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Death of QAnon follower in Capitol leaves awakening of pain

Rosanne Boyland was worried about her family for months with strange thoughts she picked up on the internet. Actor Tom Hanks may have died, she said. A national furniture chain. Was trafficking children. Many of the prominent Democrats were pedophiles. And in early January, she emailed her sister that she was heading to Washington, DC with a friend to support President Donald Trump and protest what was happening in the country. “I’m going to DC,” she wrote. “I don’t know all of DEET yet.” Boyland, 34, was out of five who couldn’t get home from the January 6 protest. I was alone. The protests on January 6 broke out in a riot, with hundreds of people rushing to the Capitol. Due to her death, her family had never voted until 2020, after Boyland waved the “Don’t trample me” flag in a crowd of enthusiastic supporters of the former president. , Struggling to understand how to understand before climbing the stairs. Parliament Building to her death. Signing up for the New York Times morning newsletter Last week, their dissatisfaction was further compounded by the Senate Republicans blocking efforts to establish an independent committee to investigate the origin and treatment of attacks on the Capitol. Boyland’s sister, Ronna Cave, said in a text message after the vote: A few months before the rally, Boyland sent a message to friends and relatives, with links to a long video about the fantastic theory she came to accept as a fact. Many false allegations have flowed out of QAnon. QAnon is a Trump-backed conspiracy theoretic movement that has grown in popularity during his presidency, with many Democrats and celebrities in the global pedophile circle. Facilitated the idea of ​​being part. According to a poll last week, Americans believe. Many of their supporters mistakenly believe that President Joe Biden stole the election, with some supporting Trump on January 6th. Attended the rally. Boyland’s sudden obsession surprised her family and friends so much that some asked her to stop talking about politics, or to stop talking at all. However, some of her close friends believe that Boyland was an unprotected target for conspirators. According to her family, after undergoing drug rehabilitation, she returned to her parents’ home and avoided most of the drugs for several years, but the isolation brought about by the pandemic made it difficult. I did. They said QAnon helped distract her from the idea of ​​returning to drugs, despite filling the void in her life and acting as another type of hallucinogen. Sister Blair Boyland “I was worried that she might be doing addiction in exchange for another addiction.” Sure, she didn’t seem to be taking drugs, but she was very I’m crazy about watching all these YouTube videos online and digging into the rabbit hole. ”The family is also having a hard time understanding how she died. From the chaotic siege footage, it seems that he was caught in a mob and died. However, an autopsy by the Washington Autopsy Department found no evidence of trampling and concluded that he had overdose amphetamines. According to her family, amphetamines in her body may have been taken at least twice the prescribed dose, but it is likely that she is the only adderall she took on a daily prescription. “We can rest just to know what happened,” Cave said. “This is a mess. We just want to be sad in the usual way.” Conspiracy theory Descent to Boyland was banned from voting because he had been convicted of possessing a felony drug for many years, but had little interest in politics until 2020. Early on, she was planning to vote for Trump. Records show that she registered for voting on October 3, one month before the election. “She was so happy that she was able to vote,” recalled Boyland’s friend Stephen Marsh, 36. She was very excited and said she called his mother. “She was very excited because it was difficult to attend because of her past.” However, her immersiveness in the QAnon community increased, and by that time some of her close friends were alienated. After a long text message and screenshots from Boyland on October 3, my childhood friend Sydney Binson said, “I care about you, but I won’t talk for a while. I think it’s better. “The government claimed to have manipulated the press. “Don’t send anything more political.” Boyland grew up in the middle of three sisters in Kennesaw, Georgia, a city with a population of 34,000, about 25 miles northwest of Atlanta. She and her sister have been on good terms since childhood, and her sister said she was inspired by Boyland’s claims and self-confidence. Even then, she tended to prefer conspiracy theories, but extraterrestrial life forms. The sisters said they were devoted to harmless conspiracy theories, such as the existence of Bigfoot and Bigfoot, but when she was 16, she began dating an abusive boyfriend and her life