Kyle Odom: Ted Cruz, Talking Heads, The Martians, and Mental Illness.


If you have been avoiding anything in the news even tangentially involving politics, well, I can’t blame you.

If that is the case, however, you missed the amazing story of a man whose cataclysmic loss of his grip on reality almost cost an Idaho pastor his life, and how it all started with the Talking Heads and Martians.

The story begins along two timelines. The first, the mundane timeline, starts when Tim Remington, pastor of the Altar Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, gave an invocation prayer for the Saturday, March 5th 2016 campaign rally for the presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz. The next day, he was shot multiple times. Pastor Remington was listed in stable condition on March 7th and his recovery is likely. The suspected shooter was 30 year old former U.S. Marine Kyle Odom.

Now, for the not-so-mundane timeline.

Kyle Odom was a severely mentally disturbed individual with an unfortunate admixture of military training, audible, visual and psycho-sexual delusions and hallucinations. All this would not be entirely clear, at least not before Odom’s apprehension outside the White House after two days on the run, if it had not been for his own writings, including his 21-page manifesto.

While on the run, after the shooting of Pastor Remington, Odom went on Facebook to state that he shot the pastor “12 times” (differing from the number of wounds the pastor sustained) and the motive. The motive was nothing to do with the Invocation Prayer for Sen. Cruz. The motive was that Pastor Remington, according to Odom, was a Martian and responsible for ruining his life.


Via Kyle Odom’s Facebook page

Kyle Odom’s issues with Martians started, according to his manifesto, when a ‘being’ contacted him during a meditation in 2014. An out-of-body experience led to the chance astral meeting, which was emotionally charged according to Odom.

Months went by, Odom entered a PhD program in Genetics at Baylor University. There, his ego apparently dwarfed his ambition and Odom decided to drop out of the program.

Soon after, every coincidence became significant and nefarious to Odom. A tingling feeling of the head during a airplane flight, a random text to visit the Alter Church, even an add for TracFone was imbued with importance. All these things led Odom to Remington, but Odom’s paranoia had yet to peak.

After visiting the church and receiving texts from Pastor Remington, Kyle Odom’s psychosis increased dramatically.

…I received the most unnatural erection I’ve ever had. It felt like someone was manually pumping blood into my penis. I don’t know how else to describe it. Immediately after that, a song began playing in my mind. The lyrics went: “Sister, Sister, he’s just a plaything. We wanna make him stay up all night.” I had never heard this song before and had no idea what it meant.

The song Odom was referencing, which I presume he had heard before, was ‘Stay Up Late’ by The Talking Heads.


More importantly, this was the moment when occasional paranoid delusions turned into a regular onslaught. The nonsensical ramblings that are to follow this episode in Odom’s manifesto describe the perceptions of a man detached from all reality, although he did not it that way.

As you can see, I am pretty smart. I’m also 100% sane, 0% crazy.

A voice told Odom he would ” …be sacrificed like Jesus and be beheaded.” and the image of Jesus recurs (partly due to the constant interaction with churchgoers, missionaries knocking on Odom’s door and, perhaps more so, due to Odom’s a growing messianic self-image), the voices coax Odom into darker terrain, but the smell of “reptile and vinegar” at The Alter church convinced him that the voices, and all his troubles, had an extraterrestrial origin.

The Martians, according to Odom’s account, alternated between psychological torture and sexual torture. Odom went to the VA hospital after a failed suicide attempt and was medicated but reports no change. Then back to The Alter where Pastor Remington reveals himself as an alien, according to Odom’s account.


Kyle Odom’s Martian drawing

The description of the ‘Martians’ follows an all-too-familiar pattern. ‘Hidden in plain sight’ with technology ‘millions of years more advanced’ than our own. Odom’s description fits the recurring theme consistent with David Icke’s ‘Annunaki’ cosmology/conspiracy, William Cooper’s book Behold a Pale Horse and bares a resemblance to the John Carpenter movie They Live.


The problem is, many who are susceptible to suggestion and prone to delusions and paranoia is that, unlike the protagonists of They Live, the ‘evil alien overlords’ are all in their heads. Kyle Odom’s actions were likely due, more than anything else, to some deep seated early trauma (with, perhaps, some psychotropic self-medication) and a lack of proper psychiatric evaluation and care.  In this case, it almost cost a man his life.

I hope for the sake of all involved that Kyle Odom is properly diagnosed and treated for his mental illness(es) and is able to give law enforcement and Humanity a proper insight into what led him to the state he was in.


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