Elliot Rodger’s parents frantically tried to find their son on May 23 while he was on a shooting spree — he had emailed them his 140-page manifesto just hours before. Unfortunately, they were too late.
At 9:17PM on May 23, Lichin Rodger, the mother of Elliot Rodger, received an email from her son with his manifesto, “My Twisted World.” This lead her to his extremely disturbing “Retribution” YouTube video. At that time, she called her estranged husband, Peter Rodger, then 911, and the two went searching for their son.
Elliot Rodger’s Parents Tried To Stop Him
It’s hard to imagine the feeling that Lichin and Peter were feeling after reading their son’s horrifying plans followed by an even scarier YouTube video.
Just a few hours before going on a killing spree, the 22-year-old sent the manifesto to a few dozen people including at least one of his therapists and his parents, Simone Astaire, a close family friend, told CNN.
However, when Elliot’s frantic parents headed to Santa Barbara to search for their son, they heard about a shooting on the radio — and later found out it was their son who injured 13, and killed six before taking his own life.
Elliot’s Mother Called Police A Month Ago To Investigate Videos
In April, Linchin watched some of Elliot’s YouTube videos, many that are very disturbing, and called his therapist. The therapist called a mental health hotline, which sent over police to check on him.
When they arrived at his home on April 30, they reassured his mother that he was OK, Simone told CNN.
Deputies “determined he did not meet the criteria for an involuntary hold,” Sheriff Bill Brown said in a press conference. However, now the parents are frustrated and feel that was a “pivotal moment” and “missed opportunity.” However, they do realize that hindsight is alway 20/20.
In the manifesto, Elliot described the moment the police arrived, writing:
I had the striking and devastating fear that someone had somehow discovered what I was planning to do, and reported me for it. If that was the case, the police would have searched my room, found all of my guns and weapons, along with my writings about what I plan to do with them. I would have been thrown in jail, denied of the chance to exact revenge on my enemies. I can’t imagine a hell darker than that. If they had demanded to search my room … That would have ended everything. For a few horrible seconds I thought it was all over. When they left, the biggest wave of relief swept over me.
So scary! Our thoughts and prayers go out to Elliot’s family, as well as all other families involved.
— Emily Longeretta