Goodbye note attributed to Ryan Chamberlain, man wanted by FBI, posted online 

Update 10:30 a.m.: Ryan Chamberlain has posted an update from his social media accounts. "A panicked update to my letter that should have posted by now. Nothing they're reporting is true. No 'stashes.' Not 'armed and dangerous.' No 'car rigged to explode.' I explored some ugly websites, a year-ish ago," he writes.

Ryan Chamberlain, a 42-year-old San Francisco man who is sought by authorities after an FBI raid of his apartment on Saturday allegedly revealed explosives, appears to have posted a goodbye note on iCloud.

An iCloud user with the username Ryan Chamberlain writes that the letter was posted on a Hootsuite delay, "and now it's live, which means I wasn't around to stop it from posting."

In the letter, the iCloud user writes about experiencing depression after struggling with political campaigns and relationships. Chamberlain is a political consultant.

Recently, the writer states, "I explored myriad ways I could put an end to what I was going through. I binge-watched dark TV, sometimes didn't get off the couch for days, and scoured the Internet absorbing fuel for morbid fantasies. Some of that activity seemed to attracted the attention of some visitors today...who have made it rather evident that this is the end of the line for me."

Neither the FBI nor Chamberlain returned requests for comment about the authenticity of the letter.

Those who worked with Chamberlain were shocked to learn he is the subject of a major FBI manhunt.

San Francisco Board of Education Vice President Emily Murase, who hired Chamberlain to be her campaign manager when she unsuccessfully ran for the board in 2008, said there was nothing unusual about his behavior.

“He was perfectly professional,” Murase said. “He spoke with volunteers and did outreach, [what a] normal campaign manager would do.”

Chamberlain was referred to Murase by campaign consultants after he reportedly worked on Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s then-mayoral campaign, she said.

The last time she heard from Chamberlain was in 2010, when he wrote her an email congratulating her on winning a seat on the Board of Education. Murase said she used a different campaign manager for that election in part because Chamberlain wasn’t available, but not because she was unhappy with his work.

“I was a first-time candidate so I had no point of reference, [but] he worked hard and I had no real issues,” Murase said.

Like others, Murase was saddened and surprised when she heard of the FBI search for Chamberlain.

“I was just shocked and speechless,” she said. “It’s a terrible situation.”

Ryan Chamberlain letter

Laura Dudnick

Bio:
Laura Dudnick, a Bay Area native, covers education and planning for The San Francisco Examiner. She previously worked as a senior local editor for Patch.com, and as the San Mateo County bureau reporter and weekend editor for Bay City News Service.
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