Friends Didn't See Pilot's Passion for IRS Feud

By: AP Staff
By: AP Staff

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Those who knew Joseph Stack say they had no clues of his rage at the federal government and especially the IRS.

They learned of it Thursday after Stack flew a small plane into an Austin, Texas, office building where nearly 200 IRS employees work, killing himself, a worker and injuring more than a dozen others.

They knew Stack as a fellow country rocker and band mate who recorded with them in Austin. They say they recall a quiet father who visited Norway every year to visit his daughter and grandchildren. And they say they never heard Stack talk about politics, about taxes or about the government.

Stack's former wife, Ginger, tells the Los Angeles Times "He was a good man. Frustrated with the IRS, yes, but a good man."

Michael Cerza, who played with Stack in The Billy Eli Band, says he doesn't know "what to base his madness on." Cerza says "It must have been lurking beneath the surface."

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