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US shooter's chilling manifesto details his 'war on women'

Canberra Times logo Canberra Times 25/05/2014 Michael Idato
Opened fire: Elliot Rodger. © AFP Opened fire: Elliot Rodger.

"I cannot kill every single female on earth, but I can deliver a devastating blow that will shake all of them to the core of their wicked hearts."

In his chilling "manifesto", the man suspected of embarking on a stabbing and shooting rampage that left six people dead and seriously injured 13 outlined detailed plans for killing his roommates then attacking a sorority at the University of California in Santa Barbara in what he described as his "war on women".

In a 141-page statement the suspect, Elliot Rodger wrote: "I will attack the very girls who represent everything I hate in the female gender: The hottest sorority of UCSB".

Rodger, 22, also left behind a series of videos on social media in which he poured out his hatred of women who have rejected him and "popular kids",  threatening to kill people out of loneliness and sexual frustration.

In the video Rodger referred to "girls who rejected me, looked down upon me" and "sexually active men ... living a better life than me. You forced me to suffer all my life, now I will make you all suffer. I waited a long time for this. I hate all of you. I can't wait to give you exactly what you deserve, annihilation."

Rodger said all he wanted was "sex, love, affection, adoration".

"But you think I’m unworthy of it, that’s a crime that can never be forgiven," he said. "If I had it in my power I would stop at nothing to reduce every single one of you to mountains of skulls and rivers of blood."

Rodger is alleged to have killed six people: three men who were found stabbed to death in his apartment, and then three others who were killed during his shooting rampage. He then took his own life, police said.

Police have not released the names of the victims, but three families have identified their children as among those killed: Veronika Weiss and Katie Cooper, both 19, and Christopher Martinez, 20.

Martinez' father Richard Martinez rounded on politicians and the powerful National Rifle Association. "Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA," he said, raising his voice. "They talk about gun rights. What about Chris's right to live? When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say stop this madness?"

In the wake of the killings, a small university community has been left in shock, the victims' families are devastated and America is once again left to wrestle with the issue of gun control.

Rodger used three semi-automatic handguns in the killings and more than 400 unspent rounds were found in his car. Police said all three weapons were purchased legally and registered in Rodger's name.

His father, film director Peter Rodger, released a statement through the family's lawyer, Alan Shifman, offering "their deepest compassion and sympathy to the families involved in this terrible tragedy".

The Rodger family had alerted police several weeks ago after seeing a message posted by Elliot on social media but police who spoke to him subsequently described him as  "perfectly polite, kind and [a] wonderful human".

Mr Shifman said the Rodger family would work with police in any way required. "My client's mission in life will be to try to prevent any such tragedies from ever happening again," he said. "This country, this world, needs to address mental illness and the ramifications from not recognising these illnesses."

Mr Shifman said the family is "staunchly against guns" and supports gun-control laws.

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