Death of Nashville Christmas bomber’s father fueled 5G conspiracy theory

Nashville bomber Anthony Quinn Warner hoped he would be ‘hailed a hero’ for the Christmas attack, a source told DailyMail.com

Nashville bomber Anthony Quinn Warner hoped he would be ‘hailed a hero’ for the Christmas attack, a source told DailyMail.com

Nashville bomber Anthony Quinn Warner hoped he would be ‘hailed a hero’ for targeting AT&T because he believed 5G cellular technology was killing people, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

The 63-year-old computer tech – who died in the suspected suicide blast but was identified Sunday from DNA found in his mangled RV – was ‘heavily into conspiracy theories’, according to a source close to the investigation.

Various baseless theories have circulated since the lightning-fast 5G network was introduced, some claiming it’s a tool to spy on Americans, others speculating that it has fueled the spread of COVID-19.

Electronic devices seized from Warner’s former home in Antioch, a suburb of Nashville, have been sent to a digital forensics laboratory to unlock his online activity and find out where he discussed his warped views.

‘We are waiting on the digital footprint that should finally provide us with some answers,’ the source explained.

‘The unofficial motive thus far is the suspect believed 5G was the root of all deaths in the region and he’d be hailed a hero.’ 

Warner appeared to target the AT&T transmission building in Nashville (above). His father worked at BellSouth, later acquired by AT&T, before his death in 2006 of dementia

Warner appeared to target the AT&T transmission building in Nashville (above). His father worked at BellSouth, later acquired by AT&T, before his death in 2006 of dementia

AT&T workers are seen installing a 5G antenna in San Diego last year. Warner believed that 5G was responsible for countless deaths, according to a source close to the investigation

AT&T workers are seen installing a 5G antenna in San Diego last year. Warner believed that 5G was responsible for countless deaths, according to a source close to the investigation

Electronic devices seized from Warner’s former home (above) in Antioch, a suburb of Nashville, have been sent to a digital forensics laboratory to unlock his online activity

Electronic devices seized from Warner’s former home (above) in Antioch, a suburb of Nashville, have been sent to a digital forensics laboratory to unlock his online activity

Agents are also investigating whether Quinn’s paranoia over telecommunications began with the death of his father Charles B. Warner in July 2011, aged 78.

A death certificate obtained by DailyMail.com notes that Charles, nicknamed Popeye, died of dementia after spending his career working for BellSouth, a former AT&T subsidiary which re-merged with the company in 2006.

Charles B. 'Popeye' Warner died in 2006 at the age of 78

Charles B. ‘Popeye’ Warner died in 2006 at the age of 78

We can further reveal how members of the Warner family were involved in an ugly dispute over property that became so bitter that Anthony Warner was sued by his own mom.

According to Davidson County court records, Warner’s 62-year-old brother, Steven Warner, died in September 2018, without leaving a will.

Their mother, Betty Lane, who divorced Charles years before his death, argued that the former family home that had passed from Charles to Steven should legally belong to her.

But she says in her lawsuit that Anthony, acting as ‘attorney-in-fact’ fraudulently claimed the $250,000 home for himself in an August 2018 quitclaim deed transfer.

Lifelong bachelor Anthony then mysteriously gave it to a 29-year-old, Los Angeles-based, woman named Michelle Swing, whose links to him are unclear.

Betty Christine Lane, the mother of Nashville bomber Anthony Warner, was seen on Sunday for the first time since the Christmas Day attack. She sued him in 2019 over a property dispute

Betty Christine Lane, the mother of Nashville bomber Anthony Warner, was seen on Sunday for the first time since the Christmas Day attack. She sued him in 2019 over a property dispute

Anthony Warner claimed possession of the family home where his mother lives (above) in 2018 and then transferred the deed to California woman Michelle Swing, who ended the dispute by transferring ownership back to his elderly mother Christine Lane

Anthony Warner claimed possession of the family home where his mother lives (above) in 2018 and then transferred the deed to California woman Michelle Swing, who ended the dispute by transferring ownership back to his elderly mother Christine Lane  

Michelle Swing, 29, was given two homes by Warner, whose ties to her are unclear

Swing now lives in California

Lifelong bachelor Anthony Warner  mysteriously gave his family’s home to 29-year-old, Los Angeles-based woman Michelle Swing (above), whose ties to Warner are unclear

The mother-son suit appeared to have been resolved by November of this year, however, when Swing used the same transfer process to give the three-bed, single story property back to Lane, who is still residing there today.

