Elliot Rodger

Elliot Rodger

American student who carried out the shooting on May 23, 2014
Date of Birth: 24.07.1991
Country: USA

Biography of Elliot Rodger

Elliot Rodger was an American student who carried out a shooting on May 23, 2014, on the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara. In a span of a few hours, he killed six people, including his roommates, and injured at least 13 others. Mass killings targeting students in the United States have become an epidemic over the past two decades, often going unnoticed until the devastating aftermath. However, the recent incident at one of the world's most prestigious universities shocked even seasoned detectives. Elliot Rodger, the son of Hollywood director Peter Rodger, didn't just take to the streets with a weapon, but acted according to a pre-written script. His 141-page manifesto detailed the murder of his enemies and expressed the core principles of his philosophy.

Elliot Rodger

According to Rodger, modern society is filled with low and vulgar beings who deserve death at the hands of the only worthy person in the world - himself. He believed that only a new order, led by a new ruler, who would personally judge and execute people, could save society. At first glance, Rodger's manifesto may seem like a joke or the script of a fantastic movie with a loser as the protagonist. However, unfortunately, his described crimes materialized, making it clear that his manifesto served as both his final message and a rare chronicle of the torments of a mentally disturbed individual whose personal grievances turned into hatred for all of humanity.

Elliot Rodger was born on July 24, 1991, in London to Peter Rodger, who worked as an assistant director on films such as "The Hunger Games." As Elliot described in his manifesto, his childhood was spent alongside the television, but he also developed an interest in literature and the arts. Unfortunately, his social life did not go well from his early school years. Girls ridiculed his attempts to establish relationships, and boys mocked his reclusive lifestyle. No one could have imagined that years later, the sensitive Elliot would remember all his teenage humiliations and decide to put an end to his own humiliation, as well as his lonely yet proud life.

In his manifesto, Rodger writes, "Women are a plague. They do not deserve the rights they have obtained. They are cruel, almost barbaric beings, and thus must be treated accordingly." He then goes on to list how his acquaintances, particularly his female friends, will meet their deserved deaths. His tone becomes particularly pompous when discussing his mission on this planet: "All of humanity is a diversity of ugly, corrupt, and evil beings. My goal is universal retribution. On the Day of Retribution, I will be the only true god, punishing those whom I deem impure."

On May 23, 2014, following his plan, Elliot began to fulfill his mission, freeing the world from those who made the existence of others unbearable. He killed six people, leaving around 10 others injured to varying degrees. Elliot himself became the final victim, shooting himself in his car. Shortly after the police revealed the identity of the killer, Elliot Rodger's parents expressed their condolences to the families of the victims and admitted they never thought their son was capable of such a crime. As the investigation continues, Elliot's manifesto has spread across the internet and gained popularity among social media users. The police believe that the document should be removed as there is no doubt about its dangerous nature.