Police knew about killer's videos before rampage

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Police knew about killer's videos before rampage
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has issued its final report detailing 22-year-old Elliot Rodger's mass killing spree on March 23, 2014.
This undated photo from the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows the driver license photo of Elliott Rodger. Rodger, 22, went on a murderous rampage Friday, May 23, 2014, killing six before dying in a shootout with deputies, in the community of Isla Vista near the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Goleta, Calif., (AP Photo/California DMV)
A note addressed to George Chen, 20, of San Jose, Calif., one of three men found stabbed to death in the apartment of Elliott Rodger, is seen outside the apartment where he lived in the Isla Vista neighborhood of Goleta, Calif., Monday, May 26, 2014. Six people, all students at nearby University of California, Santa Barbara, were killed before Rodger was killed by gunfire in the 10-minute rampage Friday, May 23. (AP Photo/Christopher Weber)
A woman views a sidewalk memorial for Katie Cooper and Veronica Weiss, two of the victims of a shooting rampage by Elliott Rodger, outside the Delta Phi sorority house in the Isla Vista neighborhood of Goleta, Calif., Monday, May 26, 2014. Six people, all students at nearby University of California, Santa Barbara, were killed before Rodger was killed by gunfire in the 10-minute rampage Friday, May 23. (AP Photo/Christopher Weber)
Flowers, photos and a note adorn a sidewalk memorial for Veronica Weiss, who along with Katie Cooper were two of the victims of a shooting rampage by Elliott Rodger, outside a the Delta Phi sorority house, in the Isla Vista neighborhood of Goleta, Calif., Monday, May 26, 2014. Six people, all students at nearby University of California, Santa Barbara, were killed before Rodger was killed by gunfire in the 10-minute rampage Friday, May 23. (AP Photo/Christopher Weber)
A sidewalk memorial includes a note addressed to Katie Cooper and Veronica Weiss, two of the victims of a shooting rampage by Elliott Rodger, outside the Delta Phi sorority house, in the Isla Vista neighborhood of Goleta, Calif., Monday, May 26, 2014. Six people, all students at nearby University of California, Santa Barbara, were killed before Rodger was killed by gunfire in the 10-minute rampage Friday, May 23. (AP Photo/Christopher Weber)
Two students comfort each other during a candlelight vigil held to honor the victims of Friday night's mass shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif. Sheriff's officials say Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
People gather at a park for a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of Friday night's mass shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif. Sheriff's officials say Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A woman places a candle in front of IV Deli Mart, where par of Friday night's mass shooting took place by a drive-by shooter, on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in the beach community of Isla Vista, Calif. Sheriff's officials say Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
People gather at a park for a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of Friday night's mass shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif. Sheriff's officials say Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Students gather for a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of Friday night's mass shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014, on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sheriff's officials say Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near UC Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Students march on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara during a candlelight vigil held to honor the victims of Friday night's mass shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif. Sheriff's officials say Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near UC Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Stephen Nichols arranges flowers left in front of IV Deli Mart, where part of Friday night's mass shooting took place by a drive-by shooter, on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif. Sheriff's officials say Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Students comfort each other during a candlelight vigil held to honor the victims of Friday night's mass shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014, on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sheriff's officials say Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near UC Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Students stand next to a bouquet of flowers during a candlelight vigil held to honor the victims of Friday night's mass shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014, on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sheriff's officials say Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near UC Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
People march on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara during a candlelight vigil held to honor the victims of Friday night's mass shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Sheriff's officials say Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near UC Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Flowers are placed through a bullet hole on a window of IV Deli Mart, where part of Friday night's mass shooting took place by a drive-by shooter, on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif. Sheriff's officials said Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Images of Christopher Martinez are displayed as part of a memorial in front of the IV Deli Mart, where part of Friday night's mass shooting took place, on Sunday, May 25, 2014, in the Isla Vista beach community of Santa Barbara, Calif. Sheriff's officials said Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, pays her respects at a makeshift memorial in front of the IV Deli Mart, where part of Friday night's mass shooting took place by a drive-by shooter Sunday, May 25, 2014 in the Isla Vista area near Goleta, Calif. Calif. Sheriff's officials said Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
A passerby pays his respects at a makeshift memorial in front of the IV Deli Mart, Sunday, May 25, 2014, the scene of a drive-by shooting Friday in the Isla Vista area near Goleta, Calif. Calif. Sheriff's officials said Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Jose Cardoso pays his respects at a makeshift memorial in front of the IV Deli Mart, where part of Friday night's mass shooting took place by a drive-by shooter Sunday, May 25, 2014, in the Isla Vista area near Goleta, Calif. Sheriff's officials said Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Susana Abdurahman pays her respects at a makeshift memorial in front of the IV Deli Mart, where part of Friday night's mass shooting took place by a drive-by shooter Sunday, May 25, 2014, in the Isla Vista area near Goleta, Calif. Sheriff's officials said Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Jose Cardoso pays his respects at a makeshift memorial in front of the IV Deli Mart, where part of Friday night's mass shooting took place by a drive-by shooter Sunday, May 25, 2014, in the Isla Vista area near Goleta, Calif. Sheriff's officials said Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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Sheriff's Deputies Didn't Watch Elliot Rodger's Videos
Although police first said deputies "were unaware" of Elliot Rodger's disturbing videos posted before an even more disturbing rampage, it turns out that's not exactly true.
Sheriff's Deputies Didn't Watch Elliot Rodger's Videos


DIANA PEREZ, ABC ANCHOR: "The guns Rodger used in the killings last Friday were stashed inside that very same apartment at the time, but police never searched the residence or conducted a check to determine if he owned firearms because they didn't consider him a threat."

Police say Rodger stabbed three men to death inside his apartment last week before fatally shooting three other people. He also shot or tried to run over 13 more people with his car. (Via KABC)

On Thursday, the Santa Barbara Sheriff clarified deputies did know about disturbing videos before an April welfare check. They just didn't watch them.

In his self-pitying manifesto "My Twisted World" now posted to Scribd, Rodger wrote of the welfare check.
"I tactfully told them that it was all a misunderstanding, and they finally left. If they had demanded to search my room ... that would have ended everything. For a few horrible seconds I thought it was all over. When they left, the biggest wave of relief swept over me."

ELLIOT RODGER: "I don't know why you girls aren't attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it."
It should be noted the widely-cited YouTube video with Rodger describing what he called his retribution hadn't been posted at the time of the check.

While the sheriff says deputies followed policy during the welfare check on Rodger, mental health experts are questioning why they didn't check the videos when they were the reasons his mother and therapist contacted police in the first place.

The vice president of the LA chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness told the Los Angeles Times, "If somebody was concerned about them enough to report them it would seem to me to be part of the checkup."

The Washington Post reports the sheriff's office didn't return its email seeking comment on the previous statements that said deputies were unaware of Rodger's videos.

A retired police captain who oversaw LAPD's mental health team told the Los Angeles Times watching the videos might not have changed the outcome of the killings, but it would have been part of a thorough investigation.
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