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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.
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.
Beierle said in the video he had a similar outlook to Rodger when he was Rodger’s age.
Online, in message boards and forums for incels, users argued over whether Beierle was actually a “Chad,” the term used in the incel community to refer to men who are presumed to sleep with many women, or too conventionally attractive to be a true incel.
Regardless, posters celebrated the Tallahassee murders, and true to form, blamed women for the violence. “Women mock and ridicule virgin males and refuse to date them, then wonder why some guys lose it,” one such poster said. Another mused, “I wish these happened every week.”
Police have yet to release a motive in the killings. However, Beierle had a history of harassing women and police said “he has been the subject of prior calls for service in the Tallahassee area related to harassment of young women” but did not elaborate. Beierle was arrested twice, once in 2012 and again in 2016, on battery charges for inappropriately touching women, but in both cases the charges were eventually dropped.
As police continued to investigate, the incel community celebrated on forums, drawing parallels to past killings in which hate for women was a factor.
In 2009, George Sodini, 48, walked into a Pennsylvania athletic club and shot twelve women in their aerobics class, killing three, before turning the gun on himself. Police attribute Sodini’s motive to “hatred” after finding a plan for the attack and chilling rants about his misfortune with and hatred towards women in physical notes and online blog.
“Women just don’t like me. There are 30 million desirable women in the US (my estimate) and I cannot find one. Not one of them finds me attractive,” he wrote.
Several men have left behind similar manifestos, blaming the women who they say rejected them for the murders they would go on to commit. In 2014, Rodger listed sexual frustration and a hatred for women as his chief motivation for the attack.
Rodger, killed during his shooting, left behind a 137-page manifesto, a series of YouTube videos, and a slew of online rants that laid out his plan and the reasoning behind his rage.
“You will finally see that I am the superior one, the true alpha male,” he said in one.
Alek Minassian, who allegedly killed 10 people with a van in Toronto in April of this year, also self-identified with the online community of misogynists, posting on his Facebook page before the attack that the “incel rebellion has already begun.”