The Twitter Life of Caitie Parker

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Jan. 8 2011 6:06 PM

The Twitter Life of Caitie Parker

A musician who knew Laughner in high school starts tweeting about it . Witness the speed of news in the Twitter era.

5:09: Saying Jared Laughner was the gunman. Really hoping that's not the same guy I went to HS with, really good friend. Freaking out right now!!!

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5:09: Official I went to high school & college, & was in a band w/ the gunman. I can't even fathom this right now.  

5:32: He was a political radical & met Giffords once before in '07, asked her a question & he told me she was "stupid & unintelligent"

5:34 he was a pot head & into rock like Hendrix,The Doors, Anti-Flag. I haven't seen him in person since '07 in a sign language class

5:36 As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy.

5:40 he had a lot of friends until he got alcohol poisoning in '06, & dropped out of school. Mainly loner very philosophical.

6:09 This is a circus. Good Morning America just called me.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.