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US: LA Gym shooter kept online diary,

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posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 07:18 PM
A 49-year-old man, George Sodini, has been named as the LA gym shooter who shot 12 women then turned the gun on himself. His killing spree left 3 women dead and 11 others in the hospital, some suffering multiple gunshot wounds.

August 13, 2009 by Julie Smith

On the 5th of August 2009 George Sodini walked in to the LA gym, Turned off the lights and opened fire.

George kept a disturbing online Diary which had told of his plans since January 2009, this was no random attack but a fully thought out one that he had planned and wrote about for a long time.

George appears to have been a loner; desperately trying to seek out women and not getting the attention he felt he should have gained. He often refers to women not wanting him and his obsession with watching them.

He classed himself as a good looking well kept man that should not have an issue finding a woman, but went on to say that he felt ignored and always the “nice guy”.

Sodini, a computer systems analyst, wrote the last installment for his online diary on August 3, 2009, it stated that he had taken days of work to make sure his plan was perfect, and in a chilling line stated that he had a trial run of it,

He wrote...

“I took off today, Monday, and tomorrow to practice my routine and make sure it is well polished. I need to work out every detail; there is only one shot. Also I need to be completely immersed into something before I can be successful.”

His diary reads as a lonely and desperate man, He often refers to his childhood and his father not being there for him, not giving him the love that he feels that he should have. Sodini even goes as far as blaming his father for the way he turned out, stating on July 23rd in the writings

“Dad, old man, for TOTALLY ignoring me through the years. All of you DEEPLY helped me be this way.”

According to Georges writings he was meant to carry out this attack much earlier in the year, He had planned to carry out the brutal shooting in January of 2009 even down to the time that he would carry the act of violence out, In the diary he states at 6.30pm on January 6th he only had an hour and a half till his plan would be in full force, at 8.45 he came back online to update he diary and told that he had not been able to carry out the attack saying that he had “Chickened out”.

This startling diary all started on November 5, 2008 and was quite consistent all the way through to his plan finally surfaced in to a shocking murder leading to his own suicide.

On Tuesday night George walked in to the LA Gym to a small room that was about 20ft by 20ft in the middle of a Latin dance class, where up to 30 women where enjoying there weekly exercise, Carrying a bag that almost right away made him look out of place. According to witness he obviously knew where he was going as he just walked right in.

He proceeded to the light switch without saying a word then carried out a shocking attack that would have fellow gym members running for there lives, Its believed he carried 2 guns and fired a possible 50 rounds before turning the gun on himself, slumping to the floor, Police found 4 guns on the scene.

Panic raged through the Gym located in Bridgeville, a community of about 5,000 residents. Witness’s speak of absolute mayhem, People running and falling off treadmills, Others running out of the building and in to the nearby woods, People were running for there life’s and trying to get as far away as possible.

Three women where shot dead, the victims were named as Heidi Overmier, 46, who worked as a sales manager, Jody Billingsley, 37, and Elizabeth Gannon, 49, an X-ray technician at Allegheny General Hospital. It’s believed that none of the women knew George Sodini...

It has also come to light that Sodini also made videos via youtube. Posting at least 2 of himself. February 29, 2008 he made a Youtube Video taking his camera on a detailed view of his home. Sodini, a sex obsessed man took the camera to his coffee table that shows an arrangement of books, including one seen 'Date younger women'

His online diary tells that he had not had sex since 1990 and that his last relationship was in the late 80’s

The Video goes on to show his bedroom, which appears crisp and clean. He makes a comment that “‘she’ll be impressed', But never refers to who he may have been talking about.

(click to open player in new window)

The second of the videos posted on June 23, 2008 called “Hide from emotions”
He appears upbeat and confident, and talks about how he needs to be for a younger women, He says “My objective is to be real and to learn to be emotional and to be able to emotionally connect with people”

(click to open player in new window)

In a calculated effort it seems Sodini posted his online diary just days before he carried out the shooting, He wanted it to be found after the attack concluding:

“Also, any of the "Practice Papers" left on my coffee table I used or the notes in my gym bag can be published freely. I will not be embarrassed, because, well, I will be dead. Some people like to study that stuff. Maybe all this will shed insight on why some people just cannot make things happen in their life, which can potentially benefit others. “

And finishing with the comment

“Death lives”

The diary reveals his feeling of isolation and his doubts over whether he could continue in life. Which we all now know he could not…

The LA fitness center said in a statement 'Each of us in the LA Fitness family are shocked and saddened by the senseless acts of violence that took place.'
As in any event such as this it will cause much debate, with topics such as do gun laws need to be reevaluated?

Did George Sodini have a record of mental health?

Are there Gaps in the U.S. system for treating mental health issues?

Could this have been prevented?

Sodini also seemed to have been influenced by the Love Guru Done Steele, another interesting aspect that may come to light in the coming days. According to psychiatrists it remains unclear where the line lies that separates lonely from homicidal. It’s a fine line and one that cannot often be determined until a tragic event like this takes place.

A member from, kosmicjack, brings up interesting points on George Sodini saying:

“Obviously every lonely guy isn't going to be a killer but certainly many if not most notorious killers have been lonely or emotionally isolated in some way. It seems that something about our society is producing this behavior at an increasing rate. We're pervasively connected by technology at every turn yet isolated by that same technology because it allows people - like Sodini - to rely on the Internet for their social interactions and expectations.

