Many observers have pointed out one obvious feature of the troubling scenario as the media and commentators work to learn more about David DePape’s political views, the man detained in connection with Friday’s assault on the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
DePape most certainly has a severe mental disorder that is untreated.
It will take some time before we find out why DePape attacked Paul Pelosi, 82, so viciously in the middle of the night. Nevertheless, the New York Post gathered information from interviews with a number of DePape’s former neighbors, who shared similar accounts of the individual.
DePape was referred to as “homeless” by neighbors, and the Washington Post further reported that he resided in a “dilapidated” school bus that was parked outside the house of the “notorious Bay Area nudist and left-wing activist Gypsy Taub.”
One of DePape’s neighbors, Ryan La Coste, informed the Post that “he usually kept to himself.” He added, “He would just give us a blank stare when we would walk by. We tried to stay clear of him.”
La Coste remarked, “Another crazy story coming from someone in that house,”.
Margarita Gonzalez, another one of DePape’s neighbors who was questioned by The Post, claimed she had never seen DePape use violence but speculated that he might be mentally sick.
Gonzalez claimed that “He never had work,”.
In a different article for the Post, journalist and novelist Michael Shellenberger detailed speaking with people who knew the individual.
The media are portraying the suspect in the attack on Nancy Pelosi's husband as a man fundamentally driven by right-wing ideology. But it's obvious to anyone who looks that what drove David DePape to violence was drug-induced paranoid psychosis.https://t.co/qfs5zHokni
— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) October 29, 2022
DePape’s bus is parked at a house, and Shellenberger described the uncomfortable atmosphere there, which is rife with various left-wing phrases and placards.
“In the driveway, there is a broken-down camper van. On the street is a yellow school bus, which neighbors said DePape occasionally stayed in. Both are filled with garbage typical of such structures in homeless encampments,” he noted. “People come and go from the house and the vehicles, neighbors say, in part to partake in the use of a potent psychedelic drug, ibogaine.”
Neighbor “Trish” informed Shellenberger that “What I know about the family is that they’re very radical activists,”
“They seem very left. They are all about the Black Lives Matter movement. Gay pride. But they’re very detached from reality. They have called the cops on several of the neighbors, including us, claiming that we are plotting against them. It’s really weird to see that they are willing to be so aggressive toward somebody else who is also a lefty.”
More on this story via The Western Journal:
An acquaintance, identified as Linda Schneider, told San Francisco’s KRON-TV and CNN that she met DePape in 2014, and at the time, he was a homeless, drug addict.
“He [was] likely a mindless follower of something he saw on social media because I don’t think he had the courage to be part of any political or terrorist group,” Schneider said, according to KRON. “His drug use began again and he went off his rocker.”
The information the Post and Shellenberger collected from those close to DePape points to the likelihood that severe and untreated mental illness, combined with years of hard drug abuse, could have been behind the attack on Pelosi. CONTINUE READING…