For half a decade, Jarrod Ramos’ anger poured out in court papers, tweets and email messages. He saw enemies. He wrote that he’d like to kill one of them. He suggested another kill herself. He created online images marking others out for sacrifice. Then, in 2016, it all stopped.
» According to “self-reported” details read at Ramos’ bail review hearing Friday, he has lived in Maryland most of his life, and for the last 17 years has resided at an apartment in Laurel. Ramos is single with no children.
» Ramos played chess competitively from 1999 until 2003, according to the U.S. Chess Federation. In 2003 he finished third in his division at the Maryland Open.
» Ramos graduated in 2006 from Capitol College — which is now called Capitol Technology University — with a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering. Ramos attended from fall of 1997 through the summer semester of 2006, according to Robert Herschbach, a university spokesman. Herschbach said he did not have any information about possible interruptions in Ramos’ education.
» Ramos had a feud with the Capital Gazette that stretched back at least six years. A July 2011 article covered a criminal harassment charge against him, and in 2012, he filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper and a columnist over the story. He brought the suit against then-columnist Eric Hartley, Capital Gazette Communications and Thomas Marquardt, the paper’s former editor and publisher. The Circuit Court for Prince George's County ultimately dismissed the case.
» Ramos railed against the Capital Gazette on social media. A Twitter page in Ramos’ name on Thursday featured Hartley’s picture as its avatar, and a banner image included photographs of Marquardt and Philip Merrill, the Capital’s previous owner. The account regularly commented on Anne Arundel County news and referred to a 2015 deadly shooting at the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. It had been dormant since January 2016 until 2:37 p.m. Thursday — moments before the shooting — when the account posted a message that read: “F--- you, leave me alone.” The page had been suspended as of Friday morning.
» Ramos was convicted of harassing a woman who successfully placed three restraining orders against him. He pleaded guilty to harassment, receiving a 90-day suspended sentence with 18 months probation. He was required to be evaluated and attend counseling for psychiatric or psychological treatment and to stay away from the woman and her family.
» At some point in 2017, Ramos legally bought the pump-action shotgun he’s accused of using in the killings. Neither the threats nor the harassment conviction were a barrier to purchasing the weapon.