8:33 PM 03/21/2018
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley announced Wednesday that authorities have found a recording made by Austin bombing suspect Mark Conditt.
Manley said it can be seen as a “confession.”
“We have at this point located a recording that the suspect in this incident made. It is about a 25-minute recording where he talks about what he has done. I would classify this as a confession. This was on a phone that we found in his possession early this morning, after we had the officer-involved shooting, after he detonated the bomb he had with him. On this recording, the suspect describes the six bombs that he constructed with a level of specificity that he identified the differences among those six bombs.”
“I know everybody is interested in a motive and understanding why, and we are never going to be able to put a ration behind these acts, but what I can tell you having listened to that recording, he does not at all mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate, but instead, it is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life that led him to this point.” (RELATED: Police Evacuate Area Around Austin Bombing Suspect’s Home)