George Sodini’s tormented blog lives online

For the last week I’ve been reading with interest – perhaps morbid – about George Sodini, the 48-year-old mass murderer in Pittsburgh, who killed three women at an LA Fitness. I’ve written a little bit about him for this blog but have yet to really delve into what this incredibly lonely and angry man let the world know about himself through his own blog. Right now, I’m sure there are thousands of people reading Sodini’s vitriolic, self-absorbed online journal. I guess I’m one of them.

Predictably, Sodini’s own webpage has been taken down from the Net, but not before others could duplicate what he had written. I wonder how much access the public would have to Sodini’s mind were this crime had occurred in the 1980’s, well-before people shared their thoughts online. If he had done so in a notebook, it’s likely the public would have to go through the courts to get access to it and only after the Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania state police departments had it in their possession for a while, perhaps leaking excerpts to the press.

As disturbing as the shooting was and frightening that loneliness and alienation could contribute to someone doing such an awful thing, I am curious to read what he has written and glad that it has been preserved online. Still, probably won’t be much of a pleasant read.

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2 Responses

  1. I agree that the internet has changed the public perception of these kinds of criminals; our relationship with them is much more personal, now. For good and ill. There’s a girl who comments on my blog who has a CRUSH on him!

    On the one hand, it’s interesting and educational to watch people display their pathologies. On the other hand, it’s rather sickening.

    I have very mixed feelings about posting that sort of thing, but believe that in the long run the benefits outweigh the negatives. Still, there IS a karmic burden with being #1 on Google for “George Sodini’s Blog”.

    • Hey, it’s a distinction nevertheless and I think it does serve a purpose to put it on your site. This man may have slipped through the cracks of the criminal justice and mental health systems. I think we’ll know soon if he did. It was good for you to put that up on your site.

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