Less than two weeks after her boyfriend killed five people in cold blood, Anne received a package from the grave.
It came from the man she’d spent the last year with, Lyndon McLeod. Inside it were the rights to Sanction—a three-volume book series McLeod wrote under a pseudonym that graphically details a killing spree carried out by a character who shares his name—and a 47-minute movie he shot and edited in his final days. The film, titled “War Horse,” contains footage that appears to tell the story of McLeod planning and carrying out the attack. The package also contained the books and movie on an SD card, and a note telling Anne she should use them to make money.
The postmark shows the package was sent Dec. 27, 2021, the same day McLeod, in a cold and calculated manner, killed five people and injured two others in locations around Denver, including a police officer, who managed to shoot back and kill him.
Now, after struggling to decide whether to post the film online, those closest to the mass murderer have made it available on his website, charging $10 to rent it and $30 to own it.
“It’s disturbing,” said Al Cardenas, whose sister was killed in the massacre. “It is disturbing to me that someone is trying to continue whatever message he may have had or promote what he did or what his belief system was for profit or for glory. I think it’s sick.”
The murders were a chilling ritual of bringing fiction into reality: Two of the characters killed in Sanction shared the same name as two of the victims in McLeod’s real-life spree. One of them was even killed in a way that bore a striking resemblance to what happened on the page.
“I looked at the UPS man like I saw a ghost, because I saw his name on it and he never shipped anything under his real name,” said Anne, who wants to remain anonymous due to her relationship with a mass murderer.
Thanks to the books, McLeod was a minor figure among the “manosphere”—a loose collective of online misogynists, self-help hucksters, men’s rights activists, incels, and the like. The novels earned McLeod invites to right-wing podcasts and tweets from far-right online personalities. </…….