Twenty-three-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt was the man behind the recent Austin bombings that left the city terrorized for 19 days. Conditt had sent packages through FedEx as well as dropped them off at certain homes and then proceeded to detonate them. Although we will never know what the “homegrown, unemployed, community college dropout’s” motive was behind planting the bombs that killed and injured innocent people, former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt has a theory as to what it may have been.
 
Conditt, who once identified himself as politically conservative and appeared to be similar to those living around him, may have suffered from mental health challenges and created and detonated the bombs because of “long-held anger against society in general” based on the general makeup of his victims. Investigators believe it took Conditt time to plan out his several attacks and was likely going to send more bombs as officials found bomb-making components in his home which included iron pipes and caps, smokeless powder, nails, wires, and batteries. Zandt stated that his actions included “research, planning, design, buying components, building his devices, and victim/target acquisition, as well as the development of his surreptitious methods of delivery [Source: The Atlantic].
Something else that was recovered from the man’s home was a list of addresses, possibly a “hit list” which may have been the individuals he was targeting but hadn’t gotten to.
According to Zandt, Conditt would be considered a spree bomber, not a serial bomber, and “was someone more youthful than those that came before him. The hurried frequency between events suggested he would soon make a mistake that would help identify him.” And when police finally were able to do so, Conditt took his own life while inside his own vehicle as police closed in on him. Not only did Conditt leave behind materials that could be used to create more bombs, but police also recovered a 25-minute video on his cellphone before he killed himself. In the video, he describes his bombs and the bombings in great detail but never revealed his motive for engaging in the violent and deadly acts.
Because Conditt never mentioned why he did what he did, Zandt stated that “by examining his actions, and looking at those who have committed similar crimes, we can begin to guess at what might have been going on in his mind.” In his video, he did refer to himself as a “psychopath” and that he had been “disturbed since childhood.” Austin’s police chief believed his confession was “the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life that led him to this point.”
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While Zandt did acknowledge that spree or serial bombers are rare in the U.S., “the more types of crimes that are committed, the more examples there are for similarly challenges individuals who end up choosing violence as their ultimate means of expression.”
 
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