During an interview with Barbara Walters that aired Friday night on ABC, Peter Rodger said his son, Elliot, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound May 23 to end the massacre, was not evil but he was very sick.
Hours before the shooting, Elliot emailed his father his 137-page manifesto titled "My Twisted World." Shortly thereafter, Rodger watched a YouTube video his son made in which he said he would have his retribution for girls not being sexually attracted him.
He and other members of the family jumped into their cars and rushed to his son’s apartment while frantically calling his cellphone, but had no success, he said. It was already too late. Elliot had carried out his plans and was dead.
His son hid his pain well, but never did Rodger suspect such deadly rage was building, he said.
There were, however, major signs something was wrong. Elliot's mother even called authorities to check on him at his apartment when she found one of his YouTube videos.
Satisfied Elliot was OK, authorities left his apartment without checking for guns.
In an open letter, first given to ABC News, Rodger said: “My duty now is to do as much as I can to try and stop this from happening again. Too many lives are being lost.”