Manifesto Reveals Twisted Thinking of Santa Barbara Mass Murderer
(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) -- A 137-page memoir details the jealousy and anger felt by Elliot Rodger before police say the 22-year-old man killed six people in a furious rampage Friday that ended near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
According to authorities, Rodger first stabbed to death his three roommates, Cheng Yuan Hong, 20; George Chen, 19; and Weihan Wang, 20, at his Isla Vista home before going on a shooting spree in which three other students were killed. Rodger than took his own life.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said that on the basis of the manifesto that Rodger left behind titled "My Twisted World," the killer "was very mentally disturbed."
Rodger wrote, "All I ever wanted was to fit in and live a happy life amongst humanity, but I was cast out and rejected, forced to endure an existence of loneliness and insignificance, all because the females of the human species were incapable of seeing the value in me."
In the manifesto, Rodger described police visiting him after he uploaded several videos to YouTube, which have since been taken down. A member of his family had asked police to check on him because of alarm over his behavior and videos.
"As soon as I saw those cops, the biggest fear I had ever felt in my life overcame me," he wrote. "I had the striking and devastating fear that someone had somehow discovered what I was planning to do, and reported me for it."
In a YouTube video titled "Elliot Rodger's Retribution" that he posted before the killing spree began, Rodger sat in the driver's seat of a car as he promised "retribution" and discussed his "loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires."
"Girls gave their affection and sex and love to other men but never to me," he said in the video, which he added would be his last.
At the end of Rodger’s text, he wrote he felt like a victim after experiencing so much loneliness and rejection growing up.
“I am the true victim in all of this. I am the good guy,” wrote Rodger. “Humanity struck at me first by condemning me to experience so much suffering…I wasn’t the one who struck first…But I will finish it by striking back. I will punish everyone."
After stabbing his roommates to death, Rodger drove his BMW with his legally owned and registered guns to the Alpha Phi sorority house near the UC Santa Barbara campus and after knocking on the door to no answer, went across the street and sprayed the house with bullets, killing Katherine Cooper, 22, and Veronika Weiss, 19, and wounding another female.
Rodger next drove to a deli where he gunned down UC Santa Barbara student Christopher Martinez. Rodger then drove his car around town, randomly shooting at people before he slammed into another vehicle. At that point, he took his own life.
Police later identified Rodger as the shooter. He was also identified as the killer by a lawyer for his father Peter Rodger, who was an assistant director for one of the Hunger Games films.
Tuesday has been declared a day of mourning on the UC Santa Barbara campus.
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