On June 2, 2020, 23-year-old Cole Carini walked into a local medical center with extreme injuries to his body, including one missing hand and shrapnel wounds across his neck.
“Incels” or so-called “incel movement” is made up of young men who hate women for rejecting them sexually, it has been linked to 53 deaths in recent years.
According to an affidavit, Cole Carini was inspired by notorious “incel” mass shooter Elliott Rodger who fantasized about blowing up a shopping mall and killing hot cheerleaders.
Cole showed up at Clinch Valley Medical with a missing hand, his other hand was also missing fingers, a shrapnel wound to the neck and throat. When asked by a local deputy chief, he said that his injuries were a result of a gardening accident.
Cole explained the scene to investigators, “blades were spinning so fast, it acted like a bomb.”
An officer who responded to the scene reported that the grass was around six inches high and there did not appear to be an area of the grass mowed.
According to the Daily Beast, investigators revealed that Cole had been previously convicted on charges related to explosives. They obtained a search warrant and contacted the FBI.
What they found inside was far more disturbing then they thought. Investigators discovered a shockingly gruesome trail of blood at his home, which was coming from the second-floor bedroom to a red minivan parked in the driveway.
According to the report “flesh-colored substance that… looked like a piece of human skin,” they also discovered a bottle filled with triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, a substance that is “used in the creation of improvised explosive devices,” inside a footlocker.
The binds in the rooms were also damaged and chunks of human flesh were still stuck to the ceiling.
The explosion which is thought to come from a plastic container was placed behind the footlocker, the top of which had been “peeled back in a manner consistent with an explosion.” Near to that was a box filled with rusty nails, a material commonly used to create additional shrapnel in homemade explosives.
While searching in a shed behind Cole’s grandmother’s house the investigators found empty chemical containers, PVC pipes, pieces of loose wires, and a pit that appeared to have been the site of an explosion.
Upon further investigation, they found coffee cups with a white crystal like residues inside them, a battery with wires attached to it, and a crumpled partially legible paper on the ground, it was written in the third person:
“He was doing it and was assured it must be done. Even if he died this statement was worth it! He had… of tension that would come and go as he approached the stage of hot cheerleaders… A dead seriousness sank in as he realized he was truly passing the point of no return! He decided I will not back down I will not be afraid of the consequences no matter what I will be heroic I will make a statement like Elliott Rodgers[sic] did he thought to himself.”
Elliot Rodger was an “incel” or “involuntary celibate” as described by the investigators, who killed six people and injured 14 in 2014 Santa Barbara, California, before committing suicide. “If I can’t have you girls, I will destroy you, written in a manifesto that Roger left behind.”
Cole Carini’s mother, Karen who reached by phone, was surprised that the son’s case was “getting national attention,” and said that she hoped her son would recover. “There’s not even a mall where we live,” Karen said speaking about her son’s writing about bombing a mall.
Karen wants to help her son, “Not to sound cliché, but I had no idea(about the bomb and the material), and I’m willing to work with him. My son needs help. That’s all I want to say.”
Cole Carini is now charged with lying to the FBI, he is currently in federal custody, pending a detention hearing, and does not have a layer listen in court records.