Paul Pelosi's attacker David DePape 'fried his brains with drugs', claims friend

The friend also said that David DePape was deeply involved in some conspiracy theories, including QAnon, which is considered satanic

Paul Pelosi's attacker David DePape 'fried his brains with drugs', claims friend
David DePape (L) allegedly brutally attacked Paul Pelosi (R) with a hammer (Inside Edition/Youtube screenshot and Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANSISCO, CALIFORNIA: David DePape, the alleged suspect who attacked Paul Pelosi on Friday, October 28, was deeply involved in some conspiracy theories, including QAnon, which is considered satanic. Individuals associated with him claimed that he had “fried his brain” with drugs.

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Linda Schneider, one of DePape's former friends whom she met through a non-profit group, told New York Post, “He had fried his brain from his drug use. That also makes sense to me why he would be on the computer and was being swayed by, you know, political or extremist messages."

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Frank Ciccarelli, DePape's employer told the portal, “I think he was traumatized… It got worse and worse because he went down a rabbit hole and watched videos all the time." He added, “When I met him, he was more of a liberal early on … but it became the whole thing, Hillary Clinton, Pizzagate, the election was stolen, QAnon. He didn’t believe everything, and I tried to talk to him rationally, but there was just a block there.”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul could be sentenced to five years probation, a minimum of five days in jail and other terms for his DUI in May. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi who was attacked (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

Ciccarelli also claimed, "He had a deep antipathy toward liberals, but he never mentioned Nancy Pelosi.” Ciccarelli who is a 90-year-old photographer, also said that he was shocked to understand upon hearing the news and his irresponsible act. DePape's employer also added, “I last saw him on Tuesday [Oct. 25] when I paid him for the work he did the previous week. He was the best helper I ever had. He would show up without fail and worked hard and was really competent.” The 90-year-old alleged DePape had a traumatic childhood. Ciccarelli said, “He showed me a scar on his shoulder where his said his aunt had poured boiling water on him." 

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In an aerial view, San Francisco police officers and F.B.I. agents gather in front of the home of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on October 28, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Paul Pelosi, the husband of U.S. Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi, was violently attacked in their home by an intruder. One arrest has been made. Speaker Pelosi was not at home at the time of the attack.
San Francisco police officers and F.B.I. agents gather in front of the home of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi ( Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Schneider also stated, “He was afraid to communicate with people, and his only mode of being in the world was via computer." She also mentioned, “He wouldn’t even go get a bank account. It was so shocking. He was terrified even to face the teller." The former friend also noted DePape used to be heavily involved in drugs while he was in a relationship with his ex-partner, nude activist Oxane “Gyspy” Taub. She also said, “I can’t remember specifically what was around at that time, but I recall it was pretty mind-altering drugs. I just remember thinking, ‘Well, that is some heavy stuff.’ I think it was harder drugs than magic mushrooms.”

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DePape is now charged with one count of attempted kidnapping of a US official and has also been charged with an array of crimes, including assault and attempted murder. He has also been charged with one count of assault on an immediate family member of a US official intending to retaliate against the official. Meanwhile, there are also state charges he will face. This may include “attempted murder, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, false imprisonment of an elder, and threats to a public official and their family," reported CNN

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