Another update, 6:35 p.m.: The FBI has confirmed Chamberlain has been taken into custody. News outlets are reporting that FBI agents went to the Mad Dog in the Fog bar in the Lower Haight earlier today and questioned bartenders; they believed he might have been drinking at bars in the neighborhood. His car was later found at Crissy Field where he was arrested this evening.
Update: Ryan Chamberlain posts an online addendum, claiming no wrongdoing. See end of article.
"...This is the end of the line for me," reads note from political operative turned FBI fugitive
We wrote earlier about Ryan Chamberlain, the San Francisco political operative now the subject of an FBI manhunt, after explosives were purportedly discovered in his apartment following a raid.
Today a long note appeared on Chamberlain's Facebook page. The timing was automated via "a Hootsuite delay ... I wasn't around to stop it from posting."
The note begins ominously: "You're reading this. That means we probably don't know each other anymore and I owe everyone an explanation."
Chamberlain is considered "armed and dangerous" by the FBI. His whereabouts are unknown and, none too surprisingly, he hasn't returned calls and messages from SF Weekly.
In his note, he claims he's been suffering from depression throughout his life. He has experienced "dark moments" including "getting left out of the Newsom win" -- Chamberlain served as a field manager in Gavin Newsom's successful mayoral run in 2003.
This mental state wasn't helped, he continues, by poor luck in love and a succession of "half-ass job(s) that didn't work out." As such "my mental state got more stressed and more panicked. ... When 2013 came, it did me in. I've been fighting and fighting to get out of it.
" But it wrecked me. And it led to what happened today."
Chamberlain outlines a monthslong period in which "everything that mattered to me betrayed me." He claims his mother became a "religious addict," awaiting the Rapture, and building an "Apocalypse bunker." Then a woman he tabbed "The One" didn't return his affections. Regarding his unrequited love, he penned "I know this sounds like the trivial heartbreak whine of a 16 year old but I can't help it. This one got in my psyche and wouldn't leave." And he accuses his "oldest friend" of betraying him when he was let go from a job at Project Sport, a local marketing company.
This Ryan Chamberlain thing is so weird; the FBI raided his apt @ 9am, and he nonchalantly tweeted this 4 hours later pic.twitter.com/k4eY7oWSRV-- Tracy Kennedy (@Tracy_Kennedy) June 2, 2014