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Police Confirm Dimebag's Murderer Was Dragged Off Damageplan Stage In Cincinnati

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John Futty of The Columbus Dispatch has issued the following report:

Nathan Gale was dragged off the stage at a DAMAGEPLAN concert in Cincinnati eight months before killing the band's lead guitarist and three others at a concert in Columbus.

Yesterday (April 12), Columbus police confirmed that Gale caused a disturbance on stage at Bogart's nightclub on April 5, 2004.

According to reports filed by Cincinnati police, Gale damaged lighting equipment during a struggle with security while DAMAGEPLAN performed about 12:30 a.m.

Officers who responded to a 911 call filed a report labeling the offense as criminal damaging/endangering, but no charges were filed. The band didn't seek charges, police said.

The incident seemed of little significance until Dec. 8, when Gale stormed the stage at Alrosa Villa in Columbus and fatally shot DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott before turning his 9 mm semiautomatic handgun on those who tried to intervene. A fan, a club employee and the band's security chief were killed and three others wounded before a Columbus police officer ended the rampage by killing Gale with a shotgun blast.

The manager of Alrosa Villa said yesterday that he is upset that no one alerted him to the Cincinnati incident.

"It makes me furious that that happened in Cincinnati and continued on at Alrosa," Rick Cautela said.

Sgt. Jeff Sacksteder, of the Columbus police homicide squad, said investigators might never know whether the incident in Cincinnati was linked to the shootings in Columbus.

"That's been theorized," he said. "There may have been a bridge, but the other part of this is what (Gale) was going through mentally."

Gale, a 25-year-old Marysville resident, told his mother and a former employer that he was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic before being discharged from the Marines in 2003.

Shortly after the shootings in Columbus, rumors began circulating among fans and on heavy-metal-music Web sites about a man who had caused a disturbance during DAMAGEPLAN's performance at Bogart's.

"From the get-go, there was suspicion that it was the same guy," said a band technician who witnessed the Bogart's incident and spoke on the condition that his name not be used. Members of the Dallas-based band and its management haven't commented since the Alrosa Villa shootings.

Cincinnati police provided reports about the Bogart's incident to The Dispatch five weeks ago but have declined to release the suspect's name while reviewing a department policy against identifying uncharged suspects.

Sacksteder said Cincinnati police identified Gale as the suspect for investigators in Columbus.

Heavy-metal fans who attended both concerts found themselves thinking back to the Bogart's incident in the hours after the Alrosa Villa shootings.

"It was almost like in December, where some big guy came flying out on stage," said Roger Caron, of Westerville.

Excited fans are known to climb onstage during heavy-metal shows but usually soon plunge back into the mob of fans in the mosh pit in front of the stage.

Gale was intent on staying on the stage at Bogart's, witnesses said, and resisted attempts by guards to remove him. He grabbed a stack of amplifiers on the left side of the stage and knocked down lights as guards tried to pull him away, causing $1,800 worth of damage.

"He latched onto the equipment because he didn't want to leave," the band technician said.

The band never missed a beat.

"They just kept playing while they watched," Caron said.

It was unclear whether the intruder meant to harm anyone.

"Whatever he was planning to do, he didn't get a chance to do," said Billy Clark, of New Carlisle. "The whole time I saw him, he was being subdued."

After the man was removed from the club and the song had ended, witnesses said lead singer Patrick Lachman commented on the incident.

"He said something like, ‘I'd like to introduce you to the fifth member of the (expletive) band,' " Clark recalled.

Bogart's security confiscated Gale's driver's license and turned it over to Cincinnati police.

Officer Mark Longworth, who responded to the disturbance, doesn't remember the suspect but said the band declined to press charges.

"They were from out of town and didn't want to come back to Cincinnati for court," he recalled. "It wasn't a major deal, and the band wasn't too concerned. They just wanted him gone."

Witnesses to both incidents couldn't positively identify Gale as the man onstage at Bogart's but described him as large and strong.

Gale was a 6-foot-5, 268-pound semipro football player. He was discharged from the Marines in October 2003, less than two years into a four-year stint. Military records appear to link the discharge to a weight problem and do not mention mental illness.

