The autopsy of Omar Mateen, the Orlando terrorist that slaughtered 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, was HIV-negative and a long-term steroid user according to his autopsy. Investigators have been scouring over the details of his life in an attempt to discover what caused his deadly rampage. It has been established that he was a home-grown radicalized Muslim. An HIV-positive man came forwarding claiming that he had unprotected sex with Mateen. Many doubted the validity of his claim, the latest findings further solidify these doubts. Investigators are unsure whether or not Mateen’s extended steroid use had any influence on the attack.
The Spanish-language television network Univision aired a report in which “Miguel,” a man wearing a disguise to conceal his identity, alleged that he had sex with Mateen after meeting him on a gay dating app Grindr. Miguel claimed Mateen had sex with several other men. He stated that Mateen was involved in a threesome with a Puerto Rican man who allegedly told Mateen, after having had unprotected sex with him, that he was HIV-positive. Authorities speculated that contracting the disease may have prompted a “revenge” style attack on the gay nightclub. This narrative has since been by Mateens HIV-negative status.
The autopsy also found that the 29-year-old’s body showed changes that are consistent with long-term steroid use. They will conduct further testing to confirm the findings but believe they are accurate. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that prolonged steroid use can cause increased irritability and aggression. Steroid users will often commit uncharacteristic acts of violence and will often commit violent crimes such as armed robbery, theft, assault and battery, or burglary.
Police are unsure whether Mateen’s steroid use had any influence on his decision to carry out the attack at this time. A spokeswoman for the Orange County, FL medical examiner declined to comment on the preliminary findings. FBI spokeswoman Carol Cratty also declined to comment on the findings.