OKLAHOMA CITY —
Police found pieces of paper in the trash with details of the plot, plans to videotape the bombings and the words: “Try to get away with it ... maybe a plan out of town?”
Weiler’s family said he has a long history of mental illness, and Miami Police Chief George Haralson said his answers during questioning ranged from rambling to coherent.
Haralson said it wasn’t clear whether Weiler posed a real threat to churches and the community.
“He had the means and the ability to carry this out,” he said. “How does one assess the threat?”
Weiler’s parents both committed suicide, and Weiler has battled drug addiction and “a lot of mental illnesses” that led to a suicide attempt in the eighth grade, said his cousin Johnny Meyers.
Weiler has been admitted to mental hospitals multiple times, but “with his medication, he was perfectly fine and functional,” Meyers said. He said family members in suburban Chicago believe Weiler must have stopped taking his medication and planned to go to Oklahoma to see him.
Meyers, whose parents cared for Weiler and his siblings, said his cousin had been out of touch for several years after leaving Illinois.
A pastor at a homeless shelter operated by a church in suburban Kansas City, Mo., said Weiler lived there for about six months within the past year.
Doug Perry said Weiler showed no violent tendencies and was active in the group’s food pantry and various ministries, but he was clearly troubled. Among other things, he blamed himself for his parents’ deaths, Perry said.
“I knew he was in a bad place,” the minister said. He said he last saw Weiler about three months ago, when he left to take a roofing job in Houston.