Police shoot, kill UW student in Nazi-era garb / Friends dispute report that he pointed weapon at officers
Mike Barber and Levi Pulkkinen
January 1, 2009
The University of Washington student shot to death by police in the first hours of 2009 after pointing a World War II-vintage rifle at officers had an abiding fascination with the past, but no love of Nazism.
The 22-year-old student of German and Scandinavian history was wearing a Nazi-era uniform when two Seattle police officers shot him early Thursday morning near the door of his University District apartment…
Hattie Taylor, a 20-year-old UW student at whose sorority house the deceased man worked, described him as a kind, if likably odd, young man. “He wasn’t a Nazi,” Taylor said. “He was just fascinated with the past. … He liked to dress up and have fun.”
As the article states, the dead bloke, “Miles von Murphy”
has had a myspace page, myspace.com/levelius:
I live in a 1920s room and I only enter the 21st century when absolutely necessary. I’m a senior at the University of Washington. I’m a Scandinavian Area Studies major and German Culture and Literature major. I also speak Swedish and German pretty well, and some Finnish. I come from Maple Valley, and went to Tahoma High School. I very much enjoy fancy parties and can never turn down a well-mixed martini. I have brown eyes, 24 teeth, and no cavities! Drunk old ladies tell me that I look like Elvis. I can’t stand it when people use bad grammar.
Nothing on it to suggest that he was anything other than a slightly eccentric student.
Poor bastard. But strangely prescient too.
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year:: Don’t die
How Long Do You Think You’ll Live?: Less than a year, honestly