[Guest post by DRJ]
The Austin American-Statesman profiles suicide pilot Joe Stack:
His father died of a heart attack when he was young, and his mother committed suicide.
Three of Joe’s four siblings were parceled out to relatives. The two oldest boys were raised at Pennsylvania’s famous Milton Hershey school. Joe Stack was a graduate of the Milton Hershey class of 1974.
After he graduated, Stack lived in Colorado, California, and finally Austin where he played in a band. His ex-wife and bandmates described him as a “good man.”
Stack was a loner. Many of his friends and family said they had lost contact with him, some for more than 15 years.
Saving money, especially taxes, became an obsession:
“Ducking taxes became another fixation for Stack, and he threw himself into a protracted struggle against the government over money he owed.
According to The Associated Press, in the 1980s, Joe Stack and his former wife, Ginger, formed a branch of the Universal Life Church Inc., which the IRS declared an illegal tax shelter. The Stacks then sued the U.S. government to defend the tax-exempt status of the “home church.”
He became further outraged by a 1986 tax code change that barred contract software engineers from certain deductions. “They could only have been more blunt if they would have came out and directly declared me a criminal and non-citizen slave,” Stack wrote in his manifesto.”
Stack’s ultimate obsession became his suicide plot.