A MAN accused of murdering 10 people in a van rampage is an ‘incel’ who wished he had killed more attractive women, a court was told.
Alek Minassian, 28, was described an 'emotionless' part of the involuntary celibate – or ‘incel’ – online subculture of sexually frustrated men.
He is accused of driving a rental van into crowds of pedestrians in a busy north Toronto neighbourhood, killing eight women and two men aged from 22 to 94.
Minassian has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder and argues he was not criminally responsible due to autism.
Dr. Rebecca Chauhan, a forensic psychiatrist helping Minassian’s defence, interviewed him three times in September 2018.
Minassian told her he became fixated on mass murders in high school as a way to deal with girls' rejection and being bullied, CBC reports.
"He said he was, these are his words, 'wishing for more female victims' and hoping there would be more young, attractive females in particular," Chauhan said.
The psychiatrist said Minassian he told her the attack was "worth it” and “he talked about feeling happy that he had managed to get attention”.
In 2016 Minassian, who said he never had a girlfriend and was a virgin, became aware of Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old who went on a rampage in California in May 2014, said Dr Chauhan.
Rodger killed six people and hurt 14 others before killing himself and in a "manifesto" said the attacks were retribution against women and the men who date them.
By late 2017 he was "obsessed" with Rodger and read his "manifesto" repeatedly.
Who are incels?
The term “incel” means involuntary celibate and refers to young males who have never had sex – some of whom want to strike out at the world because they have been rejected by girls.
The community gained worldwide attention when British-born student Elliot Rodger, 22, murdered six people at the University of California in 2014.
The warped motive behind the killings were exposed in a chilling YouTube video and in a sickening “massacre manifesto” in which he mentioned girls such as young model Monette Moio, 20, who he called an "evil bitch" for spurning his advances.
The incel community has its own distinct lingo which helps define their warped world view.
A Chad is a “male who is genetically superior, who has a strong jaw line, is tall with a low square hair line and has nice teeth.”
A Stacey is a female with an “hour-glass figure with big breasts” who is attracted to Chads.
Black pill refers to incels believing the “true nature of reality” is that they are destined to be bottom of the genetic pile.
Incels refer to people who are able to maintain normal sexual relationships as 'normies'
"He talked about parallels: both had autism, struggled with relationships with females and experienced loneliness," she said.
“He talked about his lack of a girlfriend always being on his mind.”
The trial previously heard that in a lengthy interview, Minassian told cops the attack was retribution against society because he was a lonely virgin who believed women wouldn’t have sex with him.
Chauhan said Minassian felt like girls were talking behind his back and laughing at him, Vice reports.
In response in high school he developed a “goofy act” including putting on a silly voice and “he would talk about how he loved males,” Chauhan said.
During that time when he felt particularly down, he would do internet searches on primarily school shootings, high school shootings, and general mass shootings.
Footage taken at the time shows a hero cop refusing to shoot Minassian and eventually disarming him.
Chauhan said when Minassian discussed the killing spree and its aftermath “there was no emotion”.
“It was my view that he really did suffer with some amount of ‘mind blindness,” she said.
“He seemed to struggle with fully grasping the internal world of other people and why other people would be so distressed.”
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