KILLEEN, Texas — The Army psychiatrist who authorities say killed 13 people and wounded 29 others at the Fort Hood Army Base Thursday frequented a local strip club and visited it shortly before the rampage, employees of the club told FoxNews.com.
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan visited the Starz strip club at least three times in the past month, the club's general manager, Matthew Jones, told FoxNews.com.
"The last time he was here, I remember checking his military ID at the door, and he paid his $15 cover and stayed for six or seven hours," Jones, 37, said.
Hasan's behavior is eerily reminiscent of the 9/11 hijackers, who frequented casinos and bars in the South Florida area shortly before they boarded the planes that were used to destroy the World Trade Center. Hasan has been frequently described as a devout Muslim who had difficulty finding a wife who would wear a head scarf and would pray five times a day.
The strip club, Starz, is located just down the road from the main gate entrance to the Fort Hood Base. It does not serve alcohol, Fox reported, but customers bring their own beer and liquor and buy ice buckets and mixers at the club.
Hasan sat at a table in the back corner of the club, to the left of the stage on which strippers dance around a pole, employees told Fox News.
Jennifer Jenner, who works at Starz using the stage name Paige, said Hasan bought a lap dance from her two nights in a row. She said he paid $50 for a dance lasting three songs in one of the club's private rooms on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.
"I remembered his face because it was the first lap dance I [gave] to a customer while working here," she said. "When I saw his face [Friday] on TV, I jumped out of bed, I knew it was him."
"He preferred the blondes," said Jenner, whose hair was dyed blond at the time. "He said he was a medic and that he was being deployed soon, but mostly he wanted to ask us questions."
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