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The Secret Life of Elliot Rodger 

A look at the life of Elliot Rodger, the perpetrator of a killing spree in Isla Vista, California on May 23, 2014.


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Episode credited cast:
Yuval David ... Elliot Rodger (voice)
Elliot Rodger Elliot Rodger ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Rodger ... Himself
Barbara Walters ... Herself


Tonight, a "20/20" exclusive, about something that happened this very hour two months ago. And the father of the young killer speaking out only to Barbara Walters. Tonight, she's back on a special assignment. Well, tonight, this is special. A milestone, the first time that a parent of a mass murderer has ever spoken on television. He's doing this to show other parents the warning signs he missed hopefully so that no one has to go through the night that changed his life and so many others, forever. Barbara Walters interviews Peter Rodger. Jennifer Joseph and Muriel Pearson produce the special. Yuval David does voice over, reading from the manifesto of killer Elliot Rodger. Written by ABC 20/20

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27 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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A very interesting and tragic look at Elliot
19 February 2017 | by bazmitch23See all my reviews

I saw this episode on YouTube.

Barbara Walters interviews Peter Rodger, father of the Isla Vista killer. Peter is good person, whereas the fathers of killers are often abusive, or killers themselves.

The Rodgers never had a killer in their family, until that fateful day on May 23rd 2014.

The episode shows Elliot's background. His father was directing commercials and his stepmother was an actress. The Rodgers had it all, they were very rich, yet Elliot was quite greedy, even as a child.

Peter and his wife sent Elliot from school to school, hoping that he would fit in with the other kids, but it wasn't meant to be.

Barbara asks Peter whether Elliot was autistic, Peter answers that Elliot wasn't fully diagnosed, but showed certain traits of Asperger's.

I think maybe Elliot had Asperger's, which is why he didn't fit in at school.

As somebody with Asperger's myself, I can relate to that. I was very shy and didn't fit in with the other kids. They were into football and horseplay, and being an Aspie, they were out of my league.

We then move onto Elliot's discovery and fascination with sex. But he could never have a girlfriend due to his social awkwardness. Even though is possible for socially awkward people to fall in love.

The problem with Elliot was that he was very narcissistic. In his manifesto, he bragged on about how great he was, which was a major turn off.

He was also incredibly racist, due to his dislike of his Moroccan step mother. He also thought girls didn't like him because he was part Asian.

Elliot lived by his own logic, and thought everyone should have the same opinions he did.

Rather than seeking help from his friends or family to get a girlfriend, Elliot had to do the selfish thing and take other peoples' lives.

"All for the crime of living a better life than me," says Elliot in his Retribution video.

Elliot Rodger's life would make a great biopic, though.

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