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White House Suspect Fought MMA

In July, four months before he allegedly fired an assault rifle at the White House, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez made his debut as a mixed-martial-arts fighter in Idaho—and pummeled his opponent in an easy victory. A Monday New York Times profile offers a revealing glimpse into Ortega-Hernandez’s mind. The fight was a rare victory in an otherwise troubled life. Before his arrest, he had been acting increasingly strange, including a 45-minute speech on politics at his birthday party, and a video he made in September begging Oprah to book him because, he said, “I am the modern-day Jesus Christ.” One doctor tells the Times that Ortega-Hernandez appears to be “a textbook case” of schizophrenia.

November 21, 2011 6:42 AM