On May 23rd, 2014, in Isla Vista, California, Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured fourteen others near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara, before taking his own life.
Rodger began his attacks at his apartment on Seville Road, where his two housemates and their friend were found dead inside. Weihan Wang and Cheng Hong, and a friend named George Chen.Each had received multiple stab wounds, and all had been killed approximately three hours before the shooting spree. Their bodies were found the day following the shootings.
After stabbing his two housemates and a third man to death, Rodger began the second part of his murderous rampage. Before driving to the sorority house, from behind the wheel of his black BMW Rodger uploaded his final video to YouTube titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution”. Roger outlined details of his upcoming attack and his motives. He explained that he wanted to punish women for rejecting him and to punish sexually-active men for living a more enjoyable life than his.
After uploading the video, Rodger e-mailed a lengthy autobiographical manuscript to approximately a dozen acquaintances and family members. The document, which he titled “My Twisted World”, was made available on the Internet and became widely known as his “manifesto”. In it, he described his childhood, family conflicts, frustration over not being able to find a girlfriend, his hatred of women, his contempt for racial minorities and interracial couples, and his plans for what he described as “retribution”. He uploaded the “Retribution” video at 9:17 p.m., and sent his manifesto e-mail at 9:18 p.m.
Rodgers then drove to the Alpha Phi sorority house near the University of California Santa Barbara. He knocked on the sorority house door for a few minutes. After no one answered, he began shooting people who were nearby. He first shot three Delta Delta Delta sorority sisters, killing two of them and wounding the third.
After returning to his car, Rodger drove two blocks and fired once at a coffee shop as he went eastbound. The shop was closed and unoccupied at the time, and no one was injured by the gunshot. He then arrived at the Isla Vista Deli Mart and fired several gunshots into the building, fatally shooting a student inside. His car was seen leaving the scene by four responding foot-patrol officers, but they did not identify him as the shooter and he escaped without incident.
Eventually pursued by police a shooting spree ensues and Rogers is shot through the car and struck in the hip but manages to drive off. Twelve minutes after he began shooting Roger hits a bicyclist, then crashes on the north sidewalk into parked cars just east of the intersection of Del Playa and Camino Pescadero.
Police found Rodger dead inside his vehicle from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. He killed a total of six other people, and wounded fourteen others.
After the killing spree, in Rodger’s apartment, along with several more knives including a 10in “zombie-killer” fixed-blade and an 18in machete and a print-out of his manifesto, was a diary. The final handwritten entry reads: “This is it. In one hour I will have my revenge on this cruel world. I HATE YOU ALLLL! DIE.” Rodger was also a member of an insidious online community on a message-board site called PUAHate.com.
In September 2012, Rodger visited a shooting range to train himself in firing handguns. In November 2012, he purchased his first handgun, a Glock 34 pistol, in Goleta, after doing research on handguns. As documented in his manifesto, he assessed the Glock 34 as “an efficient and highly accurate weapon.
In early 2013, Rodger bought two additional handguns, both SIG Sauer P226 pistols, writing that they were “of a much higher quality than the Glock” and “a lot more efficient. He purchased the weapons in Oxnard and Burbank.
According to his manifesto, Rodger had saved $5,000 of pocket money, which was given to him by his parents and grandmothers, in order to purchase the weapons and supplies that he needed for the attacks.
The media later reported the frantic attempt by Rodger’s parents to intervene on the evening of the killings. After receiving a copy of the manifesto, Rodger’s therapist phoned his mother. She checked his YouTube channel, where she found the “Retribution” video that he had uploaded minutes earlier. She called Rodger’s father and they independently began to drive up to Isla Vista. During the drive, she called police in Isla Vista and they arranged to meet the parents upon arrival. Hearing a radio news report of a shooting in Isla Vista, his mother called the therapist, who told her it was unrelated, saying that Rodger promised to act the following day and it would be unlike him to deviate from such details. When the parents reached the police station in Isla Vista, they learned that the news report was, in fact, about their son, and that he had killed six people.
In his final video, Roger says:
Well, this is my last video, it all has to come to this. Tomorrow is the day of retribution, the day in which I will have my revenge against humanity, against all of you. For the last eight years of my life, ever 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 but never to me.
I’m 22 years old and I’m still a virgin. I’ve never even kissed a girl. I’ve been through college for two and a half years, more than that actually, and 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. Within 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 these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman.