The Mass Shootings at UC Santa Barbara campus in California on Friday night, 9.30 pm the 23rd May 2014
Elliot Oliver Robertson Rodger (born 24th July 1991) was a 22 year old socially maladjusted youth who subscribed to a number of pick up artist and ‘men’s rights’ accounts. A deeply lonely person who was born in the UK and grew up in Calabasas and the Woodland Hills in California, he wound up living in the San Fernando Valley in his twenties. He was bullied in school and had an obsession with Dungeons and Dragons. He began a long agonizing teenage years with little social contact and no relations with the opposite sex which grew to the level of a profound misogynistic obsession. Later on he acquired a BMW car a Sig Sauer P225 P6 9mm German Semi-Auto Carry Pistol, and three Glock 34 hand guns, all legally purchased. He had some contact with the police. Once when his family called the police when increasingly worried about his behaviour and the videos, and one memorable occasion he called the police, having performed a citizens arrest on a roommate for stealing candles. The room mate was later charged with petty theft. If this was any indicator as to his personality and social skills, it is little wonder why Eliot Roger was without friends.
There is also some indication that suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition which if not properly treated can inhibit ones ability to function in society, depending on the severity of the condition. His videos about his lonely life have all but disappeared off the web, why he feels women hate him so much, how being alone on spring break is an unspeakable agony, and why he would drive around and avoid areas where he would see couples together kissing or embracing, which would arouse intense feelings of anger and jealously. Despite saying this he also videoed couples kissing. So disturbing were his posted videos to his family that they went to the police fearing he might act out his rage and sense of personal injustice.
There are problems associated with the notion of future crime, as in one cant arrest someone because of an intent to break the law. However you can sit them down and interview them and see what their intentions and their state of mind is based on years of experience and investigative skills. You can also keep an eye on them. Rodgers’ family were terrifyingly correct in their predictions, despite the fact that seven police did turn up at their son’s apartment, took him outside and gently questioned his intentions – asking if he had suicidal thoughts. He was quiet and rational and convincing and assured them he was not suicidal, despite the fact that in the apartment carefully hidden were several guns, two of which he intended to kill himself with, machetes to hack people with, and hammers to smash in their brains with, along with a 144 page manifesto detailing his murderous and torturous intentions.
The flatmate Cheng Yuan Hong, 20 years old, whom Rogers previously arrested for stealing three candles worth $15, was later hacked to death with a machete, along with Weihan Wang, 20, of Fremont, George Chen, 19, of San Jose, in the apartment Rogers intended, as he wrote in his 144 page manifesto or autobiography to turn into his killing room cum torture chamber. I think he succeeded to some extent in his intention.
Generally speaking the autobiographies/manifestos of lonely psychotics are usually incredibly tedious inflated nonsense, and Rogers’ efforts do not disappoint this expectation. One would truly wish they would take a few classes in creative writing before they embark on writing lengthy monomaniacal tracts they are going to post mortem inflict on the police investigators and court systems. I say this especially because Roger, on his Google+ page, modestly describes himself not only as a philosopher but as a writer as well. “I consider myself a sophisticated, polite gentleman, unlike most boys my age. My father is of British descent, and my mother is of Asian descent, so that makes me Eurasian.”
Actually the only really well written manifesto that got wide publicity and made me think was the Unabomber’s manifesto. (I believe he has come out with another book since) . Rogers tended towards a slightly bombastic epic style, depicting himself as the lonely hero planning a day of retribution against a world that had wronged him horribly, that day of Retribution being May 24th 2014 wherein he would kill as many people as he could around Isla Vista, having first of all dispatched his housemates.
“After that, I will start luring people into my apartment, knock them out with a hammer, and slit their throats. I will torture some of the good looking people before I kill them, assuming that the good looking ones had the best sex lives.”
Not very polite nor gentlemanly. This he did not do, mercifully.
So Eliot Roger, having hacked and tortured and murdered his housemates, leaves his apartment and drives around and makes one last video.
“Hi, Elliot Rodger here. Well this is my last video. It all has to come
to this. Tomorrow is the day of retribution, the day in which I will
have my revenge 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. Girls gave their
affection and sex and love to other men, but never to me. I’m
22-years-old and still a virgin. I’ve never even kissed a girl. I’ve
been through college, for two and a half years, more than that
actually, and I’m still a virgin. It has been very torturous.”
Eliot Roger then goes on to say the following:
“I will take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one, the true alpha male. Yes, after I have annihilated every single girl in the sorority house, I’ll take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there. All those popular kids who live such lives of hedonistic pleasure while I’ve had to rot in loneliness all these years. They all look down upon me every time I tried to join them, they’ve all treated me like a mouse.”
Rogers, displays all the symptoms of paranoia, self aggrandizement, blaming the world for his ills, blinding himself mentally to any sense of personal responsibility. This worldview extended to thinking that the world and women in particular are ‘out to get him’ by denying him sex. There is never a moment when his delusional narrative slips, when he might for a moment think there is something in himself that is stopping him achieving a healthy life and a healthy sex life. His illness is fed more than anything by a misogynistic ideology, a view of women as ‘sluts’ and an object of sexual seduction and manipulation, which in turn demand from him that he be an ‘Alpha Male’ in order to be attractive to these creatures, hence the use of pickup artist websites and the filming of couples which in turn fed his revulsion and jealousy of happy couples.
As reported on countless channels and news sites , a deadly shooting happened near the UC Santa Barbara campus in California on Friday night, 9.30 pm the 23rd May 2014. The police confirmed the mass murder’s identity as 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, son of Hollywood producer Peter Rodger, assistant director on The Hunger Games movie franchise. Just before going out to embark on his mass shooting Eliot Roger emailed his 144 page manifesto to around 30 people, including his parents. They heard about the shootings on the radio.
Occupying the ground floor flat of the Capri apartment building about 500 metres from the Alpha Phi sorority building, Rogers left the flat at about 9.15. At about 9.27 the shootings began. Eliot Rogers attempted to get access to the Alph Phi building but failed. He intended to kill everyone in there. Instead he killed Katie Cooper, 22, Chino Hills, Veronika Weiss, 19, Westlake Village, Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, 20, San Luis Obispo, and then he killed himself. As well as the dead, he wounded 13 people, all of whom remain unidentified as yet.