Hialeah Gunman Had Left Job for Downloading Files on Explosives, Bare-Handed Killing and Sex
While police still don't know what exactly provoked Pedro Alberto Vargas to set his apartment on fire and fatally shoot six neighbors, new documents released today reveal that Vargas had previously been fired in 2008 for downloading a number of troubling files on his workplace computer. According to Reuters, the topics of the files ranged from bomb making, counterfeiting, killing people with bare hands and sex.
Vargas had worked at Miami Dade College from 2004 to 2008 after graduating from the school with a degree in graphic arts.
Vargas resigned in December 2008 after he was caught downloading at least 24 files of personal and disturbing nature on his workplace computer.
"During his full-time tenure, his supervisors became concerned about his performance, including his punctuality, adherence to deadlines, the quality of his work, and the following of orders, among other issues," Juan Mendieta, a college spokesman, said in a statement released today to Reuters.
"It was also learned that just prior to his resignation, on one occasion, he visited an anti-government website."
Vargas perused numerous documents on how to make bombs, including of the bleach and mailbox variety, and also on how to counterfeit documents to establish a new identity. Vargas also explored topics like seduction, hypnosis, hacking and credit-card fraud on company time.
Vargas denied the allegations and resigned days later. He wrote that the allegations were meant "to smear my good name and reputation."
As earlier reported, Vargas has since turned his attention to fitness and might have used steroids. Those who knew him said he was abusive and often angry.
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