The white supremacist who cops say traveled to New York City to kill a black man before fatally impaling a 66-year-old with a sword gave a startling jailhouse interview, and with it, a glimpse inside his dark mind.
One of the more notable — and stomach-turning — revelations came when James Jackson traveled from Baltimore with the intent of murdering a younger black man in what he envisioned as a way to protect white women.
"I didn’t know he was elderly," the 28-year-old told the New York Daily News. Instead, Jackson said he would have preferred to have killed "a young thug" or "a successful older black man with blondes... people you see in Midtown. These younger guys that put white girls on the wrong path."
Jackson said he chose Timothy Caughman, 66, at random and that he envisioned it as a practice run for what he hoped would become a spate of racist slayings to make a statement.
He said he hoped white women would say: "Well, if that guy feels so strongly about it, maybe I shouldn’t do it."
But after allegedly plunging an 18-inch blade into Caughman's chest in an unprovoked attack as the victim collected bottles in Manhattan, Jackson said he began to worry about how his actions might affect his family.
"I got depressed... I saw it was too late. It’s irreversible," he told the Daily News. "I didn’t want to put my family through any more pain."
Also revealed in the interview was Jackson's upbringing by liberals in the deep blue state of Maryland, where he even attended the prestigious Quaker school, Friends School of Baltimore.
"I guess it’s like anything — if something gets pushed on you too much, you reject it," he said.
Reject, though, is not a strong enough word for what police say Jackson did March 20 after taking a bus from Baltimore and checking into a Times Square hotel the Friday prior.
According to the NYPD, Jackson first followed one black man before becoming “spooked” and then turning his attention to Caughman.
Caughman was found still alive but later died at a hospital.
Mayor Bill de Blasio called the crime an "unspeakable human tragedy."
"This is an assault on what makes this the greatest city in the world: Our inclusiveness and our diversity," the mayor said. "Now it’s our collective responsibility to speak clearly and forcefully in the face of intolerance and violence — here or across the country. We are a safe city because we are inclusive. We are a nation of unrivaled strength because we are diverse. No act of violence can undermine who we are."
Jackson has been charged with murder as a hate crime and is being housed at Rikers Island prison, where he told his interviewer he believes he'll die at the hands of the predominantly black populace.
"I don't blame them, I’d feel the same if I were in their shoes," he said.