Police investigating the slaying of Wesleyan University junior Johanna Justin-Jinich found the anti-Jewish publication, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," in the motel room that Stephen Morgan rented the night before the deadly shooting, newly released court documents say.
The book, a 19th-century hoax by the Russian secret police that alleged a Jewish conspiracy to rule the world, is embraced by neo-Nazis, Jew-haters and Holocaust deniers.
Morgan, the 29-year-old former Navy petty officer accused of gunning down Justin-Jinich on May 6 in a bookstore cafe, is scheduled for a court hearing today at Superior Court in Middletown, where his attorney may argue for bail reduction.
Morgan's bail is currently set at $15 million, an amount that his Hartford attorney, Richard Brown, has called excessive.
Morgan's attitude toward Jewish people has come up repeatedly in the investigation. According to court records, one passage in his journal, dated 11 a.m. May 6, read: "Kill Johanna. She must die." And, "I think it OK to kill Jews and go on a killing spree at this school."
When interviewed by police after the shooting, Morgan's father, James Morgan, told police that his son kept a journal and was known "to make anti-Jewish comments," court records say.
Justin-Jinich, of Fort Collins, Colo, was Jewish.
Court records say that Morgan, of Marblehead, Mass., was wearing a disguise when he walked into the cafe at Broad Street Books clutching a 9mm handgun on the afternoon of May 6. Morgan is accused of shooting Justin-Jinich, 21, several times in the head and body.
Morgan shed his disguise before police arrived, according to court records, and talked briefly to Middletown police Officer William Porter not long after the shooting. When questioned, Morgan gave his name and told the officer that he was from Boulder, Colo. Police took his information and let him go.
The afternoon shooting prompted a nearly two-day campus lockdown and nationwide search for Morgan, who, according to a New York City police report, threatened Justin-Jinich in 2007, when they were attending a New York University summer program.
Morgan turned himself in the night after the shooting after public pleas from his family to surrender. Morgan's attorney has said that Morgan "denies any effort to target the Wesleyan campus."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times