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Old 05-29-2014, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Links17 View Post
I did, I don't see that. The divorce seems like the major incident.
From the article:

"Yet even in the midst of happiness he developed a sense of social exclusion that would intensify in later years. Describing his time at Dorset House, he complained that the school was “too strict”. He recalled: “My least favourite part of it was the football sessions. I never understood the game and I could never keep up with the other boys…”

It was to this period that he frequently returned in his thoughts, describing his experiences on the school sports field as “the first inkling of my shortcomings”. Those shortcomings would eventually give way to feelings of alienation and self-pity, which came to manifest themselves in a hatred of women, whom Rodger believed had slighted and ignored him."

This was before the divorce.
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:37 PM
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He hated women, he had an untreated mental illness which produced irrational thoughts and absence of empathy, and had access to deadly weapons. Those are the three things which led him to do what he did. Divorce may well have been a stressor, but it's not sufficient to cause anyone to kill people. Many people have many more life stressors than he did, without becoming murderers.

As for the "mass murderers often come from families with divorce" - remember that divorce isn't an event which just happens randomly for no reason. It's often (not always) an indicator of some major dysfunction with one or both of the parents which pre-existed the divorce, including substance abuse, domestic violence, or other untreated mental illnesses.

Saying divorce causes violent behavior is like saying police cars cause major traffic accidents, because when you see a multivenicle pileup on the highway, there's usually a cop in the vicinity.
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