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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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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A gunman who killed six University of California, Santa Barbara students searched online for ways to silently kill before using knives to stab to death his first three victims, one of them 94 times, according to a sheriff's department report.

Stab and slash marks on a fitted sheet and several pillows suggest 22-year-old Elliot Rodger rehearsed his actions. In a final handwritten journal entry dated that day, he wrote: "This is it. In one hour I will have my revenge on this cruel world. I HATE YOU ALLLL! DIE."

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office released the 64-page report Thursday summarizing the results of their investigation into the May 23 rampage and providing new details on how Rodger, the son of a Hollywood director, killed his two roommates and their friend in his apartment, gunned down two women outside a sorority and killed a sixth person. Fourteen people were also injured.

Rodger used two long fixed-blade knives, including a nearly 9-inch boar hunting knife, to kill roommates James Hong and Weihan "David" Wang, both 20, and a visiting friend, George Chen, 19. Chen was stabbed 94 times, according to the report. Rodger had been randomly assigned to share the Isla Vista apartment with Hong and Wang.

Rodger searched online for "quiet silent kill with a knife" before likely ambushing each and stabbing them.

The Isla Vista rampage was foreshadowed by a chilling Internet video in which he vowed to his victims that he would "take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you."

The families of Hong, Wang and Chen have criticized the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office for not telling them how they believe the killings were carried out, and said they are angered by public health and legal systems that they said value the rights of the mentally ill, including Rodger, over those who may become their victims.

"It's Chinese New Year today and that is the most important day in the Chinese calendar," said attorney Todd Becker. "All of our clients are of Chinese descent and it's really an inappropriate day for this information to be released by the Sheriff's Department."

Becker said the families, upon learning of the impending release, had asked sheriff's officials to delay for the holiday.

Rodger raced through Isla Vista in his black BMW, engaging deputies in two separate shootouts and leaving a trail of bloodshed that ended with him shooting himself in the head before crashing into a parked car. Inside the car deputies found three semi-automatic handguns with 400 unspent rounds. All were purchased legally.

The rampage happened hours after he looked into a video camera and warned in a disturbing Internet video that he would slaughter those with a good life - especially women who shunned him, leaving him a 22-year-old virgin, authorities said.

He also left a 137-page manifesto in which he detailed his life and his disappointments with his family and women.

A representative for Rodger's family did not immediately comment on the report's release.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office deputies were criticized for not searching Elliot Rodger's apartment for weapons during a welfare check weeks prior to the rampage when his parents became concerned about his postings on YouTube.

The incident spurred state lawmakers to enact the nation's first law that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat. And lawmakers also bolstered firearm safety and added rules for ammunition sales.

The new laws include required law enforcement agencies to develop policies that encourage officers to search the state's database of gun purchases when checking on whether someone may be a danger to themselves or others.

Sheriff Bill Brown said in a write-up prefacing the report that the case was very unusual because of the detailed written and video-taped records that indicated he "clearly suffered from significant mental illness that ultimately resulted in homicidal and suicidal rage." Brown said he hoped a review of the findings by mental health professionals and the FBI's Behavior Research and Instruction Unit will help develop better practices to ID, intervene and treat such issues.

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