Before beginning his murder spree, Rodger e-mails a 140-page manifesto, titled “My Twisted Life,” to local TV station KYET and to over a dozen, family friends and relatives. In the manuscript, Rodger blames women for the actions he soon carries out — “all because the females of the human species were incapable of seeing the value in me” — and describes himself as “the good guy.” He writes in part:
All of those beautiful girls I’ve desired so much in my life, but can never have because they despise and loathe me, I will destroy. All of those popular people who live hedonistic lives of pleasure, I will destroy, because they never accepted me as one of them. I will kill them all and make them suffer, just as they have made me suffer. It is only fair. Their behavior towards me has only earned my hatred, and rightfully so! I am the true victim in all of this. I am the good guy … Humanity struck at me first by condemning me to experience so much suffering. I didn’t ask for this. I didn’t want this. I didn’t start this war… I wasn’t the one who struck first… But I will finish it by striking back. I will punish everyone. And it will be beautiful.
Rodger goes into great detail about his experiences on “Men’s Rights Activism” (MRA) and Pick-Up Artist (PUA) Internet forums. He describes one such site as a
forum full of men who are starved of sex, just like me. Many of them have their own theories of what women are attracted to, and many of them share my hatred of women, though unlike me they would be too cowardly to act on it. Reading the posts on that website only confirmed many of the theories I had about how wicked and degenerate women really are.
He describes himself as an INCEL, or “involuntary celibate,” a term often used on MRA and PUA forums. Sex is evil, he writes, and women are depraved:
The fact that life itself exists through sex just proves that life is flawed. The act of sex gives human beings a tremendous amount of pleasure. Pleasure they don’t deserve. No one deserves to experience so much pleasure, especially since some humans get to experience it while some are denied it. … Women are incapable of having morals or thinking rationally. They are completely controlled by their depraved emotions and vile sexual impulses. Because of this, the men who do get to experience the pleasures of sex and the privilege of breeding are the men who women are sexually attracted to … the stupid, degenerate, obnoxious men … Women should not have the right to choose who to mate and breed with. That decision should be made for them by rational men of intelligence. If women continue to have rights, they will only hinder the advancement of the human race by breeding with degenerate men and creating stupid, degenerate offspring. This will cause humanity to become even more depraved with each generation. Women have more power in human society than they deserve, all because of sex. There is no creature more evil and depraved than the human female. (read the manifesto)