“Might is Right,” first published in the late 1800s, has been described as a white supremacist text that promotes anarchy while vilifying Christianity. The book calls Jesus the “true Prince of Evil” and says that the natural order is a world at war in which the strong must vanquish the weak and white men must rule over those of color.
Recollections of Legan
Josh Carman, who was a senior at Gilroy High School when Legan was a sophomore, told CNN that he knew who Santino Legan was but didn’t know him well.
“I never had any classes with him or anything, so we never really got acquainted, I just have definitely seen him around school,” he said. “He wasn’t the type of person that everyone knew, but he didn’t stand out as being too abnormal.”
Santino William Legan, who was shot dead by police Sunday before he could do more damage, posted online about an 1890 racist manifesto, “Might is Right or The Survival of the Fittest,” NBC News confirmed.
“Read Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard,” Legan posted on his Instagram page. He then used a slurs against mixed-race people and misogynistic descriptions of white Silicon Valley workers, complaining about “hordes” of them “overcrowding” towns.
Redbeard, which was a pseudonym, argued that only strength and violence determined what is morally right. The work, which is filled with misogynistic and anti-Semitic rhetoric, is a staple among neo-Nazis and white supremacists on extremist sites.
“Ayyy garlic festival time,” his post read. “Come get wasted on overpriced s—.”
Below that was a post from someone named futboieden, which read “when you get too wasted and accidentally shoot up the festival.”
This was not the first time the Legan family has found itself in the crosshairs of a police investigation.
Legan’s grandfather Thomas Legan was a Santa Clara County supervisor running for re-election in 1988 when he was accused of molesting one of his daughters six years earlier.
Thomas Legan, who died last year, insisted he was innocent and maintained his ex-wife had manipulated the girl into making a false accusation. A jury agreed and found him not guilty after six days of deliberations.
Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., said he and his wife, Judy, were in the crowd Sunday when the shots rang out.
People in Gilroy were using the hashtag #gilroystrong on social media on Monday, echoing a saying that became popular in Boston after the marathon bombing there in 2013.
The Santa Clara County coroner’s office says the gunman who fatally shot three people at a festival in Gilroy, Calif., last weekend killed himself, a conclusion that contradicts initial police reports that responding officers killed the shooter.
Nicole Lopez, a senior office specialist in the county’s Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office, said that the gunman, Santino William Legan, 19, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee, in a news conference earlier this week, said that three officers confronted the shooter less than a minute after he began the attack and killed him, despite being armed only with handguns. Legan was carrying an assault-style rifle purchased legally in Nevada.
In another press briefing late Friday, Smithee suggested that there was no real contradiction, saying the coroner found that the gunman shot himself in the head after he was taken down by the responding officers.
“The suspect was hit multiple times by the rounds that our officers fired, which put him down,” Smithee said. “Once he was down he was able to get a shot off and shot himself.”
Smithee called the coroner’s office report “preliminary” and said, “It doesn’t change anything.” He said a full report will reveal how many times the gunman was hit.
Investigators still have not determined a motive for the shooting that killed two children and a man in his twenties. Thirteen people were injured.