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UNDER THE GUN

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In late September Duran transferred $6,000 worth of debt from one of the couple's joint credit-card accounts to a second account his wife used. When Ingrid found out and confronted him, Duran told her she'd soon have "a lot of money coming in" from "whatever he was going to do," Ingrid says.

On Friday, September 30, Duran told his wife that he was going to buy some targets. He never returned home. Even though Ingrid had gotten used to him leaving for several days, this disappearance was somehow different. She filed a missing persons report the next day.

Over the next few weeks, Ingrid Duran spoke to several people about her husband's disappearance. At first she seemed unconcerned, they say, but later she began talking about the fact that he'd taken his guns and ammunition and about how she'd found a letter to him from a militia group. (Ingrid now denies finding such a letter.)

Ingrid said her husband had told her he "wanted to make history." She told co-workers she was worried that he was thinking about an assassination attempt, and added that she was "scared." They advised her to notify authorities. According to Gutierrez, Ingrid later called the FBI and "left a message on their machine" but never heard back from the agency.

By mid-October she was receiving credit-card bills indicating that Duran had been in San Antonio. She says she thought he might be visiting "an old Army buddy" named Frank Martinez there.

San Antonio is also the headquarters for the Texas Constitutional Militia. The group is led by Bill Utterback, who was reportedly an anonymous guest on Baker's KVOR talk show two weeks ago.

Although Ingrid Duran initially denied having any contact with her husband after September 30, she now confirms that he called her from the road sometime before the White House shooting. He "wanted to be in the history books," Ingrid says he again told her.

According to Gutierrez, Duran told his wife that he planned "to make a statement" by shooting at the White House and "even getting killed."

"Look, I feel strongly about what I'm doing," Gutierrez says Duran told Ingrid. "I want you to raise Alex the best you can." Duran said he'd planned his action for Alex's birthday.

"That was October 18," Gutierrez says. "He was late."

On October 29 Francisco Duran reportedly shot 29 bullets at the White House, missing the man he apparently mistook for Clinton but leaving a huge gash in the wall and narrowly missing Chelsea Clinton's bedroom window.

In his truck, investigators found a map with the words "Kill the prez" scrawled on it, along with a four-page note written by Duran that mentioned the possibility of killing Clinton. Another note found on Duran after the shooting discussed the distribution of his property should his death be imminent.

Property seized from Duran's truck included a shotgun, a gun magazine, a gun bag, shotgun shells, twenty-round boxes of ammunition for the SKS semi-automatic rifle, a shoulder holster, a gun-cleaning kit and four used targets. There were also two dozen Atrophine injectors (syringes filled with doses of medication that soldiers use to combat poison gas) as well as two units of an unknown drug, campaign gear, compressed fuel packets, rope, tools, a fishing rod, medic shears, a machete, a knife sharpener, a mix of new-age music tapes, occult literature and porno magazines, thirty-one tapes, eight CDs, twelve books, four newspapers, nine magazines and a stuffed animal.

Meanwhile, back in Colorado Springs, Ingrid Duran was telling friends, "Money talks, bullshit walks" and demanding between $5,000 to $50,000 for her story. She now says she wanted to be paid because Duran ran up debts of over $10,000. (Although no media outlet has yet shelled out for an interview, Ingrid recently told her husband's lawyer that Duran had promised she'd be "debt-free.")

Ingrid reportedly dodged her first interview with the FBI, scheduled for October 31, by going home early. But agents caught up with the reluctant witness the next day at the clinic where she worked. "Oh crap! They're here," she said to someone she was speaking with on the phone when the agents walked in at 5 p.m.

Ingrid was in the conference room with the agents for three hours. During that interview, the agents pressed her about phone and credit-card bills. She left the interview extremely rattled, sources say, upset that the FBI had been able to get copies of her bills.

Duran's cellular-phone records show that he loaned his phone for a time in October to a Stephen Dykes of Colorado Springs. Gutierrez says he thinks Dykes traveled with Duran at least as far as Texas.

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