Student suspect posted video rant, wrote manifesto before rampage
The student who killed six people before taking his own life posted a video online in which he threatens the women who he felt had spurned him.
On Friday, in what local police called a “premeditated mass murder,” 22-year-old Elliot Rodger fatally stabbed three victims in his own apartment. He then drove through the town of Isla Vista near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he shot and killed three more: two women, 19-year-old Veronika Weiss and 22-year-old Katherine Cooper, and one male student, 20-year-old Christopher Michaels-Martinez.
At least 13 people were wounded during the shooting rampage, which took place from his car and on foot.
The authorities found three legally purchased semiautomatic guns in his car. More than 400 rounds of unused ammunition were also found.
The day before the attack, Rodger apparently posted a video on YouTube in which he sits in the driver’s seat of his car and details his plans for revenge. The message, entitled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution,” includes vehement language against women.
“Tomorrow is the day of retribution,” he said. “The day I will have my retribution against humanity. Against all of you. For the last eight years of my life, ever since I hit puberty, I’ve been forced to endure an existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires. All because girls have never been attracted to me. In those years I’ve had to rot in loneliness.”
In a lengthy written manifesto, Rodger wrote of a visit by police that may have thwarted his plot.
Less than a month prior to the shooting, police approached him about videos he had posted online that alarmed his mother, Reuters reports.
“I had the striking and devastating fear that someone had somehow discovered what I was planning to do, and reported me for it,” he wrote.
“If that was the case, the police would have searched my room, found all of my guns and weapons, along with my writings about what I plan to do with them. I would have been thrown in jail, denied of the chance to exact revenge on my enemies. I can’t imagine a hell darker than that. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, but it was so close.”
Elliot Rodger is the son of Peter Rodger, an assistant director on the 2012 film, “The Hunger Games.”
Speaking on behalf of the family, lawyer Alan Shifman read a statement to the press:
“We are experiencing the most inconceivable pain and our hearts go out to everyone involved,” he said.