What we know about the bombing 

  • Cops responded to reports of shots fired in downtown Nashville at about 6am Friday and encountered an RV broadcasting a warning that a bomb will go off in 15 minutes   
  • Explosion erupted outside the AT&T building at about 6.40am, injuring three people, damaging dozens of structures and sparking widespread WiFi and cell phone outages across Tennessee and Kentucky
  • Police identified Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, as a person of interest after FBI agents were seen swarming a home linked to him in Antioch
  • The FBI is reportedly investigating claims that Warner was paranoid about 5G being used to spy on Americans, which could explain why the blast went off outside the AT&T building
  • DNA confirmed Warner died in the blast, and the FBI says he acted alone 

When DailyMail.com asked the 85-year-old Lane on Sunday about her son Anthony Warner she said she could ‘not talk about it’.

The retiree also posted signs in her yard warning she would call the cops if anyone trespassed on her driveway.

On Sunday afternoon, Lane was being comforted by her 59-year-old daughter Teresa Wardrop, who told DailyMail.com: ‘We are not going to speak to you.’

Lane’s February 2019 lawsuit says the rift began when Anthony took it upon himself to administer Steven’s affairs after he died without a will. 

Lane’s lawsuit states that on August 27, 2018, Anthony Warner, acting with power of attorney, transferred his mother’s interest in the family home into his own name. 

The transfer ‘resulted in a personal financial gain for [Anthony] Warner’ – who paid the ‘wholly inadequate’ price of $10, according to the court papers.

That was despite tax appraisers valuing the house at $196,000 and property website Zillow estimating its worth at $223,519 at the time. More recently, the property has been estimated to be worth $249,100.

‘When defendant signed the quit claim deed deeding the real property to himself, this was an act of self-interest and as such, violated his duty to act in the best interest of his brother,’ the lawsuit adds.

At a February 2019 circuit court hearing, a judge ruled that Lane was in fact the appropriate person to control Steven’s estate.

Swing gave the property back to the elderly grandmother-of-one on August 7.

When DailyMail.com reached out to Swing on Sunday to confirm details of what happened in the property dispute she declined to answer. 

Swing also failed to respond to questions over what sort of relationship, if any, she or her family had ever had with Anthony Warner. 

The two properties are located just a 15 minute drive from the street in downtown Nashville where the bomb exploded

The two properties are located just a 15 minute drive from the street in downtown Nashville where the bomb exploded

The RV used in the bombing was normally parked in this fenced-off area next to Warner's duplex in Antioch, a Nashville suburb

The RV used in the bombing was normally parked in this fenced-off area next to Warner’s duplex in Antioch, a Nashville suburb

The home was festooned with security cameras and 'no trespassing' signs, particularly in the area where Warner kept the RV parked

The home was festooned with security cameras and ‘no trespassing’ signs, particularly in the area where Warner kept the RV parked

A 'no trespassing' sign also adorned the front door of Warner's duplex

A ‘no trespassing’ sign also adorned the front door of Warner’s duplex

Spotlights and motion sensors were also clustered around the area where he kept the RV

Spotlights and motion sensors were also clustered around the area where he kept the RV

Warner was often spotted fiddling in his yard with odd antennas, including this one behind his house, which appears to be a ClearStream HD digital television antenna

Warner was often spotted fiddling in his yard with odd antennas, including this one behind his house, which appears to be a ClearStream HD digital television antenna

DailyMail.com revealed Saturday that Warner also passed on his primary address to Swing for nothing a month before launching his bomb plot in downtown Nashville.

Swing, who has family in Knoxville and studied business and marketing at the University of Tennessee, told us she knew nothing about the acquisition despite being involved in the earlier property transfer.

Bizarrely, her cell phone number is scribbled on a note currently pinned to the back door of the neatly-kept duplex, a 15-minute drive south of central Nashville.

Warner was quickly identified as the prime suspect after the FBI received more than 500 tips, including from people who had spotted an RV identical to the one used in the bombing parked up outside his house.

Officials are ‘looking at any and all possible motive’, FBI Special Agent Doug Korneski told reporters Sunday, without revealing more.

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