Florida yoga shooter spouted misogynistic, racist views on YouTube

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By Kalhan Rosenblatt and Brandy Zadrozny

Scott Beierle, 40, the man who killed two women at a Tallahassee, Florida, yoga studio before apparently killing himself, appeared to have posted dozens of misogynistic and racist videos and songs to YouTube and SoundCloud prior to the attack.

Tallahassee Police identified Beierle as the shooter who killed Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21, and injured several people inside Hot Yoga before turning the gun on himself on Friday.

An account that appears to be Beierle’s, posted several grainy, dimly-lit videos four years ago, which show Beierle discussing his misogyny, his racist beliefs that interracial couples stemmed from mental illness, and said women who are promiscuous should be crucified.

Image: Scott Beierle
Florida yoga studio gunman Scott Beierle is seen in this mugshot from 2016.Leon County Sheriff’s Office

Beierle’s 17 videos only received a handful of views and his channel only had three subscribers as of Saturday before his accounted was removed by YouTube. His videos were first reported by BuzzFeed.

“Content of any type that promotes violence or includes hate speech is prohibited on YouTube. We carefully review the material in flagged videos against our Community Guidelines and remove content that violates these policies,” according to a statement from the Google Press Team, which represents YouTube.

Videos uploaded to the account included titles like, “The Rebirth of My Misogynism,” “The Dangers of Diversity,” and “Dreadlocks are the Black Man’s Mullet.”

A SoundCloud account, that has since been removed, also appears to belong to Beierle also featured racist and misogynist songs with titles like “Bring Your Fatwa” and “I Don’t F— Fatties.”

Tallahassee Police Public Information Officer Damon Miller Jr. said he could not verify the YouTube or SoundCloud accounts. SoundCloud did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In one video, entitled “Plight of the Adolescent Male,” Beierle mentioned Elliot Rodger, 22, a self-described virgin, who killed six people in Isla Vista, California. Rodger is often referred to as an “incel” — short for involuntarily celibate — in toxic online message boards comprised of people who also identify as incels.

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