Austin Bomber Described Himself as a ‘Psychopath,’ Officials Say

Mark Conditt, the serial bomber who terrorized Austin, Texas, this month, showed no remorse in a taped confession recovered by police and described himself on the recording as a “psychopath,” U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul said Saturday.

Mr. Conditt, 23 years old, who blew himself up Wednesday after being chased by police, left no indication as to why he committed the series of bombings and was “questioning himself” on the recording over why he felt no regret about his crimes, Mr. McCaul said, speaking at a news conference with Austin Police Chief Brian Manley about the case.

Officials said Saturday that they were still searching for a motive behind the bombings, which left two people dead, several injured and rattled Austin for weeks. So far, the confession, which police recovered on Mr. Conditt’s cellphone after his death, has offered the only hints at what led to the bombing spree.

“The best evidence we have at this point in time is the confession itself,” said Mr. McCaul, who represents part of Austin and chairs the Homeland Security Committee.

Mr. McCaul said he was particularly disturbed by Mr. Conditt’s discussion on the recording of several “Slow Down: Children At Play” signs he purchased. Authorities have said Mr. Conditt used one of the signs, which he bought at Home Depot , to rig tripwire to a bomb that exploded in Austin’s Travis Country neighborhood.

Police had initially suspected the blasts could have been racially motivated after the first two package bombs sent by Mr. Conditt killed two African-Americans. But the tripwire bomb wounded two white men, and that theory was abandoned.

Authorities haven’t yet released the recording of Mr. Conditt discussing the bombings, but they said he didn’t mention terrorism or hate.

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