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Highway shooter says he received coded messages from Detroit Tigers broadcasts

Jan 28, 2014, 7:03 AM EDT

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In October 2012 there were some shootings on a Detroit freeway. No one was injured or killed, thank goodness. The suspect in the case, Raulie Wayne Casteel, is on trial this week. His defense, in part, centers on paranoia he was experiencing at the time. Paranoia egged on by Jim Price and Dan Dickerson, it seems:

A Wixom man police say is the Interstate 96 corridor shooter who terrorized motorists in October 2012 testified Monday that he was prompted to randomly shoot at cars after receiving “coded messages” during Detroit Tiger baseball games . . . Casteel said one of the shootings occurred while he was listening to a Tigers baseball game on his car radio and suffered anxiety at seeing a “long line of cars” driving in his direction.

He said he recalled listening to one pre-game broadcast discussing baseball hitters “aiming at shadows” or “shooting at shadows.”

“To me it meant shooting at cars,” he said.

Yikes.

(thanks to Eric C for the heads up)

  1. themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    If it later comes to light that this guy was an HBT commenter I wouldn’t be very surprised. I couldn’t think of a better medium for sending coded messages than right here.

    • shaggytoodle - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:34 AM

      Why would pEople think thAt? REeally what is this world COMING TO these days, GET YOUr head straight man.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:36 AM

        Get in the BSOML you say? Ok….

  2. wintwins - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Having crappy mental health services in a country with more guns than citizens seems kinda dumb.

  3. ctony1216 - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    A sign of the times: sick people, gun crazy culture. Now, as American as baseball and apple pie.

    Signs of a sick culture: Since Sandy Hook, there have been 26 more school shootings and 30,000 gun-related deaths.

    Sicker: My daughter’s school will be having a “lockdown” drill tomorrow — this is the new normal.

    Sickest: As gun manufacturer’s profits skyrocketed post-Sandy Hook, they convinced Congress to kill any sensible gun regulations.

    • skids003 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      The problem is mental illness, not guns.

      • spursareold - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        The problem is that mentally ill people are ALLOWED to have guns, and the NRA won’t allow us to do anything about it, via bribes, er, contributions to Congress.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        I’m going to disagree with you on this because not everyone who shoots someone is mentally ill. A lot are just bad or angry or whatever. And, mentally ill people are not by nature more violent than people without mental disabilities. I know it’s cool to use “crazy people” as a scapegoat, but stigmatizing those with mental issues is not the answer.

      • skids003 - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        excuse me, spurs, but the NRA is actually for not allowing mentally ill people access to weapons. The Brady Bunch just doesn’t want you to believe that.

        histrio, I’m not stigmatizing anyone, nor trying to lay blame, just answering ctony. Besides his “numbers” being completely skewed, it’s not the law abiding citizens that are the problem. We already have thousands of gun laws, it’s just that they aren’t enforced. More laws taking away law abiding citizens right to defend themselves is not going to solve the “problem.”

    • Bryz - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      Small quibble: Lockdown drills have been going on for a long time. I remember them when I was in grade school, and that was 7+ years ago. It’s not like it’s a recent development.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        Wow, 7+ years ago!

  4. sportsriffblog - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Two of my favorite broadcasters. Apparently this clown felt the same way!

  5. tysonpunchinguterus - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    If the Tigers’ announcers made him shoot at cars then I shudder to think what a John Sterling home run call would’ve made him do.

    • voteforno6 - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Shoot John Sterling?

  6. papacrick - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    That was one terrifying month! I live off 96 and this guy was shooting 1-3 cars everyday and nobody could stop him. People avoided the expressway at all costs and even with police staked out everywhere the shootings kept occurring. They were stopping every car that fit the description so I remember police coming to my work and scanning all of our cars then surrounding a coworkers car with flashlights. Some nice brief entertainment, luckily nobody was killed

    • jm91rs - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:21 AM

      A Louisville area police officer was ambushed in a similar way. They still haven’t caught the guy and it’s incredibly scary to think about how easy it is to get away with something like that. Big reminder that more needs to be done with mental health. Get people the help they need and it might curb the crazy gun demand going on right now.

  7. gibbyfan - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Why would something like this merit being put on here? I think it’s a real stratch to tie it to a sports story.

    • apmn - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      Because when we compartmentalize our lives too much, we are unable to see the big picture; how aspects of our society are tied together.

      • gibbyfan - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        I truly hope that there are not too many people who depend on this site to ‘see life’s big picture’. I would think most come on here to find out about baseball, it’s player and teams and sort of escape from the ‘big picture’ which, unless we live in a cave, is all too much inescapable in our everyday life.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      15 days, fan. Only 15 more days. Hang on.

  8. craigssideburns - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    At least he didn’t listen to a Chicago album played backwards.

  9. happytwinsfan - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    never happened when ernie harwell was calling the games.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Turtles are pacifists.

      • dluxxx - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        Not snapping turtles…

  10. babyfarkmcgeezax - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    The tiger in that logo is imitating the expression on this guy’s face as the long line of cars approached.

    • ctony1216 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      The eyes of that tiger are really creepy. Don’t look at them too long — you’ll start hearing voices.

  11. spamrok - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    This will soon be ARods new defense.

  12. laxer37 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Sounds like a legit defense.

  13. crashdavis99 - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    “Yes your honor, there were coded messages in Craig Calcaterra’s blogs. That’s why I stuffed old Mrs.Crabtree in the sausage grinder.”

  14. ttt56 - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Imagine if he shot a car every time Jim Price said “The art of pitching.” Now that would have been scary…

    • philliesblow - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Or “Nice area”

  15. Jonny 5 - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Wow, so this guy was shooting at other cars while doing the most dangerous task known to man? 4 times more people are killed by automobile each year than by firearms. I guess we’re lucky he didn’t run anyone over while focusing his attention from driving.

    • Reflex - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      What amaze me is how much more often people drive vs shoot anything, and yet the rate of death from driving is only four times higher than death from a gun related incident. Most of us drive at least twice a day. I’ve gone shooting only a few times in the past few years. I don’t know anyone who is involved with guns daily who does not work in a gun shop.

  16. therooneyskilledwebster - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Son of Dan ?

  17. doctorofsmuganomics - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    This why I’ve said for years that America needs some sort of gun regulation, so the crazies can’t have one. But Nah, ‘Merica, freedom!

    (For the record, before I get hit with four times as likely to die in a car accident, yadda yadda yadda, I also support car regulation because there are some morons on the road, man.)

    As for guns to don’t kill people, let me give you an example. The same day as one of our latest tragic school shootings…Sandy Hook, I think where that crazy guy killed those children, a man in China (at least I think it was China, it was in Asia at least) stabbed twenty someodd children. Both awful, both deserved punishment, but guess which one didn’t have any fatalities.

    Guns may not kill people, but they’re the weapon of choice for people to kill people

  18. yordo - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Yet another reason to ban baseball.

  19. jrs45 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    I’d shoot things too if I was a tigers fan lmao!!! When was the last time they won a ws? 82? They are the Bills of MLB lol!

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