changed. Her sister said. She blamed her black eyes for her soccer practice and had returned home with an unexplained shoulder injury. At that time, she was also addicted to opioids. She eventually dropped out of high school and her family relationship became tense. In 2009, when she was 23, she was charged with possession of a felony drug. Several incidents continued, the latest in April 2013, and probation for the next five years was handed down. It was in July 2014 that I learned that my sister Cave was pregnant and vowed to be a better role model for her niece. “I’ve always said I can’t wait to be a cool aunt,” said Cave, who gave birth to her eldest daughter in March 2015. She currently has two daughters, 5 and 6 years old. Stay close to them and often take them to school to record the milestones of their lives. She spent a lot of time attending group meetings and counseling other people suffering from drugs. At some point she wanted to be a counselor herself. However, when the pandemic occurred, she had to spend most of her time alone at her parents’ home, and the face-to-face group meeting was cancelled. She told her sisters that she was often urged to resume drug use. “She was really struggling,” said Blair Boyland. “She tried a Zoom meeting but didn’t get anything. She felt out of control.” Her friends said she was posting about conspiracy theories and Trump. I started to notice. Soon she was sending an email about Pizzagate. This is a conspiracy theory that includes false allegations that the Democrats have trafficked children in the basement of a pizzeria in Washington. “I watched almost everything on YouTube,” Boyland told his childhood friend Vinson in a text message. Her most attention was the false allegations that QAnon members were trafficking in Democratic children. Vinson said it was the slogan of “Save the Children” that was used to spread the word. “She was very concerned about her children,” Vinson said. “I thought she was fighting for the kids in her own way and trying to spread rumors about the underground pedophile circle and all of this. QAnon really believes these things. I think I had this way to do it. ”At around 8:30 pm on January 5, Boyland started a 10-hour drive to Washington with his friend Justin Winchel. They parked in Virginia, took a bus to the city, and saw Mr. Trump at a rally. Mr. Trump offended the crowd with unfounded allegations that his election defeat was tampered with. If we don’t fight like that, there is no country anymore, “Trump told the crowd. Boyland, along with many other protesters, headed down the street to the Houses of Parliament. Chaotic Siege Boyland was barely visible at first in footage of crowds climbing the capital stairs. A short figure wearing a black hoodie and American flag sunglasses. She disappeared into a mob in a tunnel that the president used when he appeared for his inauguration. It was some of the most brutal hand-to-hand combat scenes of the day, and the video showed a mob crushing police officers between the doors, warning the crowd that it could be dangerously crowded. A few minutes later, after being pushed by the police and the crowd fell out of the tunnel, she was seen lying down, after which two men dragged her out of the door and tried to revive her. It seems to have been trampled. But then the medical examiner was confused because she concluded that she had died of “acute amphetamine poisoning” and was convinced that her family had not recurred due to substance abuse. She was under the doctor’s prescription. They were taking Adderall on a regular basis and had no side effects, they said. Several forensic pathologists and toxicologists who reviewed the death report said in an interview that amphetamine levels in her blood. Said that it was probably from Adderall. Former chief toxicologist at the San Diego County Quarantine Station, Ian McIntyre, said this level was at the same time she took a dose of 30 milligrams daily. McIntyre said it could be consistent with what he did. In addition to the noisy scenes, heart disease, and obesity, large amounts of amphetamines could have been enough to stop her heart. The day after Boyland’s death, Cave’s husband Justin told reporters that Trump “incited a riot that killed four of his biggest fans last night.” Then there was a brutal message to the family from all sides, including those who were happy that Boyland died and those who were furious at Justin Cave’s comments. Before Boyland went deep into conspiracy theory, they were wondering what they missed and how they could help Boland. “That’s part of why I feel guilty because none of us thought much about it when she started the investigation,” said Lonna Cave. “I understand she was in a place she shouldn’t be, but without all the false alarms she wouldn’t be here.” This article was originally published in The New York Times. .. © 2021 The New York Times Company

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