Suspect in murder of Ivy League student made disturbing comments
A 20-year-old-man suspected of murdering his friend, 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein, expressed violent thoughts on social media, according to a new report.
Samuel Lincoln Woodward was arrested Friday, three days after Bernstein’s body was found buried in a shallow grave in an Orange County park.
Woodward, who attended the Orange County School of the Arts with Bernstein, defended the Confederate flag and expressed an affinity for weapons on social media, CBS Los Angeles reported.
On one site, he called the Confederate flag a symbol of Southern pride and not hate, according to the report.
On another, he said that if he were stranded on a deserted island he would want “The Bible and a Colt .45.”
Samuel Lincoln Woodward, 20 was arrested in the killing of 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein.
(Orange County Sheriff’s Department/AP)
When asked what new skill he would like to learn, Woodward replied “Waterboarding,” according to the report.
It’s not clear if his answers were sincere or if he was joking around.
In another exchange about human cloning, Woodward wrote, “Just one of me in the world is already bad enough,” CBS Los Angeles reported.
An anonymous poster at one point said that Woodward was violent and that it scared them.
University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein, 19, went missing on Jan. 2, 2018, while home in Southern California on winter break. His body was found Jan. 9 in a brush surrounding a neighborhood park in the Foothill Ranch area of the city of Lake Forest, and his death is being investigated as a homicide.
Woodward replied, “I wouldn’t fight anybody unless they attacked me.”
Woodward seemed nervous while speaking to police, and had “dirt under the fingernails” on both hands, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Orange County Register.
When asked where the dirt came from, Woodward said he “fell into a dirt puddle,” according to the newspaper.
He had scratches and abrasions on his hands which he said were from a “fight club” that he took part in.