A 33-year-old YouTuber and Redditor who was obsessed with conspiracies, from vaccines to 9/11 inside jobs to pedophilia rings, stabbed his own 73-year-old father to death after his father allegedly called him a Nazi.
On July 14, on Samish Island, near the coast of Washington State, Lane Davis, who lived with his parents, had “read and retweeted posts celebrating the Second Amendment, bemoaning diversity, and spreading conspiracy theories that alleged Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta was involved in a child sex ring, and DNC staffer Seth Rich had been murdered,” according to The Daily Beast.
Davis, known online as Seattle4Truth, worked as an unpaid editor for The Ralph Retort. His parents, Catherine and Charles Davis, had grown so accustomed to Lane’s tirades that Charles had started recording them on his phone.
But on July 14, weary of his outbursts, they told him to leave. Lane responded by chasing his parents around their home, spitting in his father’s face while screaming he wanted to kill “pedophiles who were taking over the country.”
That prompted Catherine Davis to call 911; The Daily Beast obtained the tape of her call. Catherine informed the 911 dispatcher, “He’s not physically threatening us or anything. He just gets out of control and he’s ranting about stuff from the internet.”
When queried as to whether her son was drunk, on drugs, or had reports of mental illness, Catherine responded, “No, not reported, but he’s not working and he gets on these rampages and he’s just needs to move on.”
The dispatcher suggested Catherine and Charles keep their distance from their son until the police could arrive, but Catherine replied, “We’re trying to but he’s chasing us around the house. He’s mad about something on the internet about leftist pedophiles and he thinks we’re leftist and he’s calling us pedophiles. And I don’t know what all.”
Unaware of the gravity of the situation, Catherine laughed, continuing, “He just lives on the internet and he gets really worked up about everything that’s going on. He needs an intervention of some kind here.” After she was informed police were en route, she hung up.
But Charles' phone kept recording. The 12-minute audio file later recovered by Skagit County Detective Kevin Sigman, revealed Lane, who heard the 911 call, threatened, "Ok well, so here's the deal. If l am going to go to prison for threatening to kill somebody, I mean ..."
Charles pleaded, "Leave the knife alone,” while Catherine tried to calm her son down, saying no one wanted him in prison, just to get some help.
Lane either didn’t hear Catherine or was oblivious, saying, “So, you are going to send me to prison? My life is over.”
Only minutes later, Catherine called 911 again. The sound of the call was not clear because Catherine was running, screaming, “He stabbed him” before the connection was lost. Charles had been stabbed in the chest and the back; , Lane walked outside, waiting for the police, while Catherine called 911, moaning, “He’s dead, he’s dead, he’s dead.”
Lane Davis told detectives that the fight had started over “whether toddlers could consent to sex or not,” claiming his father had called him a Nazi and a racist.
The Daily Beast illuminated Lane Davis’ activities:
On his Youtube channel—which still after seven years has just around 11,000 subscribers—Lane peddled the conspiracy theorist's greatest hits (vaccines and 9-11 inside jobs among them), posted original pro-Trump raps alongside cooking tutorials, and most notably, released a 3-hour long documentary on GamerGate. Curiously, Lane suggested the campaign of online harassment (doxing, and rape and death threats were favored practices) targeting female video game developers in 2014 was linked to the education standards known as Common Core.
Lane Davis eventually defected to an anti-GamerGate group in 2015, but still contacted the employers of women game developers and their allies to try to get them fired. London musician Joshua Idehen said Davis Lane sent an email to his manager, his agent, and to a charity he worked with, and alleged he was involved with pedophilia.
The Daily Beast reports of Davis’ connection to Milo Yiannopoulos:
Lane signed on as researcher and ghostwriter, one of 44 in Yiannopoulos’s mostly unpaid employ. (Lane later leaked the details of Yiannopoulos’s intern horde to Buzzfeed.) A 2016 article titled “MacArthur’s Thought Police,” arguing the MacArthur charity promotes censorship on social media, was originally credited to both Lane and Yiannopoulos, but is currently posted on Capital Research Center’s website under Yiannopoulos’s sole byline.
A spokesperson for Yiannopoulos responded to The Daily Beast that Yiannopoulos had distanced himself from Davis before the murder, adding that Yiannopoulos said that after the relationship was “discontinued,” “I then experienced his anger firsthand as he threatened me and later went to Buzzfeed making false and inaccurate accusations."
Davis segued to writing daily for the TheRalphRetort.com, run by GamerGate leader, Ethan Ralph, who is currently serving an 8-month sentence in a Loudon County, Virginia jail for assaulting a police officer.
Ralph issued a statement made from jail, saying, “The rush to score points against me, while completely expected, is also completely ridiculous. I'm only responsible for my own actions. ... I also lack the ability to predict future murders. This isn't Minority Report.”
Ralph’s wife erased Davis’ posts last week, writing, “As for Seattle4Truth, we’ll be working to erase him from this website in the coming days. I don’t care how big his contribution was. A guy that would murder his own father in cold blood doesn’t deserve to be read. No matter how accurate he was in the past, he ended his usefulness to this world when he ended his dad’s life.”