At least one of the victims' acquaintances has expressed anger over the intense focus on
"It makes me sick seeing those videos over and over again," said Matt Moore, who went to high school with one of the victims, Christopher Michaels-Martinez. "By continuously showing the videos and stuff, you're putting the limelight on him and not the people he killed.... I want to remember Chris."
Added Marek Schmidt, a
Rodger, 22, left behind videos and writings that vividly describe his life, his anger and his plan to kill people in the college town.
Rodger's "My Twisted World" presents his misogynistic views in the context of an intensely personal autobiography. He recounts blowing out the candles and wearing a wizard hat at his Disney-themed sixth birthday. He remembers seeing a naked woman for the first time in an
Academics who study mass murder said the more coverage his screed gets, the more likely other troubled people might see acts of violence as a way to attract similar attention.
"Knowing that people will talk about you afterward is a very important component for these mass murderers," said Ron Avi Astor, a professor of social work and education at USC. "It's how they'll be remembered, and it seems to be an external way their life will have meaning."
Crime expert James Alan Fox said mass murderers typically leave writings as a form of justification.
"It's very important [to them] that the world doesn't view them as some nut that killed for no reason," said Fox, who has written several books on mass shootings. "In their minds, they are good guys."
On Tuesday, about 20,000 people attended an afternoon memorial at Harder Stadium, where UC President Janet Napolitano spoke: "We are grieving together today as a family."
One of the most emotional moments in the service came when Michaels-Martinez's father demanded stronger gun-control laws.