Jeff Yang in his blog for Quartz dug a little deeper and discovered the divorce his parents went through when Rodger was just seven deeply affected him.
His father would later fall into financial difficulties due to a failed movie project and suddenly the luxurious lifestyle Elliot had been accustomed to was taken away.
He urged his Malaysian Chinese mother to remarry someone with money.
“She dated [men] of high class. She had a special way of charming them. I continued to pester her to get married so that I can be part of an upper class family and enjoy all the benefits that would come with that, but she always refused, claiming that she never wants to get married due to her unpleasant experiences with my father. I told her that she should suffer through any negative aspects of marriage just for my sake, because it would completely save my life.”
Rodger admitted to an obsession to being rich and thought tall beautiful blonde women and money went together.
So what do all these misguided obsessive desires say about the American culture and movies which propagate these thoughts? Or are we over analyzing this and perhaps Rodger was just a bad person and bad people do terrible things? Read Jeff Yang’s take on this in Quartz and share your comments below.