Man accused of breaking into California House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home and battering her husband with a hammer apparently made racist and often inflammatory posts online, including several that questioned the outcome of the 2020 election, defended former President Donald Trump, and echoed the QAnon conspiracy theories.
David De Pape, 42, grew up in Powell River, British Columbia, before moving to San Francisco nearly 20 years ago to follow an older girlfriend. The street address listed for DePape at Berkeley, Bay Area College, led to a PO Box at the UPS Store.
Depp was arrested early Friday morning at Pelosi’s home. San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said she expects to file multiple felony charges, including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and elder abuse.
Stepfather Gene De Pape said the suspect lived with him in Canada until he was 14 and was a quiet boy.
“David was never violent that I’ve ever seen and never got in any trouble, even though he was very withdrawn and played too many video games,” Gene Depay said.
He said he has not seen his stepson since 2003 and has tried to contact him several times over the years without success.
“In 2007, I tried to get in touch, but his girlfriend hung up on me when I asked to speak to him,” Jean DePapp said.
David De Pape was known in Berkeley as a pro-nudity activist who organized a nude picket during protests against a local law requiring people to wear clothing.
Jean De Pape said the girlfriend her son followed to California was called Gypsy, and they had two children together. Depap also has a child from another woman, his stepfather said.
Photos released by The San Francisco Chronicle on Friday show DePap naked with about a dozen others at City Hall at the 2013 wedding of pro-nudity activist Gypsy Taub, who was marrying another man. Taub did not return calls or emails Friday. to letters.
A 2013 article in The Chronicle described David Depay as a “cannabis jewelry maker” who lived in a Victorian apartment in Berkeley with Taub, who hosted the local public access television talk show “Uncensored 9/11” on which he appeared. bare and promoted conspiracy theories that the 2001 terrorist attacks were an “inside job”.
In recent months, a pair of blogs posted on the Internet by the name of David De Pape have featured gossip about technology, aliens, communists, religious minorities and global elites.
An August 24 post titled “Q” featured a scatological collection of memes that included photos of deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and referenced QAnon, a pro-Trump conspiracy theory that advocates the belief that the country is run by one man. : A deep state cabal of child sex traffickers, diabolical pedophiles, and child-eating cannibals.
“Big Brother has deemed doing your own research a crime of thought,” read one post that appeared to mix QAnon references with George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.
On August 25, a post titled “Gun Rights” read on the poster: “You have no more rights. Your basic human rights prevent Big Brothers from fully and completely enslaving and controlling you.”
Web hosting service WordPress removed a site Friday afternoon for violating its terms of service.
On another sitesomeone posting under DePeep’s name repeated false claims about COVID vaccines and wearing masks, questioned whether climate change was real, and featured an illustration of a zombified Hillary Clinton dining on a human body :
There didn’t appear to be any direct posts about Pelosi, but there were posts defending former President Donald Trump and Y, rapper Kanye West, who recently made anti-Semitic comments.
In other posts, the writer says Jews helped finance Hitler’s political rise in Germany and suggests an anti-Semitic conspiracy was involved in Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine.
In a Sept. 27 post, the writer said that any journalists who refute Trump’s false claims about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election “should be taken straight out into the streets and shot.”
AP Global Investigative Reporter Michael Biesecker reports from Washington, D.C., and Breaking News investigative reporter Bernard Condon reports from New York. Reporters Stephanie Dazio in Los Angeles, Olga Rodriguez in San Francisco and news researcher Jennifer Farrar in New York contributed to this report.