Gale was a longtime fan of PANTERA, a group that Darrell Abbott formed with his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, in 1982. The group had a No. 1 album in 1994 that was nominated for a Grammy. After PANTERA broke up, the Abbotts formed DAMAGEPLAN.

Former acquaintances said Gale told them that PANTERA had stolen songs from him.

Sacksteder said that members of the division's critical incident response team are still compiling information about the actions of Officer James D. Niggemeyer, who fatally shot Gale at Alrosa Villa, for the Franklin County prosecutor's office.

Prosecutors present to a grand jury all cases of lethal use of force by police.

Sacksteder said the case is the most complicated ever investigated by the response team because of the number of victims and witnesses at Alrosa Villa, where up to 400 people attended the concert.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. druid writes:

6ft 5", 265 pounds. That's been a big boy.
Considering the ambiguous motive for writing this article, still,
no one but him can be blamed for what happened.

# Apr 16, 2005 @ 12:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. brokenwings13 writes:

You have to be a big guy for football.

What Gale did still makes me sad to this day.

And the cop that shot Gale deserves a medal. Hopefully the Grand Jury doesn't do anything stupid with this case.

# Apr 16, 2005 @ 1:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Angelstears writes:

Pretty sad. The only thing I'd like to know is how Gale got into a venue with a weapon when everywhere nowadays I get frisked. Oh well what's done is done. RIP Dimebag

# Apr 16, 2005 @ 1:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. brokenwings13 writes:

You get frisked either because it's a large venue and a major band is playing in a metropolitan area(Like Dallas or D.C.) or it's because of this shooting. Alot has changed because of this concert-security wise.

Gale got in because there were no metal detectors at this venue, there aren't ones at alot of places.

# Apr 16, 2005 @ 2:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Plan2Damage writes:

BrokenWings...you are correct in saying that there are not too many venues that have metal detectors at the doors. But, I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvana...we get NO tour stops by anybody. Last good concert here was late December, and that was Stillborn Fest. All I had to do lift up my shirt and do a 360, and I was fine. They didnt even make me empty my pockets. I would assume that Hatebreed is assumed a 'major' band. Anyway, I would like to see security upped at EVERY venue, it would just make things a lot better, especially for a music community that just went through such a tragedy. RIP DIME

# Apr 16, 2005 @ 11:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. brokenwings13 writes:

I meant that it was a major band playing at a big arena. Yeah, the small shows don't have a lot of security, and that's a major problem.

# Apr 16, 2005 @ 11:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. deathbringer writes:

Gale got in because he entered a side door and did not go through the main entrance. A Metal detector does not neccessarily stop someone from entering with a gun, and usually security don't either when that gun is in their face. Everyone talks about security in light of this incident, but it really wasn't a security breakdown or anything that metal detectors or frisking will fix. It's not like he walked in with a gun and was waiting around for his chance to do something. He came in the side, went right on stage and shot Darrell. Any venue would be hard pressed to stop someone on a single-minded mission like that.

It is interesting that he had a previous run-in with Damageplan. But acting like it could have been stopped or predicted because of it is like saying 9/11 could have been stopped based on the after-the-fact analysis of facts.

RIP Darrell.

# Apr 16, 2005 @ 9:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. brokenwings13 writes:

I didn'thear that he got in a side door? Where did you hear that?

# Apr 16, 2005 @ 9:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. BLACKDOG writes:

It's crazy I was a bouncer for year's.Everytime the bar I worked at had a show we had atleast 2 guard's on every door atleast 1 of whome had a radio to call back-up if it was needed.Plus the event security team would be their aswell from the promoter's and some of those guy's would be packing heat depending on the act and the size of the venue thing's like that etc.I realize that in retrospect their really was not a whole hell of a lot that could have been done.I just hope the venues and the promoters(not alway's the same people) learn from this.In this day and age security is unbelievably important.

