Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who killed six students in the college town of Isla Vista Ca., in 2014, was the first “alt-right killer” to strike in recent years, says a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center quoted by the Los Angeles Times. The report counts Rodger among 13 alleged alt-right killers whose actions left 43 people dead and more than 60 injured since 2014. The alleged perpetrators were all men and most were under 30, the report says. The common thread: All participated in the “far-right ecosystem that defines the alt-right.” One of them made several references to Rodger before carrying out his attack last year.
William Edward Atchison used the pseudonym of “Elliot Rodger” online and praised the “supreme gentleman,” a moniker Rodger gave himself that became an alt-right meme. Atchison, 21, entered a New Mexico high school on Dec. 7 and killed two students before taking his own life. The list also includes Dylann Roof, the white supremacist convicted of fatally shooting nine black members of a Bible study class in South Carolina in 2015. The Law Center says the “timeline for alt-right killers began on May 23, 2014.” On that day, Rodger killed six people before shooting himself. The slayings started in an apartment he shared with two of his victims. Deputies said Rodger left his laptop on and open on his bed; on the screen was the YouTube page where Rodger had just uploaded his video titled “Retribution.” He also posted a 137-page autobiographical essay that laid out his motives and his racist beliefs. “How could an inferior, ugly black boy be able to get a white girl and not me? I am beautiful, and I am half white myself,” Rodger wrote. “I am descended from British aristocracy. He is descended from slaves.”