Rodger records a seven-minute YouTube video from inside his car. In the video, which he titles “Retribution,” Rodger complains that he is lonely and frustrated because he is a 22-year old virgin, and has been frustrated in his quest to dominate women since puberty. It will be a “day of retribution,” he says:
Tomorrow is the day of retribution, the day in which I will have my revenge against humanity, against all of you…All you popular kids, you’ve never accepted me, and now you will all pay for it. And girls, all I ever wanted was to love you, and to be loved by you. I’ve wanted a girlfriend, I’ve wanted sex, I’ve wanted love, affection, adoration. You think I’m unworthy of it. That’s a crime that can never be forgiven. If I can’t have you, girls, I will destroy you. You denied me a happy life, and in turn, I will deny all of you life. It’s only fair. I hate all of you. Humanity is a disgusting, wretched, depraved species. 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. And rightfully so. You deserve to be annihilated and I’ll give that to you. You never showed me any mercy and so I will show you none. … I can’t wait to give you exactly what you deserve. Utter annihilation.
He was fundamentally withdrawn. The guy on the video was much more confident. That is a guy I never met.