported that he used one during the shooting on Thursday.
Moments before the shooting on Thursday, for the first time since January 2016, a message he posted: “F— you, leave me alone.”
Once McCarthy heard news about the shooting, he knew right away who did it.
“It did not surprise me in the least. The only question was where he would he stop by first: My house or their office.”
In spite of the fact that Ramos is now in jail, McCarthy’s former client who has moved out of state still fears the man. McCarthy said that stalking does that to victims; that it is never really over.
“You will always feel those eyes on you,” the lawyer said.
And same is true with McCarthy who continues to be on the lookout for Ramos.
Source: USA Today