Toronto van attack suspect said he ‘accomplished my mission’

  
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Toronto van attack suspect said he ‘accomplished my mission’

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Toronto van attack suspect said he ‘accomplished my mission’

By ROB GILLIES. AP News, September 27 2019

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Alek Minassian, top, is seen during a police interview in a still frame taken from handout video footage. A newly released video shows a man accused of driving a van into pedestrians in Toronto and killing 10 people telling police he accomplished his mission and that he’s part of an online group of sexually frustrated men who plot attacks against people who have sex. (Superior Court of Justice/The Canadian Press via AP)

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File-This April 24, 2018, file photo shows Duty counsel Georgia Koulis, left to right, Alek Minassian, Justice of the Peace Stephen Waisberg, and Crown prosecutor Joe Callaghan in court in Toronto. A newly released video shows Minassian, accused of driving a van into pedestrians in Toronto and killing 10 people, telling police he accomplished his mission and that he’s part of an online group of sexually frustrated men who plot attacks against people who have sex. (Alexandra Newbould/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

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File-This photo taken May 10, 2018, shows defense lawyer Boris Bytensky, left to right, Justice Ruby Wong, Alek Minassian and Crown prosecutor Joe Callaghan in court as Minassian appears by video in Toronto. A newly released video shows Minassian, accused of driving a van into pedestrians in Toronto and killing 10 people, telling police he accomplished his mission and that he’s part of an online group of sexually frustrated men who plot attacks against people who have sex. (Alexandra Newbould/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

TORONTO (AP) — A newly released video shows a man who allegedly used a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto telling police that he belonged to an online community of sexually frustrated men who plot attacks against people who have sex.

Alek Minassian faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in connection with the April 23, 2018, attack.

It drew attention to an online world of sexual loneliness, rage and misogyny after the suspect invoked an uprising by “involuntary celibates” and said he had contact with a California killer who seethed at women for rejecting him.

Minassian, 26, is accused of driving a rental van into crowds of pedestrians in a busy north Toronto neighborhood. Eight women and two men ranging in age from 22 to 94 died. Minassian has yet to enter a plea. His trial begins in February, but a publication ban on his interrogation by police was lifted Friday. The police interview took place just hours after the attack.

“I feel like I accomplished my mission,” Minassian said when asked by the detective how he feels about the death of 10 people.

Minassian, who said he never had a girlfriend and was a virgin, acknowledged he used the van as a weapon and said he wanted to inspire more attacks.

“I know of several other guys over the internet who feel the same way,” he said, adding they are “too cowardly to act on their anger.”

Minassian calls himself an “incel,” short for “involuntary celibate.” The incel movement is an online subculture linked to the deadly attack in Toronto as well as attacks in California and Florida. It promotes the misogynistic idea that men are entitled to have sex with women.

Over time, “incel” has become a buzzword for certain men infuriated at being rejected by women and prone to float ideas for violent payback, according to sociologists and others who study them.

Like-minded people in internet forums sometimes use “Chad” and “Stacy” as dismissive slang for men and women with more active sex lives.

Minassian said he discussed his sexual frustrations on the website 4chan, which has become notorious as a place for extremists to post their views.

Minassian said he was in contact with Elliot Rodger, a community college student who killed six people and wounded 13 in shooting and stabbing attacks in 2014 near the University of California, Santa Barbara, before apparently shooting himself to death.

Rodger had railed in a manifesto and online videos about women who shunned him and called for an incel “overthrow” of what he saw as feminist domination.

Minassian said he “radicalized” around the time of the Rodger attack.

“I felt it was time to take action and not just sit on the sidelines and just fester in my own sadness,” he said.

Minassian also said in 2013 he went to a Halloween party and was laughed at by women with whom he tried to socialize. He said he was upset the women gave affection to bigger men.

“I was angry that they would give their love and affection to obnoxious brutes,” he said.

Minassian said he planned the attack for a month. He said he wanted a van that wasn’t too big, one he could maneuver.

“The van was the perfect medium size to use as my weapon,” he said.

“I’m thinking that this is it, this is the day of retribution,” he said “I was driving down Yonge because I knew it would be a busy area and then as soon as I saw the pedestrians, I just decided to go for it.”

He said he would have kept going but something obscured his view.

“The only reason I stop my attack was because someone’s drink got splashed on my windshield and I was worried that I would crash,” he said. “I wanted to do more but I’ve kind of been foiled by a lack of visibility.”

Minassian said he wished he had had an intimate relationship but only once asked a girl out in 2012.

“I did ask a girl out once, but she rejected me,” he said. “I felt crushed at that point.”

His lawyer, Boris Bytensky, declined to comment Thursday ahead of the tape’s release.

Justice Anne Molloy, who will oversee the trial next year, said in August the police statement will be one of the prosecution’s most important pieces of evidence at trial. Malloy said Minassian’s state of mind will be relevant.

 

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Buzz of the Orient
1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    3 weeks ago

The reason that attack was a particular shock to me is because for many years my law office was at that very corner, Yonge Street and Finch Avenue in Toronto.  As well, I even lived for a year only one block away.  Many many times had I walked along the very sidewalks he drove on to kill so many people.

There is no death penalty in Canada, but in this case lock that sicko up and throw away the key.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
2  Paula Bartholomew    3 weeks ago

A newly released video shows a man who allegedly used a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto telling police that he belonged to an online community of sexually frustrated men who plot attacks against people who have sex

New invention ahole....hookers.  But men like this could only get laid is if they crawl up a hen's ass.

 
 
 
dave-2693993
3  dave-2693993    3 weeks ago

Nicest thing I can say is asshole.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  dave-2693993 @3    3 weeks ago

In his case, that would be a compliment.

 
 
 
Freefaller
4  Freefaller    3 weeks ago

I have a newsflash for this and other incels.  You aren't getting laid not because of some imaginary Chad and Stacey conspiracy but because you are insecure creepy little freaks

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
4.1  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  Freefaller @4    3 weeks ago

There are benefits to a life of punching one's own clown. Dates are cheaper, no divorces and you have a potential threesome attached to your wrists.

 
 
 
Freefaller
4.1.1  Freefaller  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @4.1    3 weeks ago

I have no idea why you want to discuss masturbation with me but please don't, it's creepy

 
 
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