The man who police say killed three people and wounded nine others during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic has a checkered past that includes allegations of domestic violence and animal cruelty. Robert Lewis Dear, 57, was arrested Friday after an hours-long standoff with police in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is scheduled to appear in court Monday. James Russell, Dear’s former neighbor in a rural area near Black Mountain, North Carolina, described him as a man who lived in a cabin without electricity or running water and rambled during conversation. “If you talked to him, nothing was very cognitive -- topics all over the place,” Russell said.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.