# Apr 16, 2005 @ 9:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Juggernaut Messiah 420 writes:

What has happened is very sad. GALE was a twisted person with severe mental problems to do something like this.no one could have foreseen or expected this.its lucky for GALE that he's dead.because he would not have been able to live a normal life after it was all over.im sure some dedicated pantera / damage plan fan would've taken him out somewhere along the line.in jail or on the streets.pantera had a very large following.me being one of thier biggest fans in baltimore i was completely stunned.the world has lost a true brother of metal .you will be missed.i got the chance to meet and party with pantera a couple of times. darrel was one of the most humble men i ever met in my life. he would give you the shirt off his back.i had alot of fun with pantera and will remember him forever.once again one of our metal brothers has fallen.and once again we strive to piece together what remaining memories we have. R . I . P . DIAMOND DIMEBAG DARRELL

# Apr 16, 2005 @ 10:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. deathbringer writes:

I heard the side door entry from many places, but we reported on it here as well. Granted there were some conflicting witness reports about other things, but I never heard anything contrary to this account as more details were being revealed.

http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=11008

# Apr 16, 2005 @ 11:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. brokenwings13 writes:

Ok, I see.

How did you get to make a link when I can't even use HTML in here? Don't answer that, I know, you're the webmaster, you can do whatever the hell you want.

# Apr 17, 2005 @ 12:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. dominate writes:

a 6ft 5 pu*** if you ask me.
R.I.P Dime
The world just isn't the same.

# Apr 17, 2005 @ 3:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Ken writes:

what a steroid freak p***y nathan gale was....

# Apr 17, 2005 @ 6:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. bigdave writes:

what can you do eh? whats done is done and all we can do is try to stop something like this happening again

RIP Dimebag Darrel

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 10:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. ozzyrulez writes:

nathan gale deserved to be shot!! im glad he was!!! RIP Dime

# Apr 27, 2005 @ 11:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. metalluv2 writes:

I was soo sad when he was killed! I wanted to find the guy who did it and kill him myself! He'll never be forgotten. EVER!!!

# Apr 27, 2005 @ 12:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Larry writes:

Dimebags dead get over it!!!!!!!!Pretty sad people still obsessing about it months later!!

# Apr 27, 2005 @ 2:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. ZerO writes:

obviously dime didnt have an impact on you as he did on the others hear. Look at cobain, people still idolize him, hes been dead for 11 years.

# Apr 27, 2005 @ 2:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. ZerO writes:

here***, sorry.lol

# Apr 27, 2005 @ 2:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. metal is the answer writes:

yeah, people still idolize jimi hendrix, he's been dead for over 30 years

# Apr 27, 2005 @ 2:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. dimes god writes:

hey larry , go suck a fat c***. Dime was a bad mother f***er! How bout i start obsessing with teabaggin your face, i heard your into that sh**. DIME ROCKED!!!

# May 1, 2005 @ 7:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. ozzyrulez writes:

Larry that was the wrong thing to say here you A$$HOLE!!!! go F#$K yourself!!!! Dime kicked A$$!!!!!

# May 2, 2005 @ 8:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. AaRoN writes:

I hope that mutha f***er that shot dimebag burns in hell. Dime was the best around next to Zakk Wylde and Randy Roads(RIP). And i agree , f*** you larry, Dime ruled and will be missed. RIP brotha dime

# May 2, 2005 @ 1:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. REESE writes:

FU** OFF LARRY, IT IS OBVIOUS YOUR NOT A TRUE FAN. SO WHY DON'T YOU GO FU#% YOUR MOTHER YOU LIL WINNY BIT$#. DIMEBAG WAS ONE OF THE BEST. THAT FU%^ EN A@@ HOLE SHOULD HAVE HIS BODY p***ed ON BY VINNIE ,SHOT, DRAGGED AROUND BY DOGS. RIP DIMEBAG, YOU WILL BE MISSED.

# May 11, 2005 @ 12:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Anthony writes:

It still upsets me to read about the whole thing. The other day I bought the Guitar World Tribute issue and that just brough it all back...what a huge f***ing loss this has been..."Rip In Peace" Dimebag.

# May 13, 2005 @ 7:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. brokenwings13 writes:

Yeah, the whole thing is still depressing after these months.

# May 13, 2005 @ 11:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. RUSS writes:

NATHANGALE IS ONE SICK F.U.C.K.

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