Tucson shooter Jared Loughner's postings on online gaming forums reveal a disappointment with life that turned violent and misogynist.
The Wall Street Journal has acquired postings Loughner made on a gaming site in the summer of 2010. He posted about his difficulties finding a job, possibly because of previous terminations, and mentioned submitting dozens of applications with no luck. He also wrote about his dating woes. In a thread he started called "Talk, Talk, Talking about Rejection," he said, "Its funny...when..they say lets go on a date about 3 times..and they dont....go..." But many of his postings were more upsetting. Below are a few of the worst:
I bet your hungry....Because i know how to cut a body open and eat you for more then a week. ;-)
In a thread called, "Would you hit a Handy Cap Child/ Adult?,"
This is a very interesting question….There are mental retarded children. They're possessing teachers that are typing for money. This will never stop….The drug addicts need to be weeded out to be more intelligent. The Principle of this is that them c- educators need to stop being pigs.
After a Pilates instructor gave him a B:
Told this woman. That she was a Bully. And that if there was PIG in front of me....the pig would would call you a bully
Does anyone have aggression 24/7?
In a post titled "Why Rape,"
There are Rape victims that are under the influence of a substance. The drinking is leading them to rape. The loneliness will bring you to depression. Being alone for a very long time will inevitably lead you to rape.
Loughner's postings certainly add weight to the theory that he's mentally unbalanced, but they also reveal a person who felt wronged and rejected (sometimes literally) by society. His writings about women are reminiscent of those of another gunman, George Sodini, who shot over a dozen women at a Pittsburgh gym after writing on his website that "30 million women rejected me." Though Loughner's obsessions appear to range far beyond women, his postings on women are more evidence that virulent misogyny isn't just an objectionable ideological pose — it can be a red flag for impending violence.