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Venice Suspect Nathan Campbell: What Was Going Through His Mind?

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From Phil Shuman:

Nathan Louis Campbell, the accused Venice Car Killer, looked pale and gaunt in his jail house blue jumpsuit as he appeared for arraignment at the so called  "Airport Courthouse".  He said nothing, he pled not guilty, then he was gone, but of course the carnage he left behind remains. One dead, 16 injured. Murder charges, hit and run charges, leaving the scene of an accident.

We know what happens now... a long drawn out process, perhaps an insanity claim, while the victims try to pick up what's left of their lives, the ones that lived anyway, and we try to answer the question we can never answer ‘‘why'' ? It's not enough to say, Campbell may have mental issues... a lot of people struggle with emotional problems and never get in their car and plow through a crowd of people. His public defender, playing a bit to the cameras to be honest, told me after court that he doesn't believe Campbell intentionally tried to kill anyone.  "Based on what he told you"?  I asked ... No ‘' based on a cursory review of the facts and my discussions with the DA. "I haven't had an in depth discussion with my client''  that was Public Defender Philip Dube. He also shared that Campbell was profoundly disturbed and sad that he took a human beings life. Did Campbell share that with the lawyer or did Dube deduce that from the evidence and the DA as well ? Are we supposed to now feel sorry for the guy or ???? 

This is one of those stories that will eventually fade away like most big stories do until the next time someone does something crazy. The city is talking about installing temporary barricades to prevent vehicular access to the Boardwalk, which may or may not happen and may or may not make a difference, but they have to be seen to be doing something... even though that's in the category of ‘' closing the barn doors after the horses have left'. More effort should also be spent on figuring out just who are the people living and sleeping in their vehicles in and around Venice beach, as well as improving and increasing outreach to those in need of mental health services.. those agencies, such as PATH ( People Assisting the Homeless) are always struggling for funding but always do great work.  

(FOX 11 / CNS) Charges were expected to be filed today against a 38-year-old man suspected of intentionally driving his car into crowds of people on the Venice Boardwalk, killing a honeymooning Italian woman and injuring 16 others.

Nathan Louis Campbell turned himself in at a Santa Monica police station about two hours after the vehicular rampage, which began around 6 p.m. Saturday. He was booked into the Los Angeles Police Department's Metropolitan Detention Center on suspicion of murder at 2:43 a.m. Sunday and remained jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

If charges are filed, Campbell will likely be arraigned at the Airport Branch Courthouse, according to Deputy District Attorney Gary Hearnsberger, who heads the Major Crimes Division.

The suspect was believed to have been living in his car. A Hollywood homeless services center confirmed Monday that Campbell stayed there off and on about seven years ago.

Campbell is suspected of purposely aiming a dark blue Dodge Avenger at groups of people as he sped south down the Venice Boardwalk from Dudley Avenue to near Sunset Avenue, causing chaos and panic at one of L. A.'s biggest tourist magnets.

Killed in the melee was 32-year-old Alice Gruppioni, who was visiting Venice on her honeymoon, Los Angeles County coroner's officials said. Her husband of two weeks, Christian Casadei, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter said an autopsy determined that the cause of the woman's death was blunt-force trauma to the head and neck, and her death has been classified as a homicide.

The Italian newspaper La Republicca reported that Gruppioni ran a family business in her hometown, Rastignano, near Bologna. She was the daughter of prominent businessman Valerio Gruppioni, former president of the Bologna soccer team, La Republicca reported.

Some members of the woman's family arrived in the Southland Sunday, apparently with plans to return to Italy with the woman's body as early as today. Katia Gruppioni, an aunt of the victim, told the news media in a text message that Gruppioni "was robbed of her life while living her dream visit to California with her husband. This was a tremendous injustice. Alice was a remarkable young lady making her personal dreams come true.''

Gruppioni's husband fought back tears as he spoke to the news media about his new
wife's death. "There isn't word(s) to explain what happened and what I feel,'' he said.

Witnesses said the driver of the car seemed to purposely aim at pedestrians as he swerved along the popular Ocean Front Walk. A man who identified himself as "Justin'' said he was selling art from his booth when he heard a "scraping'' sound to his left and saw a car "careening a bit out of control. It took out a whole booth of sunglasses,'' he said. "Like smash, like you see in a movie -- like a fruit stand smash.'' "I'm kind of playing chicken with him, fight or flight,'' Justin said. "I ran, but not before I saw him hit three other people and, you know, take
off down the block at like 40, running people over and leaving a wake of destruction.''

The driver abandoned the car at Ocean Park Boulevard and Beverly Avenue in Santa Monica, about two miles away. Around 8 p.m. Saturday, Campbell turned himself in at a Santa Monica police station, where he was questioned by Los Angeles police detectives and later arrested.

An LAPD bomb-sniffing dog was called to check the abandoned car for explosive devices in what LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman termed "an abundance of caution.''

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