Racist Notes in Journals of Gunman Who Killed 2 Black People Revealed by DA

Authorities say a white man who killed two Black people in Winthrop, Massachusetts, left behind notebooks filled with racist messages and threats.

Nathan Allen, 28, stole a truck and crashed it into a building on June 26. He then gunned down an Air Force veteran, Ramona Cooper, and a retired state trooper, David Green, authorities said.

Allen was fatally shot by police.

He was carrying two semi-automatic pistols, according to the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins.

"In addition to his weapons, he also carried hate fueled by white supremacy," Rollins' office said in a news release on Wednesday.

State police are investigating "volumes" of extremist literature that Allen had been reading in recent months, the news release said.

They also recovered numerous journals from his apartment, including one found next to his bed that was titled "The Allen Diaries." In that notebook, Allen wrote that "racism is healthy and natural."

Some of the entries were written less than 48 hours before the shootings took place, according to Rollins' office.

In an entry dated June 24 at 10:35 p.m., he wrote: "I remember the first black I ever hated...Darrell." He went on to use a number of racist slurs and obscenities in a lengthy diatribe, including multiple uses of the n-word.

Three pages later, he wrote: "Racism is healthy and natural. And holding it in is bad for you."

Flowers at scene of Winthrop shooting
Flowers and notes seen on a fence on June 28 in Winthrop, Massachusetts—at the scene where a man fatally shot two Black people before being killed by law enforcement two days earlier. Scott Eisen/Getty Images

In another notebook, Allen wrote, "White people are the world's apex predators" and "Whites in the USA are waking up."

Elsewhere, he wrote that "men need to kill things" and "women do not understand men."

In another entry filled with more white supremacist slurs and threats of violence, he drew two swastikas after his words.

In a statement, Rollins said Allen's family had co-operated with the investigation and there was no indication or evidence that they were "aware of Nathan's intent or apparent ideologies."

She added: "They have stated that they denounce any form of hatred or racism and request privacy during this difficult time."

At a press conference after the shootings in June, Rollins mentioned that the authorities had discovered "some very troubling white supremacist rhetoric" written by him.

Allen had not been on law enforcement's radar. "This shooter was married and employed," she said in a statement the day after the killings.

"He had a Ph.D. and no criminal history. To all external sources he likely appeared unassuming. And then, yesterday afternoon he stole a box truck, crashed it into another vehicle and a property, walked away from the wreckage interacting with multiple individuals and choosing only to shoot and kill the two Black people he encountered."

State police are looking to speak to anyone who witnessed the shootings on June 26, or came into contact with Allen before the incident. Anyone with information is urged to call 617-727-8817.