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Suspect in US college shootout blamed aloof women

world Updated: May 25, 2014 23:13 IST
HT Correspondent
Elliot Rodger


In a video recorded hours before a California college student went on a killing spree that left six people dead, he spoke of sexual frustration and rejection by girls.

The murders, he said in the video and a 141-page manifesto detailing his reasons for the mass shooting, were in retribution for being turned down by women, and mocked by others.

The man, who was identified by the police as Elliot Rodger, 22, Saturday night, died of a self-inflicted wound in the head at the end of his murderous rampage, the police said.

The police described the tragedy as the work of a “mad man”, much like Newtown school massacre and Aurora cinema shootings.

Rodger’s parents — father Peter Rodger was an assistant director on The Hunger Games crew — had reported him to the police after coming across one such rant.

“Tomorrow is the day of retribution the day in which I will have my revenge against humanity,” Rodger said on a YouTube video recording titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution”.

“Ever since I hit puberty, I have been forced to endure an existence of loneliness, of rejection and of unfulfilled desire. All because girls have never been attracted to me…I am 22 years old and I am still a virgin. I have never even kissed a girl. I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one, the true alpha male,” he said on the video.

Police officers who interviewed him, acting on his parent’s complaint, have said they found him polite and courteous, and took no further action. That was on April 30.

Three weeks later he began his retribution. Police found three men stabbed to death in his apartment in Isla Vista neighborhood of Santa Barbara. Rodger then drove around shooting from his car.