LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before Elliot Rodger killed six people in a beachside California college community, the 22-year-old repeatedly talked online in videos about being sexually frustrated, alone and miserable.
Rodger’s family worried about him enough to call police about his videos on YouTube, saying they were alarmed by seeing him talk of suicide and killing people, family attorney Alan Shifman said Saturday. Three weeks later, Rodger stabbed three people at his apartment to death, gunned down two women outside a sorority and killed one more person outside a deli. Police believe he killed himself after a roving gunbattle with police.
“Tomorrow is the day of retribution,” Rodger said in a seven-minute video posted Friday, one of several videos dumped to YouTube over roughly two days. “The day in which I will have my revenge against humanity — against all of you.”
The video was taken down Saturday with a message saying it violated the site’s terms of service.
“You deserve to be annihilated — and I’ll give that to you,” Rodger said. “You never showed me any mercy, and so I will show you none. You forced me to suffer all my life, and now I’ll make you all suffer. I’ve waited a long time for this.”
Rodger detailed his plans in an extensive 141-page manifesto released Saturday and said he was nearly discovered by authorities who interviewed him after his family called police.
When recounting his thinking about whether he should kill his father, Rodger expressed a sliver of acknowledgment that his plot, which included killing other family members, was wrong.
“I didn’t want it to come to this,” Rodger said. “I desperately wanted a way out.” He then immediately talks about his mother giving him a new car — a BMW coupe.
In five other videos, Rodger mused about his life and circumstances, complaining girls wouldn’t give him a chance to date them and instead preferred “stupid and obnoxious” guys. He complained he had never had sex or even kissed a girl.
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