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Family defends Kirkwood spree killer. News Team

Brother of spree killer blames whites for murderous rampage.

The family of the spree killer who murdered five people and wounded two others seems to be defending his actions.

Charles Thorton blamed local politicians for oppressing him and went on violent tirades at city hall meetings. He had battled with police on at least two occasions. Thorton murdered three city council members, two police officers, and seriously wounded the mayor. Two of his brothers defended his murderous rampage to the press.

Kansas City Star…

A brother of the man who killed five people at a Kirkwood City Council meeting defended the shooter’s actions this morning.

Standing across the street from the site of the killings, Gerald Thornton told reporters that his brother, Charles “Cookie” Thornton, had become “a country of himself” and was forced to “go to war” after the judicial system denied his claims of mistreatment.

“He didn’t go out shooting random people,” Gerald Thornton said. “He mapped out his strategy for war and executed it.”

Another brother, Arthur Thornton, told The Associated Press that his brother left a suicide note on his bed warning “The truth will come out in the end,” before he went on the deadly shooting spree.

Arthur Thornton, 42, said in an interview at the family’s home that he knew his brother was responsible for the killings when he read the one-line note.

“It looks like my brother is going crazy, but he’s just trying to get people’s attention,” Thornton said, explaining he believed the note reflected his brother’s growing frustration with local leaders.

Gerald Thornton said his brother’s problems with the city stemmed from disagreements over building permits. Charles Thornton owned a construction company, Cook Co., that was frequently cited for performing work without the proper permits.

Thornton also raised the issue of race, suggesting that African Americans have a more difficult time exerting their rights and that his brother’s race was a factor in his difficulties with the city and in the courts.