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Isla Vista Mass Murderer Says He Was Bullied at Valley Schools

Elliot Rodger describes life at Crespi in Encino and Taft High in Woodland Hills in a 140-page manifesto.

Elliot Rodger. Facebook photo.
Elliot Rodger. Facebook photo.

Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old man identified as the killer of six people near UC Santa Barbara, attended public and private schools in the San Fernando Valley, according to a manifesto he wrote.

The 100,000-word document titled "My Twisted World" details his childhood in the Valley and his difficulties at school, which included, according to the manifesto, being bullied at Crespi Carmelite High in Encino and Taft High in Woodland Hills.

"On my very first week (at Crespi), I had my first experience of true bullying," he recalled. "Some horrible Twelfth Graders saw me as a target because I looked like a ten year old and I was physically weak. They threw food at me during lunchtime and after school."

"It enraged me, but I was too scared to do anything about it," Rodger added.

At Taft, where he transferred from Crespi, "The first week ... was living hell," the manifesto said.

He attracted bullies "like moths to a flame," he wrote, detailing an incident when one boy called "me a 'loser,' right in front of his girlfriends."

"This was what truly opened my eyes to how brutal the world is," Rodger said. "The most meanest and depraved of men come out on top, and women flock to these men."

Rodger also attended Topanga Elementary School and the Pinecrest Schools in Woodland Hills. He finished his primary education at Independence Continuation High in Van Nuys.

According to the manifesto, he decided to enroll at Santa Barbara City College after watching the movie "Alpha Dog," a film about the 2000 abduction and murder of 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz of West Hills. The boy was taken to Santa Barbara, where he was kept in a motel before being shot to death.

"The movie had a profound effect on me, because it depicted lots of good looking young people enjoying pleasurable sex lives," Rodger wrote. "... That was the life I wanted. A life of pleasure and sex."

--City News Service


Lynley Kerr Hogan May 27, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Our whole world is in denial. The authorities get to kill anyone they "think" is dangerous to their agenda. Parents abuse their children "because it is good for them." At least that's what I was told every day of my youth. No one gets to hurt anyone without the inevitable consequences. I am way too experienced with bullies (parents, rapists, extortionists, psychopaths, thieves, gamblers, girlfriends, boyfriends, neighbors, school officials, sorority houses, etc.) Perhaps it is all my fault? I should've stopped the bullies when I was a child? Only problem, the bullies got meaner when I fought back. I was blamed for my own crying... A vicious circle that needs to be stopped by caring adults before the child learns he is worth absolutely zero to society. Pain cannot be denied or covered up as much as one wants that it be so. Rodgers was thrown away to be loved by someone other than those who should have been loving him since birth. I can guarantee you anyone who kills himself isn't upset over a girl. The person is upset at the loss of a healthy life that will never get any better. A parent's job is to provide a healthy future for their children. That's it. I believe money is often used to cover up the parent's inability to love. Money will never replace love! Ever! Today, I happily have nothing left in my f'd up life but the love I have for those lucky enough to receive it! With no money, I have plenty of time to love and cherish every moment with my most incredible daughters. That is what being a parent is about. I wouldn't trade my time for all the money in the world!
Irene DeBlasio May 27, 2014 at 01:32 PM
@CharlesMurray I'm sure he was diagnosed with Asperger's spectrum disorder and probably had some underlying mental/emotional problems which required treatment and medication. In any case, you've come through with an excellent understanding of this psychotic individual. Someone in a social media forum once told him that he looked fine but gave a creepy impression when he spoke. You're probably right about his body language and social skills -- or lack thereof. Thank you for a most candid self-evaluation of some critical points. You deserve a medal. Glad to hear that you seem to be in a good place now. Blessings.
Lynley Kerr Hogan May 27, 2014 at 01:34 PM
Excel At Life is a free "therapy" site: Definitely worth a donation! http://www.excelatlife.com/rules/1.htm
Allan May 27, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Another one of those comments where you write but don't have a clue of what he might have been under treatment for.
Allan May 27, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Gee a little self promotion on here, LOL

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