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UPDATED: Killer of firefighters left note. William Spengler wrote he was doing ‘what I like best: killing people.’ Human remains found at home.

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Human remains, believed to be that of William Spengler’s sister, have been found at his burned out home. Click here for the story.


The Democrat and Chronicle reports this afternoon that William Spengler Jr. left behind a two to three page typewritten note that talked about his plans for the ambush yesterday. The killing of two West Webster FD firefighters, the wounding of two others and the fire that destroyed seven homes was somewhat outlined in his note. Only a portion of the note has been released by police.

Spengler’s rampage left West Webster FD members Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka dead and wounded Theodore Scardino and Joseph Hofstetter.


Armed with a Bushmaster .223 semi-automatic rifle — the same weapon used in the Dec. 14 school massacre in Newtown, Conn. — a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun and a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver and a stockpile of ammunition, William Spengler Jr. set a “clear ambush on first responders,” Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering said at a news conference on Christmas morning.

Spengler used that arsenal to follow through on the threats he made in a typewritten note discovered not far from where police found his body.

“I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down and do what I like best: killing people,” Spengler wrote in the note, which Pickering described as rambling, two to three pages long, and did not speak to motive. Spengler died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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