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With some crimes, you truly wonder if the criminal is indeed a human being — or simply an animal with a gun.

At 8:15 PM on an ordinary summer Tuesday in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, a man entered an LA Fitness’ aerobics class with a duffel bag, shut off the lights, and fired bullets into the room of trainees.  George Sodini, a 48-year-old systems analyst, didn’t open fire in a random spur of violence — he was specifically targeting women.

“He targeted this aerobics class,” said Allegheny County police Superintendent Charles Moffatt. “He had this class circled on a schedule in his home.”

Sodini killed three women, wounded five others, and finished by killing himself.  One of the victims, the class’ instructor, had just announced her pregnancy.

Like angry people tend to do, Sodini placed blame on others for the troubles in his life.  The troubles from his perspective were caused by women and how they’ve rejected him over the years.  With a blog in his name, Sodini made very clear his infuriation with women, stating openly that he hadn’t had sex in nearly 20 years.

Read the rest of the story here (Fox News).

There is no correlation between lack of sex and murder.  What we have here, is a man who had no real reason for what he did.  Hating women was simply an illusion Sodini had, which masked the deep-rooted problem he had: lack of benevolence toward humanity.

This is a godless man who floated in a disconnect between humanity and digital noise.  His most intimate interaction (that is publicly known) was with his blog.  His targeting of women and the blank, indiscriminate killings show he long ago burned his bridges with humankind.  At the end of his actions, Sodini took his own life — the surest way to avoid the courts and jailtime, thereby eliminating the particular closure some need to cope with the death of a loved one. Instead of committing a crime and being arrested, Sodini likened himself to a tornado: a natural force that cannot be reasoned with, destroying lives, and then disappearing into air without explanation. A suicide at the scene of the crime is not the same as jailtime or state execution; it was all part of his plan, which indeed came to fruition.  Sodini successfully escaped justice.

What he left behind is an unquantifiable mess of horror and grief.  Because Sodini indiscriminately declared war on a gender, he created unforgettable memories that will haunt the people of that gym, especially the women, who know that this man came for their blood.

It is difficult to stop society’s outliers especially when they do, in fact, hold a stable job and don’t physically appear to be threatening.  If more people would flag blogs like his — ones that actually outline his precise plans and intent — then hopefully we can prevent crimes such as this.  It is maddening that Sodini targeted women in his vicious shooting spree, but it is also sickening how someone can degrade into a defunct shell of a human.

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