I haven’t formulated an eloquent opinion on it yet, but this fascinates me. A few news sites have been following the story for some time.
Some years ago there was a house here in Waterloo, on Ridgeway Avenue a few blocks from where my parents lived, that the occupant had painted similar odd messages on. Some of them eerily similar to Benavides’s, others completely different. My sister Sarah originally pointed out the house to me. The only phrase on it that I recall now was “flying insect law.” It never grew into an incident of this kind of magnitude, however; I don’t think it even bore mention in the local paper. A couple times the messages were painted over, only to be replaced with new ones. It inspired me to write similar weird messages on my car in black marker, actually, as a sort of tribute.