Authorities currently believe that 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner was responsible for the Friday morning explosion in downtown Nashville that injured three people and reportedly killed Warner, but have yet to zero in on a potential motive. As they search for clues and connections, investigators reportedly discovered that Warner signed over two homes he owned to a Los Angeles entertainment executive.
As the Daily Mail reports, Warner used quitclaim deeds to transfer ownership of two houses in the Nashville neighborhood of Antioch to 29-year-old downtown L.A resident Michelle Swing, an artist development director at AEG Presents. On Saturday, Swing told the Daily Mail she was unaware of houses—a $160,000 property deeded to her in January 2019, and one worth $249,999 transferred to her on November 25—saying, “In the state of Tennessee you can deed property to someone else without their consent or their signature or anything,” she said. “I didn’t even buy the house. He just deeded it over to me without my knowledge. So this all very weird to me, that’s about all I can say.”
UK tabloid The Sun has reported that it’s aware of an odd letter that Warner sent to Swing in November. The Sun says the letter was provided to the FBI by Swing, but the publication doesn’t explain how it became privy to the contents of the letter.
‘The attic has plywood and lighting, take a look,” Warner reportedly wrote, referencing one of the houses he gave to Swing. He then warned, “The basement is not normal, take a look. Woof woof Julio.”
Both houses are less than a 15 minute drive from the blast site.
Warner also reportedly wrote that he “intended to travel on Christmas Eve to spend a few weeks in the woods with his dogs.”
Swing—a graduate of the University of Tennessee, according to the local NBC affiliate—says she had spoken to Warner a week before Thanksgiving and that she has only met him in person once, but declined to discuss what connection they share, saying, “I’ve been told to direct everything else to FBI.”
Swing was a marketing coordinator for Nashville’s AC Entertainment agency—which handles the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival—from May 2011 to May 2012, and then worked as an executive for several ticketing agencies in San Francisco until she went to work for AEG in Los Angeles in October 2018.
According to the Associated Press, Warner had also recently given a car away to a person he knew, claiming that he’d been diagnosed with cancer. A neighbor also told the AP that a cryptic comment may have hinted toward the Christmas plot: “Oh, yeah, Nashville and the world is never going to forget me,” the neighbor claims Warner said.
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