de Grood's Facebook account; Via Facebook

22-year old Matthew de Grood is accused of walking into a house party near the University of Calgary in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, where he purportedly stabbed to death five kids in their 20s to death before getting chased down by Calgary police, attacked by their K-9 unit and taken into custody. 

Another inexplicably random act of voilence destroying another piece of your faith in humanity, right? But here’s the cryptic part – de Grood posted the title of Megadeth’s 2001 song “Dread and the Fugitive Mind” – which is also the refrain – followed by the title of the album it dropped on, The World Needs a Hero to his Facebook page – account since deleted – hours before the incident.

It could be completely arbitrary. Or it could not. What are the levels of cryptic lyric premeditation between scrawling “Helter Skelter” in blood on someone’s fridge at the scene of a crime vs. clicking “post” on the internet machine’s most popular site in 11px Lucida Grande?

Of course the real forever question is whether or not some soulless suit will be able to hold artists accountable for the crazy shit people do with art that’s not theirs. People are twisted either way. Ask another man who calls himself Manson.

In de Grood’s case, if the post does have anything to do with a motivation to stab a bunch of people, one Canadian journalist, Martin Popoff, who’s interviewed Megadeth’s lyricist Dave Mustaine on several occasions, is making a point of how misconstrued a violent interpretation would be (via the Calgary Herald):

“This lyric seems to be about positing whether there’s a heaven or a hell. And if you do bad deeds are you going to be punished or is there indeed any judgment whatsoever? So if someone was to understand what Megadeth basically says in the composite, it’s basically a very moral message.”

And now the song, the lyrics for “Dread and the Fugitive Mind” and The World Needs a Hero‘s cover art for you to ponder:

 

 

Let me introduce myself I’m a social disease

I’ve come for your wealth leave you on your knees

No time for feeling sorry, I got here on my own

I won’t ask for mercy, I choose to walk alone

What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine too

If you shake my hand better count your fingers

What if I do get caught? What if there is no judgment?

If I’m right I lose nothing, if you’re right I lose it all

I ought to get caught because I’m doing something wicked

I’m guilty haunted by my fear and the only consequences

Are Dread and the Fugitive Mind

You built walls to protect you so no one will infect you

Pursued by those out there that vanish in thin air

Come a long way to find what you really left behind

You don’t know when the end is but it’s coming fast

What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine too

If you shake my hand better count your fingers

What if I do get caught? What if there is no judgment?

If I’m right I lose nothing, if you’re right I lose it all

I ought to get caught because I’m doing something wicked

I’m guilty haunted by my fear and the only consequences

Are Dread and the Fugitive Mind