After three deaths, all that is left is a stream of videos on YouTube to provide a few scattered footprints that tell authorities what led George Sodini to take those first steps into L.A Fitness before his shooting spree.
George Sodini, 48, fatally shot three women on Tuesday upon entering a L.A Fitness before taking the gun upon himself. Nobody knows exactly what promoted the shootings, nor what happened in the private gym, but clues left by him and inferences by those “close” to him give some insight into this killer’s mind.
Sodini had been attending weekly self-help meetings taught by Erin Micklow, 20, on how to date women. When questioned, Micklow, a model and actress, reported that Sodini was the perfect student and described him as “the most studious in the workshops.” The workshops were designed to teach men how to “pick women’s brains” and to “know what they were thinking” in order to get a girlfriend. Micklow described the other men as much more “loosened up” by the end of the workshops, but Sodini appeared to be just as anxious and nervous as he was when he started.
After the murder, videos made by Sodini surfaced on the Internet. Some were made as assignments of the workshops, like tours of his home, and others were of the workshop itself. Online diaries of Sodini’s revealed that he was hopelessly lonely and desperate for companionship. He seemed completely void of any glimmer of hope that he would be able to attract a women and was quoted saying, “There is something BLATANTLY wrong with me that NO person will tell me what it is.” The diaries also detailed his plan to attack women in the gym.
The shooting victims were taken to three local hospitals, where three of the women were pronounced dead. Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt says that police have no knowledge of whether Sodini had mental health issues or not, and are still puzzled by the sudden outbreak of violence stating, “I can’t ever make sense of murders.”