Update: Baker remains in the Walton County Jail awaiting his plea date set for April 21. His attorney, Buddy Gissendanner, said he plans to enter a written not-guilty plea at that time.
Most Deny Knowing Baker:
. Attorney Bart Fleet, said he didn't realize he'd met Baker until the Daily News called him recently to ask about the corporation. Fleet's office is listed as the registered agent for the ministry and had helped Baker file documents with the state.Fleet said he hasn't spoken to Baker since the fall of 2001."I'm probably a registered agent for thousands of corporations that we have set up over the past years," Fleet explained. "I don't remember anything about him other than this. We basically set up his corporation and filed his paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service."
. When Baker volunteered with the local Republican Party headquarters during the 2004 election campaign, other volunteers remembered that he traveled to Atlanta once a year to help with the Atlanta Fest Christian music festival. But festival organizers said there are so many volunteers that no one remembered Baker specifically.
. Cleaning Lady Remembers: Cheryl Rhoads cleans the town home directly across from where Baker lived. "He must have been sitting at his window, looking out all the time." She said it didn't matter if it was 6 a.m. or 2:30 p.m., Baker would ring the doorbell after she arrived at her job. "He wouldn't wait to be invited in. He would just come in when you opened the door." Rhoads said sometimes Baker would ask her how much she would charge to clean his home and sometimes he only wanted to talk about religion. He even gave her a copy of his book "Man's Perfection before God." Rhoads said she discarded the book because, although she is a Christian, the ideas were too extreme for her taste. On Amazon.com, Baker described his book as "my testimony of being a disciple of Jesus Christ, and by my covenant with God, walking in man's perfection before God."
"We had all decided he must be harmless," Rhoads said. "We were wrong."Rhoads said Baker seemed nice, but there was something about him she didn't trust."I told my neighbor and I told my son if anything ever happens to me when I am out cleaning, you go after this man," Rhoads said. "That's just the way he made me feel." Rhoads said Baker mentioned that he was trying to publish another book and expected to get more money from some source to buy a condominium on the beach. She said he asked her how much she would charge to clean up his old home because he planned to leave his birds there and not take them to his new home. "I thought that was strange," Rhoads said.
From the KeyBoardDetective:
Igor: He used to be my landlord for two summers (2003 and 2005) while I was there as a WAT (Work & Travel) student so I dare to say that I know him quite well. In general, Dannie has been a mentally ill person for a long time (it's not important for how long). His health has been deteriorating dramatically since 2003. While in 2003 he was still quite OK although I have seen dramatic mood swings and outbursts of agression mainly against weaker persons, usually girls in his house who were also WAT students. But it was much worse in 2005. Dannie was taking a lot of medications and sometimes he was absolutely out of his mind. He became more and more convinced that he has a direct contact with God in his third form of Holy Spirit. For some weird reason he had to find a scapegoat for his miserable life so he blamed my brother for erasing his "important emails". It was an absurdity and I tried to convince him that he would never do such a thing, there was no rational reason. But Dannie just made me speechless when he told me that "Holy Spirit told him that John (my brother) was the Evil in his house and he was the one who deleted his mailbox". I couldn't object to that. It was an irrational realm of on absolutely insane man. After this event my brother rather left his house...So, here I am offering you a brief picture of Dannie R. Baker (used to call him Dannie R. Boy), a self-proclaimed preacher who wrote a passionate book about his personal journey of perfection before God which ended with shooting 2 innocent people. And I am not even talking about his dreams to marry some young Russian women. Dannie is a sick and pitiful man.
I would never expect him to kill someone. I would not consider him as an anti-imigrant radical or some xenophobic extremist. His life is just a miserable story of a man who never really had a woman and never really worked. He has suffered enormously from an inferiority complex and feeling of absolute uselesness. Although it might sound absurd to you, I think his killing was a desperate act of a man who wanted to be useful. I think he wanted to say that he is ready to bring sacrifices (in other words to be useful) in order to defend his beloved country from (mainly Hispanic) immigrants. He wasn't very intelligent so I assume that he just didn't have a clue about the difference between Chilean exchange students and Mexican immigrants.So, it has to be considered as an desperate act of a man possessed by an inferiority complex and not a murder fuled by some ideology of hatred.
Dannie Baker, the murderer, convinced by the ANTI Immigration extremists that "illegal immigrants" are evil. His claim to fame for his "useless life" was "protecting his beloved country from mainly Hispanic immigrants." How many weak-minded desperate people listen to the hate-filled rhetoric of the ANTI Immigration Reform extremists? How many read their websites? How many more will be desperate for attention and act out their aggressions? We have seen the results of their actions against so many innocent Latino victims.
Examples: These FIVE Hate Crime Murders occurred in the last six months--
1. Marcelo Lucero, American Citizen from Ecuador, murderered for being "Mexican" by high school students naming themselves the Caucasian Crew: Nov. 2008
2. Luis Ramirez, Mexican National, murdered by high school students screaming"Go Back to Mexico", Aug. 2008
3. Jose Sucuzhanay, American Citizen from Ecuador, murdered by 2 young men screaming "Mexican, Gay", December 2008
4. Racine Balbontin-Aragondona, Nicolas Corp-Torres, Chilean Students, murdered by Minister "saving U.S. from illegal Immigrants" Feb. 2009.