Elliot Rodger's Manifesto Blamed A Seventh-Grade Classmate For His Hatred Of Woman
As the community of Isla Vista, California, continues to mourn the lives lost in the May 23 shooting rampage that left seven dead, including the gunman, a California woman named in Elliot Rodger's notorious manifesto is reportedly living in fear. The unidentified woman's father told the New York Daily News that the shooter, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, had a crush on his daughter in middle school. Rodger blamed the woman in his 140-page manifesto for instilling his hatred of girls and women, citing rejection and ridicule as the primary factors.
Rodger called the woman a "pretty blonde girl" and "evil bitch." He claimed she, along with other "popular seventh grade girls," teased and humiliated him. According to Rodger, this "sparked an intense fear of girls" that made him want violent retribution against all women a decade later.
She must have thought I was an ultimate loser. I hated her so much, and I will never forget her. I started to hate all girls because of this. I saw them as mean, cruel and heartless creatures that took pleasure from my suffering.
The woman's father said his daughter is "devastated" for being singled out in Rodger's twisted writings, and claims she fears she'll be targeted by a copycat killer. “The whole thing is so creepy,” the father told the Daily News. "She doesn’t even remember this guy. ... For him to call her a bully, this kid was really disillusioned."
Much of Rodger's screed included troubling language and ideas that revealed a deep hatred for women. Rodger called his plan to kill as many women he could his "War on Women," and envisioned a world where women should be imprisoned in concentration camps. He blamed women for making him "depraved" because they rejected his sexual advanced, and also targeted "popular" male students for dating them.
Last Friday, the day of the attack, Rodger uploaded a video message to YouTube announcing his plan. Later that day, he emailed his manifesto to his therapist, who then alerted his mother. Rodger's parents called the authorities and then raced to Isla Vista — a small, oceanside community adjacent to Santa Barbara — from their homes in Los Angeles. Sadly, they arrived after the rampage ended.
All six people killed in the attack were students at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The university canceled class Tuesday, but will be holding counseling sessions for grieving students.