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Many Questions Unanswered After Alleged Cop Killer Dies in Hospital

FEBRUARY 6, 2006 - Posted at 3:00 p.m. CST

 

NEW BEDFORD, MASS - Police officers who searched Jacob Robida's New Bedford home found what is being termed a "desperation message" in the teenager's bedroom.

Bristol County District Attorney Paul Walsh says investigators are not necessarily interpreting the message as a suicide note.  But Walsh says it appears to be the writings of  "a desperate man who had some plans to continue doing something violent."

Police also found a makeshift coffin and a poster with a Nazi swastika and anti-Semitic writings in the 18-year-old's room.  Walsh says the significance of the coffin isn't known.

The search came after Robida was identified as the suspect in last week's gun and hatchet attack that injured three people in a gay bar.

Robida allegedly killed a Gassville, Arkansas police officer and a female companion in Baxter County before he was fatally wounded in a shootout with police on Saturday.

Walsh is sending four investigators to north-central Arkansas to assist authorities there.

The D.A. says he also wants to know how Robida obtained a gun.  Handgun owners in Massachusetts must be at least 21.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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