Killer Elliot Rodger blamed childhood crush Monette Moio for his violent hatred of women; friend says he talked about raping women
College campus killer Elliot Rodger blamed his violent misogyny on a pretty former childhood friend who went
on to become his vision of all “mean, cruel and heartless” women.
Rodger became obsessed with Monette Moio, a fellow British expat and now-model, who was in seventh grade
while he was eighth in the same California private school, according to his chilling manifesto.
In the twisted document, Rodger admitted he had a crush on the girl, but the feeling was apparently
not reciprocated, and he hated her for it.
“My experience during Middle School really darkened my view of the world, and it would only get
darker from then on, as I suffered more and more. The way I was treated by girls at this time,
especially by that evil b***h … sparked an intense fear of girls,” wrote Rodger, 22, in his rambling 141-page manifesto.
But the girl’s father, veteran Hollywood stuntman John Moio, said she only “vaguely
remembers him” and was far too young to have been one of the “mean, cruel, and heartless creatures” that Rodger railed against.
“He called her a bully. She was just a little petite girl of just 10 years old,” Mr Moio, 75, said.
Mr Moio said he spoke with his daughter after her name surfaced in Rodger’s manifesto.
“He was [a year] older. She remembers him being odd, that’s it,” the dad said.
“She’s devastated over the whole thing,’ he told the Daily Mail. “It’s like she’s being
implicated in this terrible tragedy for something she hasn’t done and can’t remember.”
He said his daughter wasn’t a bully.
“How is a ten-year-old girl going to bully a 12-year-old boy? Maybe the girls she hung around with did poke fun at him, but they were kids.
“My daughter was not a bully, she’s one of the sweetest people you could ever meet. She
probably rejected his aggressive advances. If you want to call that bullying then fine.”
Prior to the killings that left six innocent victims dead in the California college town
of Santa Barbara, Rodger had allegedly told a friend that he wanted to hold down and rape women, the friend’s mother has revealed.
Cathleen Bloeser, whose son Philip was a childhood friend of the killer, told Mail Online that
Rodger had “changed emotionally, and he’d become very despondent and he wanted to get back at people.”
Mrs Bloeser said Rodger had told her son he wanted to sexually assault women and that he had invited
him to stay with him the weekend of the murders.
“I have a feeling that they would have been right there as a part of it and shot as well,” she said.
Philip Bloeser was among 30 people who received the chilling manifesto by email from Rodger seconds
before he began his deadly rampage.
In the document, titled “My Twisted World”, Rodger outlined his plans to take vengeance against those
female students who had rejected him.
Writing about the childhood friend he accused of turning him against women, Rodger said: “She was
the first girl I ever had a crush on, and I never admitted it to anyone. To be teased and ridiculed
by the girl I had a crush on wounded me deeply. The world that I grew up thinking was bright and blissful
was all over. I was living in a depraved world, and I didn’t want to accept it. I didn’t want to give any
thought to it. That is why I immersed myself entirely into my online games like World of Warcraft. I felt safe there.”
The girl went on to a career in modelling, and her brother had a small role in the Hunger Games.
Rodger’s dad, Peter Rodger, worked on the 2012 blockbuster Hunger Games as a second unit director,
collecting background shots and scenery footage.
After learning about the manifesto the night of the killing, Peter Rodger and his ex-wife
Lichin called 911 and set off for Santa Barbara from Los Angeles.
En route, they heard there was a shooting. Later that night, they found
out their son was behind the violence.