Hints to a Motive? Read Full Manifesto of the UCSB Shooting Suspect
May 25, 2014
ET has obtained a manifesto written by the 22-year-old man believed to have been responsible for the shooting spree at Isla Vista, California on Friday that left seven dead, including the gunman.
The suspect, Elliot Rodger, is the son of Peter Rodger, notable for is work as a second unit director on the 2012 film The Hunger Games.
Prior to the massacre, Elliot wrote a manifesto titled My Twisted World: The Story of Elliot Rodger.
The final paragraphs of the 137-page document reads as follows.
"Why do things have to be this way? I'm sure that is the question everyone will be asking after the Day of Retribution is over," Rodger wrote. "They will all be asking why. Indeed, why? That is the question I've had for everyone throughout all my years of suffering. Why was I condemned to live a life of misery and worthlessness while other men were able to experience the pleasures of sex and love with women? Why do things have to be this way? I ask all of you.
"All I ever wanted was to love women, and in turn to be loved by them back. Their behavior towards me has only earned my hatred, and rightfully so! I am the true victim in all of this. I am the good guy. Humanity struck at me first by condemning me to experience so much suffering. I didn't ask for this. I didn't want this. I didn't start this war ... I wasn't the one who struck first ... But I will finish it by striking back. I will punish everyone. And it will be beautiful. Finally, at long last, I can show the world my true worth."
Sheriff Bill Brown told The Santa Barbara Independent that dispatchers responded to calls of shots fired at 9:27 p.m. According to Sheriff Brown, a gunfight ensued with deputies, but no deputies have reported injuries.
After this exchange, Sheriff Brown told the news source that the suspect fled in his car and crashed into a parked vehicle.
Rodger was reportedly found dead in his car with a gunshot wound to the head.
A source tells ET that the family contacted the police a month ago, because they were worried about him. At the time police thought he was fine.
Rodger documented the meeting with police in his manifesto.
"After only a week passed since I uploaded those videos on YouTube, I heard a knock on my apartment door," he wrote. "I opened it to see about seven police officers asking for me. As soon as I saw those cops, the biggest fear I had ever felt in my life overcame me. I had the striking and devastating fear that someone had somehow discovered what I was planning to do, and reported me for it. If that was the case, the police would have searched my room, found all of my guns and weapons, along with my writings about what I plan to do with them. I would have been thrown in jail, denied of the chance to exact revenge on my enemies. I can't imagine a hell darker than that. Thankfully, that wasn't the case, but it was so close.
"Apparently, someone saw my videos and became instantly suspicious of me. They called some sort of health agency, who called the police to check up on me. The police told me it was my mother who called them, but my mother told me it was the health agency. My mother had watched the videos and was very disturbed by them. I don't suppose I'll ever know the full truth of who called the police on me. The police interrogated me outside for a few minutes, asking me if I had suicidal thoughts. I tactfully told them that it was all a misunderstanding, and they finally left. If they had demanded to search my room... That would have ended everything. For a few horrible seconds I thought it was all over. When they left, the biggest wave of relief swept over me. It was so scary.
"It was all because of the videos. I must have expressed too much anger in them. I immediately took most of them off of YouTube, and planned to reupload them a few days before the Day of Retribution. This incident made me realize that I needed to be extra careful. I can't let anyone become suspicious of me. All it takes is for one person to call the police and tell them that they think I'm going to perpetrate a shooting, and the police will be coming to my door again, demanding to search my room. For the next few days, I felt extremely fearful that they could show up anytime. I kept one of my handguns with a few loaded magazines near me just in case such a thing did happen. If they did show up, I would have to try to quickly shoot them all and escape out the back window. I would then have to perform a hasty mockery of my plans, with the police on my tail. That will ruin everything. Thankfully, all suspicion of me was dropped after I took down the videos from YouTube, and the police never came back."
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