San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

February 19th, 2010
Pilot in Austin suicide had San Marcos tie

021810stackaJoe Stack. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Associate Editor

The man who flew a single-engine Piper-Cherokee aircraft into an Austin building that houses Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offices Thursday gave a San Marcos address when he registered the domain for his website,

Andrew Joseph Stack, 53, registered his site in 2003, giving 925 E. Hwy 80 in San Marcos as his physical address. The address is the location of a Hopkins Street strip mall east if Interstate-35 that includes Hastings Books, Twin Liquors, and Jason’s Deli, among other businesses.

Stack reportedly left the Georgetown Airport in his aircraft at approximately 9:40 a.m. Thursday, only to bulldoze into an Austin building which housed IRS offices.

Stack apparently left a suicide note on, detailing his frustration with his tax situation and saying that “desperate times call for desperate measures.”

Said the note, “If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, ‘Why did this have to happen?’ The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time.”

The embedded art website has since been taken offline “due to the sensitive nature of the events that transpired in Texas,” as the temporary landing page said.

The website redirects visitors to, where an archived version of the original letter is presented.

According to The Smoking Gun, Alex Melen, whose firm hosts Stack’s site, said Stack had paid his annual hosting fee with a credit card, and last year changed his address from San Marcos to North MoPac Expressway in Austin.

In a second link offered at the embedded art website, Melen said federal authorities requested to take down the site.

“As some of you might have heard, one of our customers ( is allegedly a participant in this morning’s incident in Texas,” Melen wrote. “… Due to the FBI request AND the high bandwidth/load usage, we wouldn’t be able to put the entire site back up. We did the next best thing though and are linking to the archived version at the smoking gun.”

Stack’s note details his anger with the IRS, the Catholic Church, and Wall Street, among others. The note ends with promise of dramatic action. The wreckage from Stack’s crash into the IRS building Thursday bolstered into flames that could be seen from miles away, according to Austin media, leaving several injured. Stack was presumed dead and one other person was missing.

“I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different,” Stack said in his note. “I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.”

Said a statement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, “We do not yet know the cause of the plane crash. At this time, we have no reason to believe there is a nexus to terrorist activity. We continue to gather more information, and are aware there is additional information about the pilot’s history.”

According to CNN, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell said the episode “is an isolated incident. The people of Austin, the people of the nation, are in no danger whatsoever.”

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