Brenton Tarrant, the Australian man behind today’s ghastly attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, reportedly made money from BitConnect investments.
49 people were confirmed dead by New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush as of press time.
The death toll could rise further as the shooting, believed to be the worst the country has witnessed in recent history, left many survivors seriously wounded.
An Unconfirmed Manifesto
A document claimed to be the manifesto of the Christchurch shooter surfaced online shortly after the attack.
Titled “The Great Replacement: Towards A New Society” the 73-page manifesto features various details regarding who Brenton Tarrant is and what prompted him to carry out the heinous attack.
Among other things, the document portrays Tarrant as an “ordinary White man, 28 years old” who was “born in Australia to a working class, low-income family.”
Tarrant, believed to have authored the so-called manifesto, also added that he never opted for higher education as he “had no great interest in anything offered in the University to study.”
Instead, he worked for a while and made some investments in BitConnect. The manifesto reads:
“I worked for a short time before making some money investing in BitConnect, then used the money from the investment to travel.”
For those out of the loop, BitConnect was an open-source cryptocurrency and a peer-to-peer payment protocol connected with the bitconnect.co, a platform claiming to be a high-yield investment program.
BitConnect found itself at the receiving end of US law enforcement after the Texas State Securities Board issued a cease-and-desist notice alleging that the company was operating a Ponzi Scheme.
The charges brought against BitConnect included failure to disclose earnings as mandated by the law and filing inaccurate/misleading statements.
On Jan 17, 2018, BitConnect was officially shut down, causing the price of the cryptocurrency to plummet over 90%.
Note that Blokt can not independently verify the authenticity of the document. Our editorial team has decided against covering the rest of the manifesto because of its distasteful and disturbing content.