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Dimebag Killer's Mother Talks About Her Son - Video Available

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Columbus, Ohio television station WCMH has posted an exclusive video interview with the mother of the man who gunned down former PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and three others during a concert last week. You can watch the video at this location.

According to the Associated Press, Mary Clark told WCMH on Wednesday (Dec. 15) that her son, Nathan Gale, was released from the Marines in 2003 after the military diagnosed the disorder. Gale's rampage last week ended when an officer shot him to death.

Clark, who asked the station not to show her face on camera, also said she bought the 9 mm semiautomatic handgun used in the shooting for her son, before he was diagnosed, because she was proud of his military service.

"I'll never, never be able to live that part down," she said.

Gale, 25, of Marysville, charged the stage at a show by Abbott's new band, DAMAGEPLAN, on Dec. 8 at the Alrosa Villa nightclub. He shot and killed four people, including Abbott, before police officer James D. Niggemeyer shot him to death.

Clark said Niggemeyer had no choice.

"I give that man credit," Clark said. "You'll never know how many lives he saved."

Two others were wounded in the attack, including tour manager Chris Paluska, who was released from the hospital Thursday.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. deathbringer writes:

It really puts a twist on the whole thing and the way one might feel toward Nathan Gale. He wasn't just a crazed, obsessed fan, but he was really sick and had little grasp on reality while unmedicated. If he hadn't been shot dead, there would be even more of a mess as people try to grapple with his defense that would hold him not accountable for his actions and surely make an insanity plea.

It's got to be hard enough for a mother to lose her son, but to make such admissions is nothing short of courageous.

# Dec 17, 2004 @ 2:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. That cop is a hero writes:

If he didn't get shot-dead, he would have died in jail, and that's a fact.

# Dec 17, 2004 @ 5:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. brokenwings13 writes:

yes, but why did he land in an institution like most mental patients do when they are kicked out of the armed forces for being crazy?

i agree with deathbringer, she was very brave to make a statement like that.

somehow, if Gale lived, i think he would have been represented by Mark Geragos.

# Dec 17, 2004 @ 5:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. ac666 writes:

I have to respect the woman's honesty, but why the f*** wasn't her son already locked up since it seems that everyone who knew him already knew he was a complete basketcase? Either way, four innocent people are dead, and for leaving that gun with her mentally unbalanced son she will bear that burden for the rest of her life.

# Dec 17, 2004 @ 6:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. monarch writes:

No excuse...if your son is deemed unstable and you let him keep the firearm the burden lies with you.
Ignorance is not an excuse!!!!

# Dec 17, 2004 @ 9:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. mark capestro writes:

i agree w/ the ignorance comment. dont feel sorry for this woman. this is the baggage that one receives when a close relative does something verrrrrry stupid!! each one of us would go thru it. p*ss on her naive thinking and tunnel vision -------"my son wont do that-------he is a good kid-----he was military he would not do something like that-----" well lady he did and now good people are gone because of it. typical dumb b****!! NEVER let dime's name die. NOW THAT WOULD BE THE TRAGEDY!!!!!

# Dec 17, 2004 @ 11:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. sex writes:

the mother trys to make the f***en shooter seem like a victim.

# Dec 18, 2004 @ 4:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. druid writes:

bullsh**, she thanks the officer who shot her son before more people were killed on the interview
respect that! and only some dude at a tattoo shop appears to have picked up that the guy was unstable. i believe she was unaware and do not blame her in any way. after all i respect the fact that to her the tragedy was losing her son

# Dec 18, 2004 @ 6:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Creeping-Death writes:

she said "I give the man credit ,You'll never know how many lives he saved" ..imagine how hard that would be to say..pretty much congratulate the guy who killed her own son. and for your comment mark capestro.. "dont feel sorry for this woman. this is the baggage that one receives when a close relative does something verrrrrry stupid!! each one of us would go thru it." so are you saying that its your mothers fault if you go nuts and kill someone and taht people should blame her and not reall sorry for her?? and if you have kids or a close family member of yours loses it and goes and kills people that you should be blamed and knowone should feel sorry for u?? thats just stupid..you can't hold someone accountable for someone elses actions..nathan gale was a f***ing piece of sh** and deserves to burn in hell for f***ing eternity.. f*** YOU NATHA GALE YOU PIECE OF fa**ot f***ING sh**!!!
R.I.P Dimebag Darrel rock in heaven my brother \m/ \m/

# Dec 18, 2004 @ 12:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. sex writes:

this is to DRUID-
dont be so emo

# Dec 18, 2004 @ 2:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. brokenwings13 writes:

yeah, at least she said that about the cop who killed him, she could have been bitter about it, but whe wasn't.

