Friday night 22 year old Elliot Rodger, the son of Peter Rodger, an assistant director of 'The Hunger Games' film series, died in his BMW by a gunshot to the head, but not before leaving a vast digital trail on his YouTube channel as an eerie foretelling of the carnage that was soon to begin in Isla Vista, Calif, near the University of California Santa Barbara Campus.
Reports say that after banging on the door of a sorority house and being denied entry, that Elliot Rodger went on a killing rampage, that ended with the deaths of seven individuals (including himself) and the wounding of thirteen others. Three of those killed were apparently stabbed repeatedly at the apartment where Rodger was living, two were women shot outside of a sorority house and the other was identified by his father as 20-year-old Christopher Martinez. And Elliot himself.
Hours after the rampage a very disturbing video entitled, "Elliot Rodger's retribution" surfaced. Detectives say this video is clear sign of "premeditated mass murder". They also point to a 140-page autobiographical manifesto that was sent to police as further proof. You can find this misogynistic tirade published in the LA Times,where at one point he writes:
I cannot kill every single female on earth, but I can deliver a devastating blow that will shake all of them to the core of their wicked hearts. I will attack the very girls who represent everything I hate in the female gender: The hottest sorority of UCSB.
According to Alan Shifman, attorney for Elliot's father, Elliot was being treated by multiple therapists and had been diagnosed as "a high functioning patient with Asperger Syndrome. Shifman also said that Elliot's family had contacted police weeks ago after they became aware of the YouTube videos in which Elliot touched on "suicide" and "killing people". You have to wonder if the police even listened to the parents and watched the videos, because at that time the police who interviewed Elliot said that they found him to be a "perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human,"
However, if the time had been taken to seriously investigate what the parent had told them, they might have found Elliot's Facbook page which is a testament to the obsession he had with himself and his opulent lifestyle. The page is filled with narcissistic selfies, but there are no friends to be found. If they had watched the social media videos that had shocked Elliot's family enough that they were compelled to go to the police, there would have been little doubt that his feelings of loneliness, rejection, and the desire for vengeance was taking a toll on his mental mental health.
Put together, Elliot's narcissistic presence on Facebook, his writings in online forums and his deadly seriousness and lack of emotion on his YouTube videos tell a sad story of entitlement and privilege amid a young man's psychological and mental turmoil that was about to come to a very tragic end.
Richard Martinez, the father of 20 year old victim Christopher Martinez, spoke to reporters on Saturday.
Our family has a message for every parent out there: You don't think it'll happen to your child until it does," Martinez said. "Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights, what about Chris' right to live?
Martinez then screamed: "When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say, stop this madness, we don't have to live like this? Too many have died. We should say to ourselves — not one more.
Of course the killer, Elliot Rodger, is to blame. But, who can say why he did this terrible act? Perhaps a rare combination of circumstances over his short life time all came together to create a "perfect storm" that resulted in this tragic event.
In a better world, this would not have happened. In a better world the therapists treating this narcissistic privileged young man who felt unloved and rejected would have been able to change his deranged mind. In a better world the police would have taken the parents initial concerns more seriously. And... In better world Elliot would never have been able to get the gun that allowed him to murder innocent people.