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Posted on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 8:07 a.m.

New details emerge in case of Raulie Casteel, I-96 corridor shootings suspect

By Cindy Heflin

New details are emerging in the case of Raulie Casteel, charged in connection with the I-96 corridor shootings.


Raulie Casteel

Casteel was charged Wednesday in connection with a shooting Oct. 18 in Livingston County, but police believe he is responsible for the string of 24 shootings that began Oct. 16 and spanned four counties in the Interstate 96 corridor. Only three actually occurred on the freeway.

Media reports have revealed that Casteel had complained about military helicopters flying low over his home, that his former roommate was shocked to discover Casteel is accused of the shootings and that it’s not clear how the $102,000 reward offered in the case might be distributed.

Officials have also said they expect more charges to be filed soon in connection with shootings that occurred in Oakland County.

Reports Wednesday revealed that a Twitter feed under the name of "Raulie Casteel" is peppered with far-right, anti-government and pro-gun sentiments.

Casteel was arraigned on charges of firing from an automobile, assault with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and three felony firearm possession charges. The judge Wednesday set bond at $2 million.

Here’s a roundup of links to stories about new developments in the case:

Watch a Detroit Free Press video of Casteel's arraignment Wednesday:



Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 6:59 p.m.

The problem of health care: While reading this story, we cannot avoid the issue of health care. We treat humans as if they are made up of independently functioning component parts and we have a variety of specialists who have the expertise to deal with the specific problems that are related to the parts. I describe spirituality in the context of the structural, and functional organization that generates peace, harmony, and tranquility in the living human experience. Unless we understand man as a spiritual being, we will not be able to address the problems that are associated with spiritual dysfunction. The nature of spiritual illness can be discovered if we practice 'The Art of Diagnosing Good Health'.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 7:34 p.m.

As I said before, we live in a country where is is alright to express dissent with the government. People before us fought hard to get those rights and we never want to see it otherwise. If this is indeed the shooter then we need to find a different answer for why he decided to shoot at people he didn't even know.


Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 12:32 p.m.

Did I mention the number of death threats received from "patriots" for my crime of holding an anti-Iraq War sign? Another funny thing, those threatening my life seemed unconcerned about the national debt rising back then. Then something changed...


Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 12:28 p.m.

Funny how that right to dissent changed in Nov 2008. For years prior to that we were told to "watch what we say", that sending "mixed messages" emboldened terrorists, we were herded into "free speech zones" and risked a visit from the Secret Service or FBI if we belonged to the wrong place of worship or peace group.

John of Saline

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 3:09 p.m.

There's been an unfortunate confluence of interests that has made in-patient psychiatric care very difficult. You have those on the right who want to cut costs, and such state hospitals are EXPENSIVE. You have those on the left that see any treatment of the mentally ill against their (mentally-ill) will as a restriction on rights. (In some cases, there have been "patient advocates" that coach the mentally ill in how to trick their way out of in-patient care. In one case in Maine, the coaching was successful. Then the patient went directly to his mom's house and stabbed her to death. After he had been treated for mental illness and restored to a sound mind, he was ENRAGED at the advocate for what she had done.)

Laura Jones

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 3:39 p.m.

The mental health care system in the US is a nightmare for those who are truly ill and their families. On the last thread, people wanted to know why his mother didn't report him and force him to get help. Report him to what authority? You cannot force anyone to get mental health help in the US unless they try to kill themselves or someone else. Then we help those folks until they are healthy enough to go out and try again and can decide to end treatment. Or we incarcerate them, making prisons the largest housing unit of the mentally ill in the nation, without any resources to treat the inmates. Ever see a paranoid schizophrenic is prison - best place to find them. Prison Wardens single largest complain is that they have become the defacto housing unit for the mentally ill - and they do not have the time, resources or training to deal with it. They self report that the conditions for these people is inhumane.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 1:59 p.m.

I am always suspicious of folks that spew these unbelievable rants about government takeover and "siezing our guns." There is no proof to these statements and if I let them keep staying on subject it seems to feed on itself and get even more crazy. This has to be a case of mental illness and I hope that the court sees it this way. He does need to be kept off of the streets for a very long time, if not for good.


Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 12:05 p.m.

I could be wrong, I don't listen to Maddow etc, but I don't think they talk about "2nd amendment solutions" or suggest a civil war is coming if Obama gets re-elected. A comparison of right wing vs left wing terrorism in the USA in the last 3 decades shows the right way ahead in numbers of attacks, injured and killed.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 7:43 p.m.

LOL....I'm in no way trying to fight the government and in no way did what I say even remotely imply that....cute strawman though... There's no way I'm giving up my ability to defend my person, my family, and my property...period. But I honestly doubt they'll ever get anywhere with a gun ban. Thankfully there have been enough places that have instituted gun bans now to prove that it does nothing to combat gun violence. The nutjob anti-gun folks "shot themselves in the foot" as some might say...


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 7:11 p.m.

Billy, Unless you refuse to register your M1A1 tank and anti-aircraft battery, you won't stand much of a chance against the government.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 6:09 p.m.

Nice try cinnabar but educated Americans know where the real hate comes from.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 5:28 p.m.

dsponini you left out a few hate mongers, like Ed Shultz, Al Sharpton, and Ray Maddow just to name a few.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 4:01 p.m.

Unfortunately, the likes of Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity etc...spew this kind of garbage on a regular basis. Those that are uneducated eat it up like candy...they love to hate government


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 3:05 p.m.

Until they require registration of long guns there is ZERO fear of the government "seizing our guns." And when they require registration of can bet I will NOT be registering mine.