More spooky stuff coming in about the Pennsylvania fitness club shooter who cut down
46 year-old Heidi Overmier, a single mom active in her Methodist church; 37-year-old Jody Billingsley and 49-year-old Betsy Gannon - a lifelong resident of the area
when he sprayed their aerobics class with bullets, wounding another 9 women before turning his gun on himself.
In a video called “Hide from Emotion” posted on June 23, 2008, Sodini stands in his basement in front of his punch bag and explains his attempts to quell his angst.
He says he wants to be able to share better relationships. “My object is to be able to emotionally connect with people," he said.
Then he looks directly into the camera and says: “It is easy for me to hide from my emotions for one more day: take a long drive in the car, listen to some music, daydream or just do some mundane task around the house that doesn’t really need to be done, that’s not too important.
“And there you go, that’s one more day and one more day turns into one more year.”
Again, I see a fit, attractive, articulate, well-groomed man, obviously educated and financially-secure. Okay, so he's a little nerdy. But so what?
On the surface, he seems to be a catch, although one of the videos reveals a book on the coffee table that tells older men how to date younger women. But again, so what? Lots of men do that -- and they don't turn into mass murderers.
Why do I get the feeling that we're going to be hearing a lot more about Sodini? Like maybe he was a stalker or something. He must have done something to give women the wrong vibe.
Two more things.
One, it seems that Sodini attempted to call his mother before he opened fire on the female gym members.
Two, not only do his blog postings reveal his racism, but also Soldini was into some heavy duty fundamentalist stuff.
Media analysis has so far ignored or glossed over Sodini's religious
affiliations but the shooter's Internet diary suggest his last readings
were the Bible and a book by a Texas evangelist, R.B. Thieme, Jr. who
has written that husbands own their wives, as literal property and
promoted an odd teaching that for each man on Earth there exists only
one correct "right woman" in all creation.
According to Thieme, men can recognize their divinely-appointed opposites without physical contact, through something Thieme called "soul climax" [ see R.B. Thieme, Jr.'s "Doctrines of The Bible: Doctrine of Right Man and Right Woman" (Microsoft Word Document format) ]
According to R.B. Thieme Jr.'s Right Man/Right Woman doctrine, "there is only one right man for one right woman
and vice versa, 1 Cor 7:2-4." Thieme's doctrine was decidedly
male-centric: "The husband is the authority in marriage". It also
suggested women civilize savage males: "God protects women from tyranny
by the training of the little boy by his mother. His mother teaches the
man respect for womanhood, and keeps him from becoming an animal."
Thieme wrote that, "God always brings the right woman to the right man.... [ Bible] Doctrine is your right woman until God leads her to you." [ emphasis by R.B. Thieme, Jr. ]
Thieme also declared that "Bitchiness in a woman is an indication of the wrong woman," and his doctrine claimed that prospective "right men" could intuit their respective "right women" through something Thieme termed a "soul climax." But, pastor Thieme emphasized, "Sex before marriage destroys your capacity to have a soul climax."
Well, we know Sodini wasn't having any sex at all.
Looks like he had his climax firing his deadly arsenal.
UPPITY WOMAN DATE: The Christian Science Monitor names this for what it is.
From his hatred of his mother, whom he refers to as "vicious" and "vindictive," to his despair over his inability to attract women, Mr. Sodini fits the mold of a classic misogynist. "I actually look good. I dress good, am clean-shaven, bathe, touch of cologne – yet 30 million women rejected me ...." he writes.
Misogyny has been around since almost as long as men and women have. The first poem written in Greek that still exists is called "Woman." Its author is anonymous, and it amounts to a harangue against the female sex.
While the gender-equality movement has made strides in the past century when it comes to some of the more blatant forms of societal misogyny, such as banning women from academic and professional settings, misogyny persists in American and other cultures around the world, according to historians.
"This killer fits into a long pattern of males who harbor hatred towards all women, the image of 'woman,' and towards individual real women, and who take out their frustration on a female scapegoat," says David Gilmore, an anthropology professor at Stony Brook University in New York and author of "Misogyny: the Male Malady."
Professor Gilmore cites two main reasons for the existence of misogyny. One is that women are still, by and large, the primary caretakers of children. As such, they are responsible for both gratification and, in some cases, great frustration. In his blog, Sodini refers to his mother as "the Boss above all other Bosses."
"She actually thinks she's normal," he wrote. "Her way and only her way with no flexibility toward everyone in the household. A power and control thing."
Another primary cause of misogyny has to do with a lack of recognition from women or a series of rejections by them. "For the man, a lot is tied up with his sexual/romantic success because that's a measure of him as a man," says Gilmore. "It's an insult to your manhood, as well as your sense of self ... to meet with rejections."