The Austin serial bomber grew up in a quiet suburb of the city with his parents and three younger sisters. The suspect in the fatal bombing attacks was named on March 21 as Mark Anthony Conditt, 23. Conditt terrorized the city of Austin for 19 days as he sent bombs via packages to seemingly random address. Two people, Anthony Stephan House, 39, and Draylen Mason, 17, were killed during the rampage.
A neighbor of the Conditt family in the Austin suburb of Pflugerville told the Austin Statesman, “I know it’s a cliche but I just can’t imagine that.” That neighbor said that Conditt was a “nice kid from a great family.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. All of the Conditt Family Were Home Schooled
Mark Conditt’s mother, Danene, wrote on Facebook in February 2013 that she had graduated the suspect from high school. Danene added that her son had 30 hours of college credit. Danene wrote, “He’s thinking of taking soem time to figure out what he wants to do… maybe a mission trip. Thanks to everyone for your support over the years. In an online profile, Conditt’s sister mentioned that all of the children in the family were home schooled.
Conditt’s mother is from Saint Louis Park, Minnesota. On her Facebook page, Danene Conditt describes herself as being self-employed.
2. Conditt’s Father Is a IT Business Executive
According to his LinkedIn page, Conditt’s father, Patrick Conditt, is an account executive in Austin with IT solutions company Insight. That profile describes Patrick Conditt as being a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder. While Patrick writes, “Technically educated engineer with a passion for helping clients find the right solution. Distinguished by my phone skills and email communications. Strengths include leadership by example, team cooperateion and exceeding expectations.”
3. Conditt’s Sister Is a Gymnastic Teacher
Conditt’s sister is University of Texas student, Christina Conditt. Multiple posts on Christina Conditt’s Facebook page show her passion for gymnastics. Christina has a profile at Journey Gym. That bio says that Christina was a competitive gymnast for six years and that she lives in Pflugerville with parents, older brother and two younger sisters. Christina plans to join the National Guard as a medic.
Christina Conditt writes about her religious faith on Facebook saying, “Being a Christian Athlete doesn’t mean praying for your team to win. God doesn’t give an edge to those who pray over those who don’t. Hard work does that! Being a Christian Athlete means Competing for Christ. In a way in which you always give your all for Him win or loss. You thank him for the ability and opportunity to play. It means giving all the Glory to God, no matter the outcome.”
4. Patrick Conditt Bought His Son’s Home in 2017
The Austin Statesman reports that Mark Conditt had been living with two room mates in the Pflugerville-area. The newspaper adds in their report that the land where the home is was bought by Patrick Conditt in 2017 for $69,000. That report says that the suspect helped to build the home along with his father. The home is around the North Second Street area of Pflugerville.
5. No Motivations Has Been Made Public for Conditt’s Rampage
No motive has been made public about the motive for Conditt’s string of attacks. In a blog that became public after the suspect’s death, titled Defining My Stance. In the bio section of that site, Conditt write that he is “not politically inclined. I view myself as a conservative, but I don’t think I have enough information to defend my stance as well as it should be defended.” Blog posts