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May 26, 2014

Deputies didn't see videos before rampage

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“In this case, the red flags were so big the killer’s parents had called police ... and yet the system failed,” she said.

Rodger, writing in a manifesto, said he was relieved his apartment wasn’t searched because deputies would have uncovered the cache of weapons he used in the beach town rampage Friday in which he killed six people and then, authorities say, himself.

He posted at least 22 YouTube videos. He wrote in his manifesto that he uploaded most of his videos in the week leading up to April 26, when he originally planned to carry out his attacks. He postponed his plan after catching a cold.

Because many of the videos were removed from YouTube then re-added in the week leading up to the killings, it’s unclear which of the videos alarmed his family, or whether others were reported that were not uploaded again.

In a last-minute bid to intervene, Rodger’s parents raced to his home Friday night after his mother saw his online threats, but the couple heard the news of a shooting on the radio as they were on the freeway, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.

Family friend Simon Astaire told the newspaper that Elliot Rodger’s mother, Chin Rodger, got a call from her son’s therapist shortly before the shooting started that he had emailed his ranting manifesto. Then, the mother found the YouTube video in which he threatens to kill people. She alerted authorities and set off frantically with her ex-husband, Hollywood director Peter Rodger.

But by the time they arrived, officers confirmed their son had gone on a deadly rampage. Elliot Rodger played the video game “World of Warcraft,” but the family never suspected he would have guns, said Astaire, who was speaking on behalf of the family.

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