Who or what do we blame for Buford Furrow? In less than two days, we’ve learned an awful lot unsavory about him. He had connections to white supremacist groups -- Aryan Nations, the Order and Christian Identity –- and was said to have once lived with Debbie Mathews, widow of the Order’s founder (they met at an Aryan Nations gathering). And he has been a voluntary prisoner before; last November, Furrow tried to commit himself to a psychiatric hospital in a Seattle suburb, but couldn’t go through with it; he wound up pulling a knife on staffers. Also that he had something bigger in mind. Furrow’s red van, purchased Saturday, was filled with ammunition, bulletproof vests, explosives and freeze-dried food. Asked about that, L.A. police Chief Bernard Parks let down his guard a bit. "We are pleased," he told reporters, "that he did not carry out a more spectacular plan." Or insist on a more dramatic ending.
With almost every imaginable law enforcement agency -– including the Postal Inspection Service –- on his trail, Buford O. Furrow Jr. slipped the massive L.A. dragnet ... in a taxicab. And then he turned himself in to the Las Vegas FBI, bright and early on Wednesday morning. And a motive? An FBI source told the Associated Press that Furrow simply walked into the office, said "You're looking for me, I killed the kids in Los Angeles," and offered an explanation: "He wanted this to be a wake-up call to America to kill Jews." Authorities say Furrow is cooperating, which is flack-speak for confession, though they have not yet officially connected him to the murder of a postal worker an hour after the day-care rampage.