Over the weekend, a 22-year-old man went on a stabbing, shooting, and vehicular rampage in Isla Vista, California that left seven people dead (including himself from a reportedly self-inflicted gunshot wound) and 13 others injured.
Right before the rampage, the perpetrator uploaded a YouTube video detailing the upcoming attack and discussing how much he hated the world and everyone in it. He also emailed a 138-page manifesto to a bunch of people he knew (parents, friends, school teachers, his psychologist and the news media) with much of the same information.
As you might have guessed by the fact that we're reporting this, video games came in for a mention. He was a fan of World of Warcraft.
WND's Aaron Klein, points out a few similarities between the attacker's manner of speaking and the vocal idiosyncrasies of World of Warcraft character, Garrosh Hellscream.
In the YouTube video, the soon-to-be killer and soon-to-be dead person says, "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."
One of Hellscream's lines from the game is, "I have seen mountains of skulls and rivers of blood, and I will have my world."
Klein also notes similarities between the killer and the WoW NPC's laugh, species-hating ethos and the fact that both tend to prefix their threatening statements with "yes."
Killer: "Yes, after I’ve annihilated every single girl…"
Hellscream: "Yes, yes I can see it now. I can see the future of this world. A world ruled by the horde…"
Is it possible the killer modeled some of his delivery style after a video game character? And if so, so the hell what?
Listen to the embedded audio file to hear examples from Wow and the killer's YouTube vid.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen