Isla Vista, CA -
Before Elliot Rodger indiscriminately 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 2 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."
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.
"I've been going through college for 2 1/2 years now and in this 2 1/2 years I've had to rot in bleak and sad loneliness while other guys got to enjoy all of the pleasures of, you know, sex and socializing and partying," Rodger said. "I've never had a taste of that because no girl has given me a chance."
Christian Rivas, 19, a close friend of Rodger's younger sister who lives around the corner from his mother, said Rodger struck him as odd when visiting on breaks from college.
"Every time he was there, he was in his room, hidden," Rivas said, standing in his driveway in the middle-class Los Angeles neighborhood of West Hills.
"He didn't socialize," Rivas said. "Sometimes he'd drive around the neighborhood for no reason, just drive around in circles."
Erin Mincks, who lives across the street from Rodger's mother, said he would come home from school, unload bags and wash his black BMW in the driveway. He was most recently home about two months ago, she said.
"It's very sad, very heartbreaking, shocking, very shocking that someone could live so close to you and you have no idea what's going on," Mincks said.
Rodger said in a Youtube comment posted three weeks ago that he temporarily took down all his video blogs because of the alarm it caused some people in his family. He repeated the assertion on a video titled "Why do girls hate me so much" posted Friday, saying he re-uploaded the video after taking the last one down because it gained too much negative attention. Rodger tweeted a video with the same title April 20.
A photo posted to Facebook, Google Plus and Youtube in December showed Rodger in a black BMW with the same license plate as the car involved in the shootings and crash. The photo was used as the cover photo of Rodger's Youtube channel while another Facebook photo from the same profile was used as an avatar photo. The Facebook account also includes an April 8 photo that appears to show Rodger with his father, Peter Rodger, a Hollywood director who contributed to the first installment of "The Hunger Games" series.
Sheriff Bill Brown called the gunman "mentally disturbed" and said it was "very apparent of the severe extend of how disturbed Mr. Rodger was."
"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 I will have my revenge against humanity, against all of you. For the last eight years of my life, 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, never to me.
I'm 22 years old and still a virgin, never even kissed a girl. And through college, 2 1/2 years, more than that actually, I'm still a virgin. It has been very torturous. College is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. In those years I've had to rot in loneliness, it's not fair.
You girls have never been attracted to me. I don't know why you girls aren't attracted to me but I will punish you all for it. It's an injustice, a crime because I don't know what you don't see in me, I'm the perfect guy and yet you throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman. I will punish all of you for it.
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. All those girls I've desired so much. They have all rejected me and looked down on me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance toward them, while they throw themselves at these obnoxious brutes. I take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you., You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one, the true alpha male. [laughs] 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. Well, now I will be a god compared to you, you will all be animals, you are animals and I will slaughter you like animals. I'll be a god exacting my retribution on all those who deserve it and you do deserve it just for the crime of living a better life than me. The popular kids, you never accepted me and now you will all pay for it. Girls, all I ever wanted was to love you, be loved by you. I wanted a girlfriend. I wanted sex, love, affection, adoration. You think I'm unworthy of you. That's I crime I can never get over. If I can't have you girls, I will destroy you. [laughs] You denied me a happy life and in turn I will deny all of you life, it's only fair. I hate all of you. Humanity is a disgusting, wretched, depraved species. If I had it in my power I would stop at nothing to reduce every single one of you to mountains of skulls and rivers of blood and rightfully so. You deserve to be annihilated and I will give that to you. You never showed me any mercy so I will show you none. [laughs]
You forced me to suffer all my life, now I will make you all suffer. I waited a long time for this. I'll give you exactly what you deserve, all of you. All you girls who rejected me, looked down upon me, you know, treated me like scum while you gave yourselves to other men. And all of you men for living a better life than me, all of you sexually active men. I hate you. I hate all of you. I can't wait to give you exactly what you deserve, annihilation."
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