"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Ashley Figueroa believes that Jared Lee Loughner’s behavior is a deliberate part of a bigger plan. In an interview with ABC News yesterday, she remembers Loughner as “a drug user with a grudge against the government” and provided some insight into his history of violence and rage.
“He used to scare me sometimes and that’s kind of the reason why I left him,” said Figueroa. “He kind of makes me feel uncomfortable at times. He’d get really mad and he would clench his fists really tight and kind of almost like have a little tantrum. He’d kind of like flail his arms and walk off.”
As for the bizarre behavior leading up to the attack, Figueroa said it was all a farce.
“I think he’s faking everything. I think the outburst that he had in class — I think he’s planned everything. I think that he has been planning this for some time,” said Figueroa.
Figueroa is not a doctor, and these claims conflict with the opinion of top doctors in the field of psychiatry. (Dr. E. Fuller Torey actually told Salon that Loughner looks like a “textbook” case of paranoid schizophrenia.)
But we’ll add this to the list of weird things we know about Loughner anyways.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)