Anthony Warner blew himself up in an RV in Nashville on December 25. His best friend says he spent weeks prepping the voice he used to warn people around him of the imminent blast
Weeks before Nashville bomber Anthony Warner blew himself and much of the city up, he prepared the creepy voice-over that was heard by terrified residents warning them that an explosion was coming.
Warner, 63, had terminal cancer and was also a conspiracy theorist, which his best friend Crystal Deck believes may have driven him to carry out the suicide mission on December 25.
Deck spoke to
No one had visited his home for 20 years and he was estranged from his family. His own mother sued him for trying to give away his dead brother’s house after he died.
Deck said she knew instantly that he was to blame when she heard about the blast because she had heard him preparing the warning announcement that was reported on weeks earlier.
The announcement warned: ‘Stay clear of this vehicle, evacuate now. Do not approach this vehicle!’
Afterwards, the RV played the song ‘Downtown.’
Deck told the Times that he had wanted to ‘go out in his own way’ after being given a terminal cancer diagnosis. She did not specify what type of cancer he had.
In the weeks before his death, he gave her his car. He also retired, emptied out his house and signed the deed for it over to the daughter of an ex-girlfriend.
Warner is shown driving his RV near downtown Nashville in the early hours of December 25, before blowing it up
In the weeks before his suicide, Warner gave away his property to friends and signed the deed of his house over to the daughter of an ex-girlfriend
The explosion caused extraordinary damage to the downtown Nashville area but miraculously, no one else was killed
‘He was trying to escape. He talked about going out on his own terms,’ she said.
She also revealed that he had become fixated on a conspiracy theory that earth is controlled by alien reptiles which live in tunnels beneath the earth and sometimes shape shift to become humans.
Warner’s friend Crystal Beck (shown) said he was preparing the warning announcement for weeks
He was so convinced with the theory that he often camped at a park in Nashville where he felt the reptiles were highly active, and complained to friends that he couldn’t find them with infared technology.
‘If you try to hunt one, you will find that you are the one being hunted,’ he wrote about the creatures.
Deck grew up in Nashville then served in the Navy briefly in the 1970s. It’s unclear what exactly he did.
At one time, he worked for a security company. In recent years, he made money through freelance IT work.
‘He was real proud of his computer skills. He loved how smart he was,’ Deck said.
Tom Lundborg, 57, worked with him in his 20s and said that he was a ‘good looking’ man who could have any woman he wanted but was dating his own cousin.
‘He was a really nice-looking guy back then. He had long fluffy hair, a ‘Magnum, P.I.’-type mustache.
‘Girls liked him,’ he told the Times.
The reptilian theory gained traction when British conspiracy theorist David Icke wrote about it.
Warner’s own mother sued him for $249,000 after he inherited his late brother’s home then gave it away to a young woman in California.
Miraculously, no one else was injured after Warner detonated the bomb on Christmas Day.
The warning he played from the RV gave cops enough time to evacuate people.