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Sexual frustration apparently fueled a murderous Southern California rampage, as a self-confessed 22-year-old virgin hunted sorority girls and other women to have his “revenge against humanity” — leaving at least seven people dead a month after Elliot Rodger’s parents warned cops that he was posting alarming videos on YouTube.
The gunman killed six people — at least three during a 10-minute shooting spree in Isla Vista near the University of California Santa Barbara on Friday night, and three more at his apartment. The shooter apparently shot himself in the head.
Three male victims were stabbed to death in the apartment before the shooting rampage.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown identified Rodger as the killer in Friday’s drive-by shootings, and he is also suspected as the killer of three people in his apartment. Rodger’s parents, who also believe he was the killer, alerted cops about violent videos he was posting online, but authorities found him to be a “perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human,” according to Alan Shifman, attorney for his father, “Hunger Games” assistant director Peter Rodger. Police did not find a history of guns, but did say Elliot Rodger “didn’t have a lot of friends,” had trouble making friends and didn’t have any girlfriends.
“On the day of retribution, I am going to enter the hottest sorority house at UCSB, and I will slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blond slut I see inside there,”
Rodger said in his final video. “I will be a god compared to you. You will all be animals. You are animals, and I will slaughter you like animals. I hate all of you. Humanity is a disgusting, wretched, depraved species.”
The Santa Barbara City College student complained of being a virgin who had never been kissed and was constantly rejected by women who prefer “obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman.”
“You think I’m unworthy of you. That’s a crime I can never get over,” he said. “If I can’t have you girls, I will destroy you. You denied me a happy life and in turn I will deny all of you life. It’s only fair.”
The gunman was in two gun battles before crashing his black BMW into a parked car.
“All of you girls who rejected me, looked down upon me, you know, treated me like scum while you gave yourselves to other men ... ” Elliot Rodger said during the final moments of his video. “I hate all of you. I can’t wait to give you exactly what you deserve — annihilation.”
Authorities acknowledged yesterday they were looking at the YouTube video titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution,” in which he sits in a car, looking at the camera, and promised gruesome violence against humanity while periodically laughing.
“It’s obviously the work of a madman,” Brown said.
Experts say the shooter appears to be the product of a sick modern society that encourages violence against women, and that he is suffering from one of man’s oldest mental ailments — envy.
“You’re looking at someone who’s unhinged. In a culture that legitimizes violence against women — whether it’s video games or pornography — this violence is sexualized,” said Gail Dines, a professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College. “When you hear something like this, he’s picking up on cultural cues that women are less than him and don’t deserve to live.”
“Envy is a very powerful and underappreciated emotion in human affairs,” said Dr. Roger Pitman, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “If he’s envious of these other guys and women for being popular, that can motivate anger and resentment.”
Herald wire services were used in this report.