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The investigation into the fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard amphibious assault ship has taken a very strange turn.
The leftist rag the Daily Beast is reporting the sailor accused of setting the fire is 20-year-old Ryan Sawyer Mays but they admit further into the article investigators appear to have no hard evidence proving his guilt, his DNA doesn't match with multiple DNA samples recovered at the scene of the crime and Mays insists he's being "set up."
From The Daily Beast:
Sailor Who 'Hated' Navy Torched $1.2B Assault Ship: Warrant
[...] Mays was identified by NCIS investigators after they interviewed some 177 sailors assigned to the Bonhomme Richard. One reported that he had seen a “light-skin male” in clean coveralls and a face mask carrying a metal bucket into the Lower V—the ship’s aft section—but didn’t recognize the person in question. But later, the sailor, named in the search warrant affidavit as Kenji Velasco, “did mention a sailor named Mays that ‘hates’ the U.S. Navy and the Fleet,” the filing states."I love the smell of napalm in the morning" is a meme from the movie Apocalypse Now.
"Investigators asked Mays about his Instagram post and he seemed to indicate that it was an homage to Apocalypse Now, the movie he had quoted," the warrant states.
The Daily Beast failed to point out he made that meme post on June 14, 2020, which is a month before the fire was set.
“According to Navy leadership, the morale and behavior of sailors who had aspired to become a SEAL, and then find themselves serving in a more traditional role on a Navy ship, are frequently very challenging,” the affidavit states.
Investigators also dug into Mays’ personal life and discovered several red flags. After telling investigators during an initial 10-hour interview that he’d recently separated from a female sailor upon discovering that she was pregnant and he was not the father, investigators “later learned this was mostly contradicted by the female sailor” in question, the warrant said.Mays waived his right to a lawyer and spoke with investigators for 10 hours. He maintained his innocence the entire time.
It was not clear if that series of events was thought to have pushed Mays toward the alleged arson. NCIS investigators seized Mays’ iPhone, searched his car and apartment, and swabbed his cheek for a DNA sample. So far, Mays’ DNA has not been a match for DNA found at the scene.No DNA evidence but recovered memories from another sailor and a meme line of text he himself posted publicly on Instagram?
The warrant laid out what may have been an elaborate conspiracy with a potential attempt to prevent the fire being put out by cutting a fire hose but Mays decided to tip everyone off to his future crime by posting a meme quote from Apocalypse Now a month earlier on his Instagram?
Mays consistently denied having anything to do with the fire over a 10-hour interrogation he volunteered to submit to and told the same story during a polygraph test he also volunteered to submit to but afterwards he just confessed to the crime out loud "while seemingly talking to himself" in the presence of two Master-at-Arms?
He was supposedly untruthful during his 10-hour interrogation because he and an ex-girlfriend had different stories about their relationship?
This stinks to high heaven.
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