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WASECA PLOT: Police interview with John LaDue released

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On Tuesday, the police interview of 17-year-old John LaDue was released -- and in it, the teen made several admissions about the number of casualties he hoped for in an attack on his Waseca school.


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Police say LaDue not only laid out his plans in an 180-page notebook, but he told investigators he planned on killing his family before moving to attack his school.

"Sometime before the end of the school year, my plan was to take a recycling bin from the school and take one of the pressure cookers I made and put it in the hallway and blow it up during passing time," LaDue can be heard explaining on the recording released by police.

The teen's plan was derailed when 2 women noticed suspicious activity at his rented storage unit and called police. Inside, investigators found enough chemicals to make devastating homemade bombs. In the interview with officers after his arrest, LaDue admitted he took some inspiration from the Boston Marathon bombing.

"My intentions then, when people were fleeing, would detonate while people were fleeing -- just like the Boston bombings -- and blow them up too," LaDue said. "Then, my plan was to enter and throw Molotov cocktails and pipe bombs and destroy everyone, and when the SWAT comes, I would destroy myself."

On Tuesday, police released images from LaDue's video camera that show what appear to be the teen testing homemade explosives. During his interview with investigators, LaDue said he hoped as many as 20 casualties would be claimed as a result of his plans.

"I thought 3 casualties was pretty lame," LaDue said on the recording. "I wanted 15 with the first bomb and maybe 5 with the second."

LaDue is currently undergoing a psychological evaluation to determine if he should be tried as an adult. He faces multiple counts of attempted first-degree murder, possessing explosive or incendiary devices, and criminal damage to property in the juvenile court system for the plot, which he told police he'd been crafting for about a year when they questioned him on April 29.

"Before that day, I was planning to dispose of my family too," LaDue said. When officers asked why, and what his family had done, LaDue replied: "They did nothing wrong; I just wanted as many victims as possible."

Although prosecutors recently leveled charges against 3 others in the case, LaDue was clear in the interview that they only knew he had the materials to make bombs and did not know why.

"No one knew at all," LaDue said. "No one knew I had plans on any of this stuff."

In the nearly 5-hour interview, the teen alluded to a vast knowledge of how to make bombs and described how he made, or planned to make, them, and how he tested them around town. He also explicitly denied that his plan was a way to strike back at childhood tormentors.

"First off, I was not bullied at all," LaDue told police. "I don't think I've been bullied in my life. I have good parents. I live in a good town. I think I'm just mentally ill and nobody has noticed and I've been trying to hide it."

LaDue is staying at a juvenile detention facility in Red Wing, Minn., while the legal proceedings continue.

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