For instance- Facebook and MySpace. It's not real. It's marketing. It's what people want you to see of their lives - it's the "best of" - not how they are day to day. But lonely and misguided people like Sodini, people with poor real life social skills, see it as a reality that they can't measure up to. Some internalize that ineptitude until they snap. Of course they don't all kill but people these days sure are doing more and more crazy stuff for attention and validation.”

Going on to state:

”I fear regular, everyday modern American life played a big part in this guy's unraveling and it makes me very concerned for our future.”

As more of this case unravels over the up and coming months, criminal psychologists will be able to get a greater understanding of the point at which a person stops being a loner and a mentally unstable spree-killer starts, due to the in depth diary’s and videos of George sodini. Although prevention is almost impossible it may help to be able to raise “warning flags” to someone’s mental state.

From Sodini's personal Youtube.

From Sodini's Home site.

***George Sodinis full online diary in text***

[edit on 3-9-2009 by asala]

[edit on 3-9-2009 by asala]

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 07:31 PM
This is one guy that was seriously creepy. No wonder no woman would go out with him.

Still, it makes me wonder just how many more there are like him out there.

[edit on 13-8-2009 by mrwupy]

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 07:49 PM
in his post he ends with "death lives"

just leave it alone and mourn for the passed.

Or you will be fulfilling his final psychotic fantasy.

There are evil people. There always has been.

The rhymes and reasons are all for naught.

Imagine the sheer cowardice of his life that he had

to turn out the lights to fulfill this fantasy.

I hope he is somewhere truly on par with his soul

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 07:50 PM
That dude was crazy like a mofo

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 07:55 PM
His Youtube vid.....

[edit on 13-8-2009 by Better Mouse Trap]

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 08:47 PM
The full diary of Geroge Sodini is linked at the bottom of the OP, It really gives you an insight in to this man leading up to the days before he carried out this attack,

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 08:56 PM
Next time my girlfriend isn't putting out im gonna say "don't make me go unload a few clips into girls at the gym".

I don't care what anybody has to say about this article if they attempt to defend it.

This guy is #in pathetic. First, taking your own life is a pathetic way out. But to walk into a room and attempt to murder upto 20 people, that is sooooooooooooo pathetic. Just makes me sick.

20+ People have had their entire lives ruined cause of this fool, all because he was sexually frustrated. He apparently has money, yet won't "sink so low" as to go get an escort or something? None of the survivors will ever be the same, afraid of going out in public their entire life.

And those who are dead. Well, they've already paid the ultimate price. I will say it one last time, PATHETIC.

posted on Aug, 15 2009 @ 02:23 PM
Well this story has come and gone from the msm, no questions asked. But there is still a lot we don't know:

The Unanswered Questions of the Pittsburgh Fitness Club shooting

--What do we really know about the alleged shooter, George Sodini? We are told he hated women, based solely on his alleged blog postings, though he mostly bemoaned his lack of sex on his blog, without any of the frothing hatred of the opposite sex that one might expect.

--What did he do before he went to work for the law firm of K&L Gates in 1999? That part of his life is completely absent from official accounts. Was he a veteran of the military, as I suspect?

--Was Sodini taking anti-depressant type drugs, as have most of these random shooter types in past decade?

--Why did we hear nothing from his co-workers, friends, or family members as to Sodini's character?

--Why did earwitnesses report about 8-15 shots, when police said 52 shell casing were found on the scene? Why did an eyewitness say he was carrying a short-barrelled rifle, not the pistols that police say he carried in? Did Sodini have gunshot residue on his hands and clothing? Were his fingerprints found on the guns left at the scene?

--Many of the wounded were shot multiple times, which probably means the three dead were also shot more than once. Which means the killer was a trained marksman with considerable skill with his weapons. Did Sodini have the wherewithall to do this?

--Sodini apparently brandished a dummy grenade on a bus five days before the shooting. Why did he not mention on his blog being searched by the police after this incident? Was the Department of Homeland Security notified of this incident? Did the feds become involved before the shooting? Is it just coincidence that his employer K&L Gates has close links with the intelligence community and is actively seeking new contracts with the DHS for their clients?

--Police initially were searching for another suspect. Did they find out which of the wounded victims left a trail of blood out the door of the club into a nearby hillside? Police have identified only four of the nine wounded victims. Was there a male who was also wounded?

-Why did police claim that the suspect said that he intended to kill a lot of people in a cell phone conversation with his mother just before the shooting, and then hastily denied they ever said that the next day?

posted on Aug, 21 2009 @ 07:54 AM
You pose some great questions there starviego, A good many things are coming to light and being somewhat kept quiet,
I shall look in to what answers we can find of the questions that you have brought forward,


Also on another note George Sodini left $225000.00 to the University of Pittsburgh in a will made out in 2007, A University spokesman has said that they we reject the money,

2 of the women injured in the ferocious attack who are still recovering from surgery intend to sue the George Sodni estate.

[edit on 21-8-2009 by asala]

posted on Aug, 22 2010 @ 10:25 PM

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