The man accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s California home and brutally beating her husband with a hammer appears to have made racist and often incoherent posts online, including those that questioned the results of the 2020 election, defended former President Donald Trump and echoed QAnon . conspiracy theory.
David DePape, 42, grew up in Powell River, British Columbia, before leaving to be with an older girlfriend in San Francisco 20 years ago. The street listed on DePape in the Bay Area college town of Berkeley led to a post office box at a UPS store.
DePape was arrested early Friday at Pelosi’s home. San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said she expects to file multiple felony charges, including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and elder abuse.
Stepfather Gene DePape said the suspect lived with him in Canada until he was 14 and was a quiet boy.
“David was never violent that I saw, and he was never in any trouble, even though he was very reclusive and played too many video games,” Gene DePape said.
He said he had not seen his stepson since 2003 and had tried to contact him several times over the years without success.
“I tried to contact him in 2007, but his girlfriend hung up on me when I tried to talk to him,” Gene DePape said.
David DePape was known in Berkeley as a nudity activist who demonstrated naked at protests against local ordinances requiring people to be clothed in public.
Gene DePape said the girlfriend his son followed to California was named Gypsy and they had two children together. DePape also has a child with another woman, his stepfather said.
Photos published Friday by The San Francisco Chronicle identify DePape frolicking naked outside City Hall with dozens of others at the 2013 wedding of nudity activist Gypsy Taub, who was marrying another man. Taub did not respond to calls or emails Friday.
A 2013 article in The Chronicle described David DePape as a “hemp jewelry maker” who lived in a Victorian apartment in Berkeley with Taub, who hosted a local public access television talk show called “Uncensored 9/11” on which she appeared . naked and promoted conspiracy theories that the 2001 terrorist attacks were an “inside job”.
A pair of weblogs posted online in recent months under the name David DePape have included outpourings about technology, aliens, communists, religious minorities and global elites.
An August 24 post titled “Q” featured a scatological collection of memes that included photos of the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and referenced QAnon, an unsubstantiated pro-Trump conspiracy theory that holds that the country is run by a deep cabal of child sex traffickers. satanic pedophiles and cannibals eating children.
“Big Brother considered conducting one’s own research a thought crime,” read the post, which appeared to link references to QAnon to George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”
In an August 25 post titled “Gun Rights,” the poster wrote, “You no longer have rights. Your basic human rights prevent Big Brothers from enslaving you and controlling you in a complete and total way.”
On Friday afternoon, the WordPress web hosting service removed one of the sites for violating its terms.
On another site, someone writing under the name DePape repeated false claims about COVID vaccines and wearing masks, questioned whether climate change was real and showed an illustration of a zombified Hillary Clinton dining on human flesh.
There appeared to be no direct posts about Pelosi, but there were posts defending former President Donald Trump and Ye, the rapper formally known as Kayne West, who recently made anti-Semitic comments.
In other posts, the writer said that Jews helped finance Hitler’s political rise in Germany and suggested that an anti-Semitic conspiracy was involved in the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In a Sept. 27 post, the author said that any journalists who deny Trump’s false claims about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election “should be taken right out into the street and shot.”
Michael Biesecker and Bernard Condon, The Associated Press
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