By Bobby Ross Jr. | GetReligion
For residents of Austin, Texas, weeks of terror ended Wednesday when Mark Conditt — identified as the serial bomber responsible for killing two people and badly wounding four others — blew himself up.
As reporters began delving into the 23-year-old Conditt’s background, religious details — some more concrete than others — quickly emerged.
My thanks to GetReligion reader Deann Alford, a Texas-based journalist and author, who alerted us to crucial facts in an Austin American-Statesman story. The key: The religious questions linked to this story are valid hooks to investigate — right now. But authorities say they see no clues, so far, to motives in these acts.
The Austin newspaper interviewed Jeremiah Jensen, 24, who was homeschooled in the same community as Conditt:
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All of my GetReligion columns (March 2018):
• White evangelical women reportedly tiptoeing away from Trump, but big questions remain. Published March 12.
• Friday Five: March Madness miracle, faith at the movies, newspaper layoffs and more. Published March 16.
• Key figure in Brown v. Board of Education case dies, and yes, there’s a faith angle. Published March 27.
• (Good) Friday Five: #MLK50, #ChurchToo, Sheep Among Wolves and, um, ‘Chris is risen?’ Published March 30.