Identifying Those That Are A Threat to Society
Invisible People That Strike Back With Force
ABC News via Good Morning America Reported
A 137-page memoir details the jealousy and anger Elliot Rodger felt before he killed six people in a furious rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
"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," he wrote in the document, titled "My Twisted World."
Police identified Rodger, 22, as the shooter, a man who videotaped his rage over his rejection by women and vowed "retribution" just hours before the killing began. He was also identified as the killer by a lawyer for his father Peter Rodger, who was the assistant director for one of the “Hunger Games” films.
CNN Reported in 2009
Police: Gym shooter 'had a lot of hatred' for women, society
A Pennsylvania man who walked into a gym aerobics class and opened fire, killing three women and wounding nine before turning the gun on himself, "had a lot of hatred in him," police said Wednesday.
George Sodini, 48, brought four handguns into the LA Fitness gym outside Pittsburgh and used three of them, firing at least 36 times around 8 p.m. Tuesday, Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said.
Sodini, a member of the gym, was found dead in the aerobics room, lying on top of one of his guns about seven feet from one of the victims.
An online diary, as well as notes at the scene and at his home, have led them to believe he was targeting women in general. Read an edited version of the diary (PDF)
In the note found at the scene in Sodini's gym bag, he complains he had never spent a weekend with a woman, never vacationed with a woman and never lived with a woman, and that he had had limited sexual experiences, Moffatt said.
He makes similar complaints in his online blog, which also documents his growing rage at women for rejecting him and at the world he felt had abandoned him.
My sympathy is with those who have lost loved ones due to the actions of individuals bent on making people take notice of them by implementing pain, the unanswered question remains: Why? How can we have a society functioning at the fingertips of apps on the phone, instant photos, twitter, facebook, and the world wide web yet someone can be internally lonely. The diagnosis and snapping point of such people as George Sodini and Elliot Rodger remain a mystery. While both seem to be enraged by the rejection of women, there must be a psychological dysfunction tied to depression present. It is scary that both functioned among society while displaying cries for help and signs of loosing touch with reality and no one realized the severity of their condition in order to prevent numerous murders. Although Elliot Rodgers mother took immediate action after his therapist called her regarding his manifesto (notifying authorities), unfortunately most people aren't aware of a problem until its too late. These situations make you realize you have no idea about the people working right next to you, or the condition of the person you are walking next to in the mall, or who you are encountering when agreeing to a date. What is wrong with our society where it seems more people are bent on killing others in an effort to be seen or acknowledged? It seems we are not connecting via family or as a society and its leading to extreme isolation/depression acted out in acts of violence before self-destruction of the perpetrator (suicide). These same killers self-destructing before our eyes display cries for help, exhibiting behavior showing disconnection from society that no one recognizes until it's too late. Do we need more psychologists and police monitoring the world wide web to keep watch on those who appear to present disturbing and unhealthy behaviors? What can we do to prevent such tragedy from occurring in the future?
Over the past decade there have been more people suffering from psychological dysfunctions that seem determined to hurt others. It is frightening to worry about your safety in the mall, or safety watching a movie, or safety walking around the area of a college campus as a student. Any thoughts?