"Tell me the truth," she said, leaning in conspiratorially.
"How many women have you slept with because of this dog? He's trim, around 5'10", with a pale, angular face and light-brown hair that is thinning but definitely still there.
(One of Michael's terms for participating in this story was that I not include his last name or exact age, only that he's on the older end of the millennial spectrum.) The woman, still petting the beagle, started teasing Michael.
She'd seen him with his dog at a party a few weeks back.
What set Rodger apart from other "virgin killers" (as headlines have dubbed them) was that he left an extensive digital footprint in an Internet world dedicated to men complaining about their solo state.
Rodger described his rampage as vengeance against attractive women for denying him sex and affection.
Previous mass shooters—from Marc Lépine in Montreal in 1989 to Pittsburgh's George Sodini in 2009—had expressed similar sentiments.
He'd even argued for a revolution of male incels: "If we can't solve our problems, we must DESTROY our problems.
One day incels will realize their true strength and numbers, and will overthrow this oppressive feminist system.