On Monday, police in Toronto apprehended a man they say drove a rented white moving van down the busy sidewalk of 16 city blocks, killing 10 and injuring 15 others. The suspect, 25-year-old Alek Minassian, was charged on Tuesday with 10 counts of murder and was ordered by a judge to remain behind bars until his next hearing on May 10, The Associated Press reported.
As officials try to piece together a motive behind what is one of Canada’s worst mass killings, a disturbing portrait is emerging of Minassian from the online presence he kept. BuzzFeed News reported that it gained access to Minassian’s Facebook profile before the social media network took it down in the wake of the attack and discovered a post mentioning the so-called “Incel Rebellion.” The term is a reference to an online community of men who refer to themselves as “involuntary celibates” and they often discharge their sexual frustration with violent woman-hating rhetoric. The group is so extreme that, according to The Guardian, it was banned by Reddit last year for its gross misogyny.
A Facebook employee confirmed to me on background that the Alek Minassian Facebook post referencing 4chan and "The Incel Rebellion" is real: pic.twitter.com/gdydMBOE0l
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Reporters at the CBC also viewed Minassian’s Facebook page before it was taken down and found a post in which he praised Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who in 2014 carried out a killing spree in which he fatally shot six and wounded 14 on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, before taking his own life. Minassian reportedly referred to Rodger as the “Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger.” Prior to unleashing his deadly rampage, Rodger had posted a video online in which he fumed about women having rejected his sexual advances.
Minassian’s social media rantings consisted of complaints about “Chads” (men who were successful with women) and “Stacys” (women who reject men’s sexual advances). A recent post included the ominous warning that the “incel rebellion has already begun. We will overthrow all the Chads and the Stacys,” the CBC reported.
The CBC also tracked down his LinkedIn account, which listed him as attending Seneca College in Ontario for the last seven years. For two months last year, he served a brief stint in Canada’s military. Neighbors said Minassian lived with his father and others both the CBC and BuzzFeed spoke with, going back to his childhood, had a range of things to say about him including that he was a less than social individual and exhibited behavioral problems when he was child.
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