The Nashville Bombing: An Alternative to the Narrative

On Christmas morning, an RV drove through the streets of Nashville near the city center. It blared through the neighborhood a warning of an imminent explosion. It warned people to leave the area immediately.

The Nashville Police have identified a 63 year old man, Anthony Quinn Warner, as the leading suspect in this case. The explosion happened outside of an AT&T facility that houses some of the infrastructure for the Nashville area. They say that evidence shows he died in the explosion. They say he was driving the van as it was blaring its warning to the quiet early morning streets of downtown Nashville.

This is a sensible narrative, although the police have not identified a motive yet. Perhaps, Mr. Warner had a beef with AT&T; an unresolved bill, poor customer service. Perhaps he ran out of mobile data. Maybe an ex-lover worked in the building. We just don’t know. And it’s because we don’t know that I can let my imagination run a bit wild.

Before I paint a picture of possible events, I’ll be the first to acknowledge that I’ve seen too many movies with plot lines like The Shooter with Mark Wahlberg. They say art imitates life, but perhaps life can also imitate art. Did Mr. Warner write his own script to imitate a common movie plot line?

Apparently, Mr. Warner was an IT guy of some sort. Everyone he interacts with agrees he is a nice guy, polite. He frequently gives to those begging for money at the street corners along his drives. He has donated money and food to the local food back, although anonymously. He is a bit of a loner, though, and prone to latching on to conspiracy theories. The theory at the center of this event was the danger of 5G to human biology and that 5G is implicated in the virility of COVID-19.

One day, probably just after the COVID-19 pandemic started but before Tennessee and Nashville started restricting retail businesses, Mr. Warner met some folks who were of like mind. 5G towers and technology had to be destroyed for the good of the people of Nashville. These folks fed into Mr. Warner’s beliefs, it was like having sweet nothings whispered into a lover’s ear. Mr. Warner was smitten.

His new compatriots, perhaps over a few drinks at a local pub, hatched a plan to destroy a huge swath of 5G technology. They would blow up the AT&T building that housed much of the networks and technology running the 5G towers in the area.

The plan maybe worked like this: the partners in this scheme suggested they could get some bomb material. Perhaps they could load a vehicle with the bomb material and park it outside of the AT&T building and on an otherwise slow news day, like Christmas Day, they would ignite the bomb.

Mr. Warner liked the idea, but he is generally a man opposed to harming innocent people, so he insists on warning people in the vicinity to evacuate so they are not hurt. His partners agree. They help him rig up a speaker system in an RV.

The plan is for Mr. Warner and his partners to load the RV with explosives. In order to reduce the potential loss of innocent lives, Mr. Warner will drive the RV through the part of Nashville in the immediate vicinity of the target. Mr. Warner would park the RV at the target location and his co-conspirators would whisk him away in a get-away car before the RV is detonated remotely.

The plan also involves a possibility to escape. A friend of his partners has a place in California where he can hide out. It’s a cabin deep in the woods near Big Bear Lake. The cabin is stocked with months of supplies. He should be able to hide out there until the heat subsides. In exchange, he should transfer the deed to his house to their friend supplying the cabin. Mr. Warner agrees.

Mr. Warner is a bit old school. He is predictable, he is concerned about others. He gives notice to his employer to give them time to find his replacement. His co-conspirators disapprove, but eventually consent.

So on the morning of Christmas Day, Mr. Warner heads out into downtown Nashville in an RV packed with explosives. He approaches the future blast zone, and begins playing the warning message for people to leave the area. A few police officers in the area hear the audio coming from the RV and immediately work to help people in the area get out. Mr. Warner, meanwhile is reassured as he passes by the escape vehicle near Church and 3rd. He continues to drive through streets with the warning audio blaring out for another 15 minutes. After an agreed upon amount of time, Mr. Warner parks the vehicle outside the AT&T facility. His ride should arrive momentarily. Meanwhile he has what he thinks is the detonator in hand. He is in control of when the explosion will happen. But where is his escape? It is at this moment, the RV explodes. Mr. Warner is consumed in the explosion. The escape vehicle, a rental, is cruising south along Interstate 24, the Super 8 Motel sliding by along the right, the Gap Band playing over the car’s stereo.