yet another horrific case of violence:
George Sodini seethed with anger and frustration toward women. He couldn't understand why they ignored him, despite his best efforts to look nice. He hadn't had a girlfriend since 1984, hadn't slept with a woman in 19 years.
"Women just don't like me. There are 30 million desirable women in the US (my estimate) and I cannot find one. Not one of them finds me attractive," the 48-year-old computer programmer lamented in a chilling diary he posted on the Internet.
For months, he also wrote vaguely about using guns to carry out his "exit plan" at his health club, where lots of young women worked out. ...
He went to the sprawling L.A. Fitness Club in this Pittsburgh suburb, turned out the lights on a dance-aerobics class filled with women, and opened fire with three guns, letting loose with a fusillade of at least 36 bullets.
He killed three women and wounded nine others before committing suicide. ...
In his diary, he complained that women "don't even give me a second look ANYWHERE" even though he was tan and fit and claimed to dress well and smell nice.
this sounds so scarily like a case of "Nice Guy" syndrome taken to the extreme. there's that sense of entitlement, the notion that he deserves to have women because he thinks he's doing all the right things. that women are to blame for rejecting him, when he's apparently trying so hard.
what is also scary is that his blog is publicly available, he was explicit about his plans, but it would appear that no-one who read his blog alerted the authorities.
i don't really have much more to say about this, except to express my condolences to the families of his victims, and to hope that the injured recover fully.