The gunman behind the deadly Dayton, Ohio, shooting this weekend was in a band that performed ‘hardcore’ music with lyrics depicting sexual violence, VICE News reports.
According to the report, Connor Betts sometimes performed vocals for a musical act called Menstrual Munchies, which reportedly had a small following in the midwest. The band was part of the “pornogrind” music scene, which is typically male-dominated and misogynistic in nature, with imagery of violence and death.
Jesse Creekbaum, who appears to be the act’s founder, told VICE News he has been removing the band’s recordings from the internet following the mass shooting. The 25-year-old said he has been receiving death threats because of his association with Betts, and does not want the music to inspire any more violent episodes.
“I took it all down. I’m trying to get everyone I know to take all of it down,” Creekbaum told VICE News. “I don’t want to be associated with it. I don’t want it blowing up. I don’t want him romanticized. I don’t want any of this romanticized. I want people to erase him from history.”
Creekbuam claimed that he performed under the name Menstrual Munchies as a joke and did not realize Betts took it seriously. VICE reports that some of the song titles are “Preeteen Daughter P***y Slaughter” and “6 Ways of Female Butchery.”
Betts fatally shot nine people, including his own sister, early Sunday morning before police fatally shot him. Authorities have not yet determined a motive for the mass shooting, the second within 24 hours in the United States this past weekend.
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[Feature image: Connor Betts/Facebook]