Elliot Rodger: Isla Vista Mass Murders

The story of Elliot Rodger, as he wrote in a document titled "My Twisted World", reveals circumstances that are relativity common throughout adolescence and early adulthood until he starts discussing his disappointments, loneliness and hopelessness that led to his plans for "The Day of Retribution". 

  • This document, commonly called his manifesto, makes it appear that the slaughters that took place in Isla Vista, California were planned over an extensive period
  • In a murderous rampage, Rodger took the lives of six people and injured many more before taking his own life
  • The Isla Vista killing spree occurred on May 23, 2014
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On that tragic day, many lives were lost or changed at the hands of a troubled man who decided to seek revenge on people who experienced the happiness that he desperately longed for. 

Mass Murders of Elliot Rodger

Rodger's rage was driven by his desire for women who he deemed to have rejected him, resulting in a severe case of misogyny, hatred of women.  Envy of other men or couples who experienced the relationships that he desired also contributed to his fury.  Because of these injustices, as he saw them, he chose a sorority house to target in his killing spree, to represent his war on women to be followed by taking to streets to kill as many people as he could.

The murder spree started with Rodger stabbing three young men to death in the apartment where he lived.  Next, he engaged in a shooting spree at the sorority house that he had previously selected.  At this location, two females were killed with one injured.

The next stop was a deli which Rodger's riddled with bullets, killing one young man who was inside.  From there, Rodger's continued to drive his BMW through the streets randomly shooting and injuring people, or striking them with his vehicle.

In a gunfire exchange with law enforcement, Rodger's received a non-fatal strike.  The attacks ended when the BMW crashed during the pursuit by law enforcement.  Rodger was found dead inside the car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

The Life and Death of Elliot Rodger

By outward view, it appeared that Rodger experienced a privileged life.  Both of his parents were involved in the film industry and he experienced some lavish outings.  When he was young, his parents separated and his father remarried. 

Rodger had problems with social skills and had received treatment from therapists during his youth and adolescence.  He was bullied in school and didn't have very many friends.  He is described by people who knew him as withdrawn.  He retreated to playing video games and participating in internet venues.

In his writings and videos, Rodger himself explains what was going in his mind that drove him to committing such an atrocity involving striking out at others and then taking his own life.  He obviously experienced some sort of mental illness, although nothing in particular was pinpointed and diagnosed in the treatment that he did receive.

The story is sad, to say the least.  The lives of young people, all students at University of California, Santa Barbara, were senselessly taken at the hands of Elliot Rodger before he ended his own life at the age of twenty-two.

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