Thursday 30 March 2017

A terrible tragedy that has turned into a gender debate

'Elliott Rodger's murder spree in the USA may be more to do with his mental illness, than the gender divide'

Women pray in front of a makeshift memorial for UCSB student Christopher Michael-Martinez, one of seven people killed after the drive-by shootings in Santa Barbara. Photo: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Women pray in front of a makeshift memorial for UCSB student Christopher Michael-Martinez, one of seven people killed after the drive-by shootings in Santa Barbara. Photo: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Prof Patricia Casey

THE murderous rampage of Elliot Rodger last week in Santa Barbara, California, left seven dead, including Rodger himself, and 13 injured.

Twenty-two year old Rodger, according to reports, was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome as a child and has had extensive therapy throughout his short life.

His parents separated when he was seven. It is unclear whom he lived with thereafter.

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