James Jackson, 28, was a white Army vet on a sick mission to kill black men in New York, says the city’s Daily News. Jackson rode a bus from Baltimore to New York last Friday with the sole purpose of stalking and killing black men for a statement-making media spectacle, police said. He’s accused of fatally stabbing Timothy Caughman, 66, in Midtown on Monday night. Cops said Jackson’s deep-seated racism stretched back more than a decade — to a time before he entered the military in March 2009.
Jackson ended up serving a little more than three years with the Army, bouncing from Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri to Fort Huachuca in Arizona before a tour in Afghanistan from December 2010 to November 2011, Army officials said. He was later stationed in Germany and discharged in 2012. Records show Jackson received several awards for his service. But he was also a member of a known hate group in Maryland. A former Baltimore building manager who knew Jackson described him as “definitely weird.” “He was absolutely anti-social,” said Marcus Dagan. “Misfit would be the word. Shaking hands with him, he was a dead fish.”