Media coverage of this story demonstrates an alarming naivete about stalkers. The television has been on all day, and I am astonished at the uninformed reactions to George Sodini’s infamous blog posts. Some media outlets consulted with mental health professionals who have called him everything from a sociopath to a psychopath to an angry, anti-social loner. The FBI says he had the “profile of a shooter.” Why can’t all these experts tell it like it is? He was a misogynistic, sexually-frustrated stalker.
Did anybody read his blog? It’s pretty clear about his intent to go on a shooting rampage and to commit suicide on August 4, 2009. Hard to miss. He lists the date of his death at the top of the page in bold letters.
There’s also clear indication he didn’t just snap. He’d been planning this for at least a year. Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffat said, “I don’t think anyone could have stopped him.” Give me a break. Read these blog entries. It lists date, place, means, and motive. They had nine months to stop him.
His November 5, 2008 post says:
Planned to do this in the summer but figure to stick around to see the election outcome. . .this exit plan was already planned.
On December 28, he wrote:
I will shoot for Tuesday, January 6, 2009, at maybe 8:15. I have list of to-do items to make.
On December 31, he wrote:
I hope it doesn’t snow on Tuesday. Just thought of that. The crowd will be thin so I would postpone.
On January 5, 2009, he wrote:
Was at the gym [he belonged to LA Fitness] to lift. Very crowded. Tomorrow should be good. There is a woman there that gives me a certain look every time I am there. I decided to walk over and make a comment. . .but she left when I finished the exercise. . .One or two dates with her, then the end.
On January 6, he wrote:
It is 8:45PM: I chickened out!. . .I brought the loaded guns, everything.
He had a date on May 18, 2009, but spent July 4 alone. On July 20, he got a promotion and a raise; he wrote:
New boss is great. . .Girls and women don’t even give me a second look ANYWHERE. There is something BLATANTLY wrong with me that NO goddam person will tell me what it is.
A misogynistic attitude about women does tend to have a chilling effect on a man’s love life.
On August 3, he was clear as a bell about his intent:
I took off today, Monday, and tomorrow to practice my routine and make sure it is well polished. I need to work out every detail, there is only one shot. . .Tomorrow is the big day. . .Last time I tried this, in January, I chickened out. . .Maybe soon, I will see God and Jesus.
. . .any of the “Practice Papers” left on my coffee table I used or the notes in my gym bag can be published freely. I will not be embarased (sic), because, well, I will be dead. . .
Law firms do due diligence on everything. Somebody had to have read this blog. It is very easy to find. It’s his name.
His “poor me” laments about his inability to get a date include numerous misogynistic references to women. He didn’t respect his mother, and he sees women essentially as instruments for his own sexual gratification. On his web site’s home page, there is a photo taken during his vacation to Los Angeles of a woman sunbathing. Next to her photo, he wrote:
Sure, just take off your clothes, ain’t nobody goin’ to bother you, honey. Except for a bold pigeon…
She is not my girlfriend. Seems you can do what you want in LA, this didn’t seem unusual.
The cops claim he didn’t target anyone in the aerobics class. This doesn’t square with his January 5 post or the fact that he had circled the class on his copy of the gym schedule. Look at his January 5 entry again ~ the day before he planned to carry out his shooting rampage:
There is a woman there that gives me a certain look every time I am there. . .One or two dates with her, then the end.
Sodini made three trips to LA Fitness in Bridgeville, PA (suburb of Pittsburgh) on Tuesday. He was armed with four handguns. He shot 36 rounds. Four people are dead.
This is what a stalker looks like, folks. We can no longer stick our heads in the sand and pretend we can’t prevent these tragedies. This is why we feminists get cranky about misogynistic attitudes.