LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Neighbors described Jerad and Amanda Miller as paranoid of the government. In their own words, the Millers — especially Jerad — took to YouTube to talk about their feelings about the government, including Tippecanoe County’s government, in the years leading up to Sunday’s shooting.
“I know it feels like it’s just [Amanda] and me versus the world,” Jerad said in a YouTube video to his wife Amanda. “It kind of is. There are a bunch of zombies out there. They’re a bunch of sheep.”
“Really people it’s time to wake up,” Jerad said in another video posted on his page. “This is getting ridiculous.”
In a five minute video, shot at his Weaver Street apartment in July, Jerad Miller showed his distrust toward both local and federal government.
“Right in the middle of that frame that is the courthouse,” Jerad said when his video camera was pointed out of his apartment window. “It’s a beautiful building even though it is a monument to authoritarianism.”
Jerad went on to say local government is similar to Nazi Germany or communist Russia. The video was shot while Jerad was on house arrest for selling marijuana. He also included his frustration about drug laws.
“People are getting arrested every stinking day for marijuana or for pills and other kinds of drugs just because they’re self-medicating themselves,” Jerad said.
It is not only the videos Amanda and Jerad made of themselves that are painting the picture of their anti-government and law enforcement beliefs. Several videos on Amanda’s YouTube page talked about anti-law enforcement ideals. Others advertised a revolution being on the brink.
Jerad and Amanda were said to have yelled “This is a revolution” after killing two Las Vegas police officers. They went on to kill one bystander and themselves on Sunday.
The posts could paint a picture as to who Amanda and Jerad were, but a bigger picture and the bigger question of why — why did they hold those views and why did they do what they did — may be harder to paint.