Beto’s Prep School Yearbook Did Not Refer To Him as ‘Beto’

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Robert Francis O’Rourke was identified by his given name, not by his invented Latino-sounding nickname, in his yearbook at the expensive Woodberry Forrest prep school in Virginia.

O’Rourke’s yearbook poem identifying himself as “the angry son” is characteristic of his other youthful writings, including an extended murder fantasy in which he inhabited the character of a serial killer. In that fantasy, he imagined killing “nearly 38 people” by his 23rd birthday — an oddly specific number.