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The "Supreme Gentleman" Killer: The True Story of an Incel Mass Murderer Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B08B7YQLY6
- Publisher : WildBlue Press (March 17, 2020)
- Publication date : March 17, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 667 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 172 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #134,106 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Rodger made the headlines at age 22, when he opened fire on pedestrians in Isla Vista, California, led the police on a brief chase, and then killed himself. His parents were horrified to finally get the full story of their son online, in the form of a 107-page "manifesto." By then it was far too late.
Rodger's twisted egotism led him to label himself a "supreme gentleman," and numerous alienated, angry, resentful young men in this country and abroad identify strongly with his perspective. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the FBI have identified the so-called Incel (involuntarily celibate) philosophy as a form of domestic terrorism.
I hope that those who care about young people, their inner lives, and the values they absorb, will pay close attention to this story and be aware of its warning.
While I found Elliot to be moody, mean, and unlikeable, the author did a good job of making him seem somewhat sympathetic. It was obvious that from a very early time in his life he had emotional problems. We will never know for sure exactly what his problems were and if they were treatable because he was apparently a very skilled liar and never really seemed to have any consistent therapy. But aside from his obvious mental health issues, he was EXTREMELY entitled. I lost count of the number of times he referred to an event in his life as the “most devastating” or having left him “traumatized.” Those words may have been used repeatedly by Elliot himself in his manifesto, but I don’t think the overuse helped. It just felt too repetitive to me.
The biggest problem I had with this book is that Elliot is a completely unreliable narrator. I think the book would have benefitted from more input from people who knew him. The author mentions early on that no one wanted to talk about Elliot, but I find it difficult to believe that. I think it would have broken up the narrative a bit and made it easier to read, not to mention offering an alternate perspective. Was life really as hard for him as he claimed? Was everyone really that mean to him? How much can we rely on the word of this very disturbed young man?
Thank you to BookSirens and the author for an advance copy for an honest review.