Joseph Eaton, the man Maine State Police said Tuesday had been arrested on suspicion of murdering four unidentified people in the town of Bowdoin before shooting three more in Yarmouth, posted a bizarre and dark video to social media less than 12 hours before he was later arrested off of I-295 in Yarmouth.
In the video Eaton appears to allude to some domestic conflict and past trauma, claiming that he never talked with those closest to him about his own history of abuse.
‘I’m probably going to get emotional just talking about it. But, my people, a lot of people looking at you and think, on well, it’s just another, you know, f*** up. Just another guy who, you know, can’t get his stuff right and treat people like sh**. You know, and then they turn around and claim to be Christian, and you can’t forgive somebody or understand what they go through, and you can’t give someone a second chance.’ But you say you’re Christian; how does that make sense? Why can’t you just try to, try to take it slow, try to get to know the person again? What good does it do to hate somebody? You know, it destroys you. It’s not the way things were supposed to be done. It’s not the way we were made.’
‘Just need to try to forgive me for the things I did. I have been dealing with trauma for a long time on things I don’t talk to people about. Being molested and stuff. It destroys somebody. I know I’m good for my kids. I just wish people would forgive me, you know, some people. I don’t get it,’ he said.
The Bangor Daily News located Eaton’s criminal history and reported that he had numerous felony convictions stretching back to 2013. As a violent felon, Eaton is prohibited from owning a firearm.
Maine State Police haven’t yet said how he was able to obtain the firearm he used in the shootings.