Costa Mesa man who died in blast is linked to rambling online essay

Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad members walk away from a home on Bermuda Drive in Costa Mesa where a 52-year-old man apparently committed suicide with an explosive device.
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

The man who apparently blew himself up with explosives in his Costa Mesa home wrote a rambling, 17,000-word essay that warned of dangers at his home, according to a source close to the investigation.

“I am at 3152 Bermuda Dr., Costa Mesa, CA, USA. You can tell it’s me because I am the only one who can get into my house,” reads the document authored by a man who identifies himself as Kevin Harris. “I think it may be dangerous for you to come to my house alone.”

The essay, titled “The Pricker: A True Story of Assassination, Terrorism And High Treason,” includes references to aliens, the O.J. Simpson trial, the U.S. government and “the pricker,” which the author describes as “an assassin’s weapon that deposits biological agents into a victim’s skin, on contact, without their knowledge.”

Public records confirmed that Harris, 52, lived at the address mentioned in the essay.

The document appears to have been first written in 2002 and updated in 2005. The website labeled it a “draft of a work in progress.”

A bomb squad in Costa Mesa is continuing to comb through the home in the 3100 block of Bermuda Drive, where the man died in an apparent suicide Sunday evening.

More than a dozen homes near the 3100 block of Bermuda Drive have been evacuated as multiple agencies -- including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Costa Mesa police and the Orange County Fire Authority -- remained on the scene.

Two of the devices, described as crudely made, have been detonated. By 8 a.m., crews were preparing to handle the third.

The incident began Sunday evening, neighbors told KTLA-TV, when a 52-year-old man laid down in his front yard and was unresponsive. An ambulance was called, but the man refused to go to the hospital and went back inside.

About an hour or two later, neighbors told the television station, an explosion occurred. The man was found dead.