# Dec 18, 2004 @ 3:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. death comes with a glass of water writes:

she didn't grab the gun and kill those kids and dimebag, mayhem... she's sorry and who are we to judge her....

# Dec 18, 2004 @ 4:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Max writes:

Dime was one hell of a guy. His guitar skills and genious writing were indeed legendary. I've been a huge fan of his since I met him and Pantera when they opened up for skid row in the early 90's. He talked to me like I was a long time friend, never letting the fact he was a great musician get to his head. Thats what Im gonna miss the most, he was an awesome soul!! That kind of talent and level headed outgoing personality is very very rare. My thoughts go out to Vinnie and the rest of his family including the Damageplan members. I hope they stay together because their cd is getting a lot of play in my stereo.

# Dec 18, 2004 @ 5:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Max writes:

oops, wrong board, my apologies

Its too bad that fcker Nathan went out as fast as he did; I'd like to see him die a slow cruel death for what he did.

Dime didnt deserve that, that is not the way he should have went out. At least he was doing what he loved most when he died though. I hope he didnt feel any pain

# Dec 18, 2004 @ 5:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. brokenwings13 writes:

the dead never feel pain, it's always the living that feels it.

# Dec 18, 2004 @ 6:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. todd writes:

we love you dime bag R.I.P. bro.

# Dec 18, 2004 @ 11:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. todd writes:

we love you dime bag R.I.P. bro.

# Dec 18, 2004 @ 11:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. LIve On Dimebag writes:

The mother states she gives the officer credit for shooting her son, sounds like she is releaved that her son is gone. She probably had problems with him and couldnt handle him, now that he is gone she is releaved. Nathan Gale got off too easy, but knowing the justice system he probably wouldnt have served a day in prison if he had lived. Dimebag we love you, Keep his music alive..................\m/ \m/

# Dec 19, 2004 @ 1:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Anselmo writes:

No blame should be attached to anyone apart from the guy who decided to load the gun and go on a killing spree. Lets face it he got his punishment with a Shotgun blast to his f***ing skull. I personally would have hoped that the cop knee capped the bastard and chucked him to the crowd at the gig.

# Dec 20, 2004 @ 12:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. brokenwings13 writes:

yeah, but even though this happened and is over, she still has to live with the fact that her son was a class-A psychopath and that he killed four people.

# Dec 20, 2004 @ 5:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Anselmo writes:

Well maybe someone should do her a favour and put a shotgun blast in her head aswell. Problem solved. Period.

# Dec 20, 2004 @ 8:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. relentless austin writes:

What the hell kind of mother gives her son a 9 mm as a gift?
Is that legal? I guess that wouldn't make any difference anyway.
We certainly can't live without our guns, or question the Second Amendment.

ONLY IN AMERICA!!!!

# Dec 20, 2004 @ 9:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. murf writes:

long live dime bag, viva la dimebag.
f*** that nathan kid he deserved to die.
He RUINED METAL because of that. RIP DIMEBAG

# Dec 22, 2004 @ 11:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Mike writes:

Don't use Dime's death as a means of venting your anti-gun viewpoints.

Anyway, RIP Dime :(


"What the hell kind of mother gives her son a 9 mm as a gift?
Is that legal? I guess that wouldn't make any difference anyway.
We certainly can't live without our guns, or question the Second Amendment.

ONLY IN AMERICA!!!!"


# Jan 1, 2005 @ 11:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. brokenwings13 writes:

I got a gun for Xmas, but i'm not going to go out and shoot anyone.

# Jan 2, 2005 @ 1:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. SANTA writes:

I DONT REMEMBER LEAVING A GUN AT YOUR HOUSE. A TRAIN SET , YES , BUT NOT A GUN!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Jan 2, 2005 @ 2:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. liz writes:

Santa that was great

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