In August 2019, Ms Perry told police she believed Mr Warner was making bombs in the recreational vehicle parked outside his house on Bakertown Lane, and Mr Throckmorton told police Mr Warner was capable of making explosives. Officers attended his home but neither the Nashville Police nor the FBI conducted an investigation. A police and municipal review committee is now examining why.
Ms Perry, through attorneys, declined to comment.
Ms Deck, 44, first met Mr Warner several months later when he arrived at the South Nashville Waffle House where she worked. “The first time I met him, I just thought his cornbread wasn’t really baked in the middle and was a bit off,” she said.
She described two distinct sides to him.
There was the man who spent countless hours glued to his computer, immersing himself in eccentric intrigues.
But there was also the man who fixed the windshield wipers on his Nissan pickup truck, fixed his computer, footed the bill for dozens of other diners at Waffle House, and took his Yorkie, Bubba, for a walk in the park.
But when Ms Deck started dating Mr Warner’s two-bedroom duplex in the Antioch neighborhood of Nashville, he told her that no one had visited him for 20 years. His distrust of the government dated back to roughly the same time, as he subscribed to the 9/11 conspiracy theory that this was internal work rather than an al Qaeda terrorist attack.
It seems to Mrs Deck that he started on the path that led him to downtown Nashville at least 20 years ago. “He kept saying, ‘9/11 is what made me,’” she said.
Mr. Warner grew up in Nashville, attending local Catholic schools. He served two years in the Navy in the mid-1970s. He never mentioned his family except for a deceased brother, Ms. Deck said. Her mother and sister declined to be interviewed.