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US killing accused describes Sussex childhood

The Argus: US killing accused describes Sussex childhood US killing accused describes Sussex childhood

THE man being blamed for a killing spree in California described growing up in Sussex in a message he sent out before the tragedy.

Elliot Rodger described attending an all-boys private school in the Sussex countryside as part of a long message he sent out before six people were killed on Friday and he was later found dead.

The account of the 22-year-old’s life was sent to Santa Barbara television news station NewsChannel 3.

It gave details of his life before going on to outline plans for a killing spree as revenge for being rejected by women.

It states that shortly after he was born his parents moved from London to The Old Rectory, which he describes as: “a large house made of red brick in the county of Sussex, with vast green fields surrounding it”.

He says: “The memories I have of this period are only memories of happiness and bliss.”

He was then enrolled in preschool at “an upscale all-boys private school in the countryside, near where we lived” called ‘Dorsett House’.

In the message he states: “I didn’t like school at Dorsett House very much. I found the rules to be too strict. My least favourite part of it was the football sessions.”

Last night it was not clear if he was referring to Dorset House, a preparatory school in Pulborough, West Sussex. At the time of going to press the school was unavailable for comment.

The message described being taught to fly a kite by his father Peter Rodger at the top of a range of hills and says that he cried as his parents drove him away from the house to start a new life in America in 1996.

His father is the film director Peter Rodger, assistant director of The Hunger Games.

It is being reported that his son emailed the message to his parents, which led them to see a video he had posted on website Youtube called “Retribution” in which he repeated the threats.

CNN has said that his parents called the police and were desperately trying to find him at the time he carried out the killings.

He is alleged to have stabbed three men to death in his apartment before embarking on a drive-by shooting spree in his BMW, fatally shooting three people before turning the gun on himself.

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8:52am Mon 26 May 14

hyram77 says...

Poor lad was clearly mentally ill. Combine this with an American culture and easy access to guns and you end with multiple murders. Very sad time for his family and the family's of the people he killed. Could have been prevented I'm sure.
Poor lad was clearly mentally ill. Combine this with an American culture and easy access to guns and you end with multiple murders. Very sad time for his family and the family's of the people he killed. Could have been prevented I'm sure. hyram77
  • Score: 11

9:07am Mon 26 May 14

Quiterie says...

Which other 'Dorset House - private school in Sussex' could it be?!?!
Which other 'Dorset House - private school in Sussex' could it be?!?! Quiterie
  • Score: 1

10:00am Mon 26 May 14

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

There you go, that's what happens when you mix America's ludicrous gun laws with a British public school education - a sexual repressive with a grudge and a gun.
There you go, that's what happens when you mix America's ludicrous gun laws with a British public school education - a sexual repressive with a grudge and a gun. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
  • Score: -2

10:51am Mon 26 May 14

clubrob6 says...

Sounds like a lad that was taken away from everything he enjoyed,being isolated from girls in a boys school probably did him no favours you cant beat a good mixed school so you learn social skills naturally as you grow up.What a shame his cries for help were ignored and that innocent people lost there lives because of it.
Sounds like a lad that was taken away from everything he enjoyed,being isolated from girls in a boys school probably did him no favours you cant beat a good mixed school so you learn social skills naturally as you grow up.What a shame his cries for help were ignored and that innocent people lost there lives because of it. clubrob6
  • Score: 1

10:53am Mon 26 May 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Good thing he didn't go to Eton - would have become totally psychotic if he had, as our current leaders prove.
Good thing he didn't go to Eton - would have become totally psychotic if he had, as our current leaders prove. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -1

11:53am Mon 26 May 14

tykemison says...

What an absolute molly coddled, spoilt little brat. I am sorry I normally have compassionate views but I find this sickening state of affairs has a certain amount of irony to it.Spoilt rich kid who's Daddy produces violent dross which normalises violence has a tantrum and murders multiple innocent victims and surprise, surprise, people predictably blame the USA's historic gun laws.If it was not for institutions like the NRA those useless democrats would ban citizens right to arms and the only people with guns would be criminal scum and it would be a massacre, it's not as simple as you are led to believe, good people not owning guns would turn America into a bloodbath.RIP all those who sadly were murdered by a spoilt beast.
What an absolute molly coddled, spoilt little brat. I am sorry I normally have compassionate views but I find this sickening state of affairs has a certain amount of irony to it.Spoilt rich kid who's Daddy produces violent dross which normalises violence has a tantrum and murders multiple innocent victims and surprise, surprise, people predictably blame the USA's historic gun laws.If it was not for institutions like the NRA those useless democrats would ban citizens right to arms and the only people with guns would be criminal scum and it would be a massacre, it's not as simple as you are led to believe, good people not owning guns would turn America into a bloodbath.RIP all those who sadly were murdered by a spoilt beast. tykemison
  • Score: 4

