- Right-wing writer and online conspiracy theorist Lane Davis stabbed his own father to death during a politically-charged argument in July in which he accused his parents of being “leftists” and “pedophiles.”
- Davis posted prolifically on Reddit and YouTube, and ghostwrote several articles for former Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos.
- After his employment for Yiannopoulos, Davis leaked Slack messages from the project to a BuzzFeed journalist.
A former intern and ghostwriter for Milo Yiannopoulos, the right-wing provocateur who first made a name for himself on Breitbart News, killed his own father for allegedly calling him a Nazi after years of frequently posting on far-right blogs, YouTube, and Reddit.
Lane Davis, 33, murdered his father on July 14 in the community of Samish Island, Washington, after an altercation erupted between him and his parents in which he accused them of being “leftist pedophiles” after becoming angered by something online, The Daily Beast reports.
Because Davis is reportedly prone to angry outbursts, when his mother Catherine Davis initially called 911, she was relatively calm, according to recordings of the call recently obtained by The Daily Beast.
“He needs an intervention of some kind here,” she told dispatchers.
However, minutes later, she called again.
“He stabbed him!” Davis’s mother yelled, referring to Davis’s father, Charles Davis. “He’s dead, he’s dead, he’s dead,” she said after calling a third time.
Police arrested Davis soon afterward and charged him with first-degree murder, to which Davis pleaded not guilty. He is currently being held in a county jail on $US1 million bail, and his trial is set to take place in January.
Lane Davis has a long and prolific history online, and as his mother told a 911 dispatcher in the calls obtained by The Daily Beast, “He just lives on the internet.”
After becoming involved in right-wing circles online for the first time through Gamergate, a movement of gamers attempting to “fight back” against the influence of feminism and progressivism in the video game industry, Davis went on to posting right-wing conspiracy videos on YouTube and wrote posts that garnered thousands of upvotes on Reddit’s r/The_Donald subreddit, which sprang up during the 2016 presidential election in support of now-President Donald Trump.
Using the handle seattle4truth in both forums, he spread popular alt-right conspiracy theories about child sex rings run by Hilary Clinton, the activities of deceased Democratic National Committee staff Seth Rich, and ties between liberals and pedophilia, The Daily Beast noted.
Davis was subsequently hired as a research intern for Yiannopoulos, who is also affiliated with the Gamergate community. Davis was one of the 44 interns that Yiannopoulos had hired to conduct research and ghostwrite his pieces on his behalf, managing the “army” of ghostwriters through a group called Project Milo on the Slack messaging application.
It was Davis himself who leaked Slack messages to Buzzfeed after he left the project. Screenshots of Slack messages confirming Davis’s involvement were obtained by right-wing blogger Yes, Margaret? earlier this month, and Davis can be seen complaining about Yiannopoulos.
“He would promise me money for the stories i wrote… use them under his name… and then he didn’t pay me,” one message to a colleague reads.
Yiannopoulos released this statement to The Daily Beast about Davis: “Mr. Davis was a volunteer for me for a brief period of time prior to my founding MILO Inc. I was unhappy with his work and discontinued the relationship. I then experienced his anger firsthand as he threatened me and later went to BuzzFeed making false and inaccurate accusations.”
After working for Yiannopoulos, Davis went on to write for The Ralph Retort, another right-wing blog. After news broke of his father’s murder, the site’s editor Ethan Ralph removed all of Davis’s content and distanced himself from his actions.
“I condemn unjustified killings and political violence of any sort,” Ralph wrote in a post on his site. “Mr. Davis will have to answer for his own heinous action in a court of law… Hug those around you that you love a little closer tonight, especially loved ones that you disagree with politically.”
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