Robert Crimo told his dad Copenhagen mass shooter was an 'idiot' night before Highland Park massacre
Robert 'Bobby' Crimo III, the man behind the horrific mass shooting at highland Park, Illinois, appeared in front of the court via Zoom on Wednesday, July 6, and revealed certain chilling details, like he planned another shooting in Madison, Wisconsin as he had 60 rounds of ammunition left. Crimo, who has been charged with 7 counts of first-degree murder, confessed to carrying out the horrific act in all his consciousness and that he aimed at the public and then fired. Now, his father, Robert Bob Crimo, has made confessions on his end saying that he helped Crimo buy guns and that his son talked to him about the Copenhagen mass shooting the night before.
Bob told The New York Post that they had a conversation about the 22-year-old Danish man who killed 3 people outside a mall in Copenhagen on Sunday, July 3. Bob said, "He goes, ‘Yeah, that guy is an idiot.’ That’s what he said! People like that … [commit mass shootings] to amp up the people that want to ban all guns. I talked to him 13 hours before [Monday’s massacre]. That’s why I guess I’m in such shock. … Like, did he have a psychiatric break or something?" The conversation between the father and son comes as a hiccup in the whole process as a few hours later, Crimo unleashed hell on the innocent parade-goers and also had a second destination in mind. The 21-year-old rapper accepted that he "dressed up like a girl and covered his tattoos with makeup because people would otherwise recognize him."
Bob, a previous local mayoral candidate who used to run a neighborhood deli, is now under the heavy criticism of the public for assisting his son in buying the guns. Crimo had 4 firearms even before he turned 21, which is unsafe on every level. In 2019, the police contacted Crimo after a family member informed the officials that he was going to kill everyone in the house. At that time, he was not arrested due to a lack of evidence; yet his father went on to assist him in buying the firearms just three months after the incident. The father has, however, actively denied any involvement with the scarring massacre.
Bob explains Crimo's desire for 'collecting' stuff
After the family member contacted the officials in 2019, they collected over 15 knives, a sword, and a dagger from the scene. Bob defended the incident saying it was just a "collection" and that the scene was a "childish outburst." "How did Crimo, a man who has been in touch with the law, and was a clear danger, able to get a hold of these firearms?" Bob told the portal, "He bought everything on his own, and they’re registered to him. You know, he drove there, he ordered them, he picked them up, they did his background check on each one. They make me like I groomed him to do all this,” he said of critics. “I’ve been here my whole life, and I’m gonna stay here, hold my head up high, because I didn’t do anything wrong."
While Bob is supportive of his son, he does want Crimo to pay for his actions. He continued, "I want a long sentence,” Crimo said of his 21-year-old son. "That’s life. You know you have consequences for actions. He made a choice. He didn’t have to do that. I think there’s mental illness there, obviously. … I didn’t see a lot of it. I’m speechless with that. It just took me by such surprise. It’s horrible. It’s surreal. I mean essentially I lost a son, too. It sucks.” Bob also revealed that a relative of one of his old friends was also injured and he ruled out 'hate' as a motive.