1:33pm Mon 26 May 14

Valerie Paynter says...

clubrob6 wrote:
Sounds like a lad that was taken away from everything he enjoyed,being isolated from girls in a boys school probably did him no favours you cant beat a good mixed school so you learn social skills naturally as you grow up.What a shame his cries for help were ignored and that innocent people lost there lives because of it.
He was only five when he left England! His relatives were/are scattered around the globe and his parents divorced soon after they moved to LA. Add mental illness and give him expensive props to manufacture an identity from instead of growing himself one and you get a serious issue. Add guns and i this case ......

I doubt he was isolated from girls growing up in America. And he had a sister too. His story is now all over the internet. His aunt (lives in the south of France) only ever met him 3 times in his life. If he suffered isolation, it was from relatives, not girls.
[quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a lad that was taken away from everything he enjoyed,being isolated from girls in a boys school probably did him no favours you cant beat a good mixed school so you learn social skills naturally as you grow up.What a shame his cries for help were ignored and that innocent people lost there lives because of it.[/p][/quote]He was only five when he left England! His relatives were/are scattered around the globe and his parents divorced soon after they moved to LA. Add mental illness and give him expensive props to manufacture an identity from instead of growing himself one and you get a serious issue. Add guns and i this case ...... I doubt he was isolated from girls growing up in America. And he had a sister too. His story is now all over the internet. His aunt (lives in the south of France) only ever met him 3 times in his life. If he suffered isolation, it was from relatives, not girls. Valerie Paynter
  • Score: 2

1:44pm Mon 26 May 14

firemanste says...

feel sorry for all the victims including his own family who reported his mental health to the authoritys and had been paying for people to help him. but then i ask myself why the hell did he have a gun license and firearms in his possesion.in britain were lucky that our gun laws are strict and thankfully incidents like this here are very rare
feel sorry for all the victims including his own family who reported his mental health to the authoritys and had been paying for people to help him. but then i ask myself why the hell did he have a gun license and firearms in his possesion.in britain were lucky that our gun laws are strict and thankfully incidents like this here are very rare firemanste
  • Score: 2

1:55pm Mon 26 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Maybe if the kids at these schools had been a little more inclusive, then the 'outsiders' wouldn't be causing problems of this magnitude?

Even weirdos have feelings......
Maybe if the kids at these schools had been a little more inclusive, then the 'outsiders' wouldn't be causing problems of this magnitude? Even weirdos have feelings...... ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 2

12:01pm Tue 27 May 14

Andy R says...

tykemison wrote:
What an absolute molly coddled, spoilt little brat. I am sorry I normally have compassionate views but I find this sickening state of affairs has a certain amount of irony to it.Spoilt rich kid who's Daddy produces violent dross which normalises violence has a tantrum and murders multiple innocent victims and surprise, surprise, people predictably blame the USA's historic gun laws.If it was not for institutions like the NRA those useless democrats would ban citizens right to arms and the only people with guns would be criminal scum and it would be a massacre, it's not as simple as you are led to believe, good people not owning guns would turn America into a bloodbath.RIP all those who sadly were murdered by a spoilt beast.
Crikey! Can anyone else hear duelling banjos......?
[quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: What an absolute molly coddled, spoilt little brat. I am sorry I normally have compassionate views but I find this sickening state of affairs has a certain amount of irony to it.Spoilt rich kid who's Daddy produces violent dross which normalises violence has a tantrum and murders multiple innocent victims and surprise, surprise, people predictably blame the USA's historic gun laws.If it was not for institutions like the NRA those useless democrats would ban citizens right to arms and the only people with guns would be criminal scum and it would be a massacre, it's not as simple as you are led to believe, good people not owning guns would turn America into a bloodbath.RIP all those who sadly were murdered by a spoilt beast.[/p][/quote]Crikey! Can anyone else hear duelling banjos......? Andy R
  • Score: 2

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