- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 7, 2001

PITTSBURGH (AP) Prosecutors handed jurors copies of a "hit list" and rants against whites, Jews and homosexuals that were recovered from the apartment of a black man accused of killing three persons in a racially motivated shooting rampage.
"Jesus Christ made a very big, costly mistake by putting white trash people on the face of this earth," Ronald Taylor wrote.
His attorney, John Elash, did not object to the profanity-laced writings being presented. He said they would be helpful in trying to convince jurors that Mr. Taylor is not guilty by reason of insanity. He planned to argue that Mr. Taylor suffers from paranoia and delusions.
Prosecutors, who rested their case Monday, contend Mr. Taylor knew what he was doing when he shot five white men on March 1, 2000, killing three of them. One man worked at Mr. Taylor's apartment building in the suburb Wilkinsburg, while the others were at two nearby fast-food restaurants.
Mr. Taylor could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.
In earlier testimony Monday, Patrice Papenmeier told how Mr. Taylor came into her office at the West Penn Center, grabbed her and a co-worker, and positioned them against a wall. Mr. Taylor said he had only one bullet left and asked them if they knew how many people he had just shot.
"Which one am I going to kill?" Miss Papenmeier said Mr. Taylor asked them, as he waved a revolver back and forth between their foreheads.
Miss Papenmeier said Mr. Taylor told another co-worker, a black woman, she could leave. It was only after Mr. Taylor closed himself in another room, telling the women, "When you open this door, I'll be dead" that Miss Papenmeier and the others ran, she said.
Instead of shooting himself, he held off police for several hours.
Pittsburgh police Sgt. John Fisher testified that Mr. Taylor said he wanted to kill himself because he didn't want his mother to see him spend the rest of his life in prison. Mr. Taylor also said he hated police, particularly white officers, because he felt they were out to frame blacks, Sgt. Fisher said. Mr. Taylor eventually surrendered.

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