In his lengthy written manifesto, Santa Barbara killer Elliot Rodger wrote video games would impact “my innocent, happy self” and would play a significant role in his life.
Rodger relates his father bought him his first video game console, a Nintendo 64, as a Christmas present together with several new games.
“Of course, while playing these video games, my innocent, happy self knew nothing of the significant role video games would play during a large portion of my life…and the sanctuary such games would provide for me from the cruelties of this world.”
He later described himself as “one who always loved fantasy and magic, and who always wished that such things were real.”
Sunday, WND broke the story that from his eerie laugh to specific quotes in his chilling YouTube diatribe, Rodger seems to be channeling, perhaps even mimicking, a specific character from the violent Warcraft video game.
It has been widely reported Rodger was an avid Warcraft player. His online manifesto states he would retreat deep into the game for hours per day and would dream of Warcraft when he went on family vacations and could not play.
What has been missed is that quotes from his final YouTube video announcing his murderous intentions seem to come from the Warcraft character known as Garrosh Hellscream, whose pursuit of dominance and power lead him to hate the Warcraft races, including his own.
In his last YouTube video, Rodger stated in what seems like prepared remarks, “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.”
The Hellscream character similarly went on a diatribe citing mountains of skulls and rivers of blood.
Official sound files from World of Warcraft’s Mists of Pandaria have Hellscream, voiced by Patrick Seitz, stating, “I have seen mountains of skulls and rivers of blood, and I will have my world.”
Hellscream then goes into a relaxed, manic laugh that Rodger seems to mirror.
The Hellscream character’s pursuit of superiority may have fed Rodger’s YouTube statement, “I am in truth the superior one, the true alpha male.”
Like Hellscream’s hatred for his own race, Rodger stated, “I hate all of you. Humanity is a disgusting, wretched, depraved species.”
Hellscream and Rodger even evince the same speaking pattern. They both begin threats with the word “yes” expressed using similar, threatening intonation.
For example, in his YouTube manifesto Rodger stated, “Yes, after I’ve annihilated every single girl … .”
The Hellscream character several times makes threats starting with “yes,” such as “Yes, yes I can see it now. I can see the future of this world. A world ruled by the horde … .”
Rodger was reportedly found dead Saturday from a gunshot wound, possibly self-inflicted, after a shooting spree throughout Isla Vista, adjacent to Santa Barbara in Southern California. He reportedly killed six people. Eight others were shot and wounded and four more were injured when his black BMW hit them.
Hear a comparison of the suspect, and the fictional character:
The video itself can be seen below (Editor's note: The film may be disturbing and contains language that may be offensive to some):