Christian Philip Oberender at 14 years old murdered his mother in a shotgun ambush in his family’s home. It’s 18 years later and he’s amassed an arsenal including: 13 guns, including semi-automatic rifles, an AK-47, a Tommy gun, assorted shotguns and handguns, and a a .50-caliber Desert Eagle.
Star Tribune reports:
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson was sending his deputies back to the home where Oberender still lives. Just two days earlier, Olson had scanned the day’s shift reports and froze when he tripped over Oberender’s name. A scan of a Facebook page then showed firearms spread out like a child’s trophies on a bed inside the home, along with notes about the Newtown, Conn., gunman who shot 20 children to death.
Even more disturbing was the letter Oberender had written recently to his late mother, Mary: “I am so homicide,” it said in broken sentences. “I think about killing all the time. The monster want out. He only been out one time and someone die.”
Today, Oberender sits in a Carver County jail cell on a charge of being a felon in possession of firearms. And Olson, who investigated the 1995 murder as a young detective, finds his investigators at the center of a case that exposes the dangerous loopholes in the nation’s gun laws and Minnesota’s system of criminal background checks.
Oberender was committed to the state hospital in St. Peter as mentally ill and deemed as dangerous over a decade ago, yet still he was able to obtain a permit which enabled him to purchase his cache of weapons. At 32 years-old, with a permit in his wallet, Oberender was able to buy firearms from any licensed retailer in his state. And he did.