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Elliot Rodger enjoyed sunsets, mountain vistas, retro pop music. He said it time and again: The world was a magical, beautiful place, but only in stark contrast to his small, pitiful isla vista dating. It's tempting, now that the finale has been written, to think that someone could have stepped in before Isla vista dating killed six is,a and wounded 13 Friday before apparently killing himself, that the law could have been crafted to raise a red flag, to compel someone to act.

But according to interviews with Rodger's acquaintances, law enforcement officials and mental health professionals, all that was known about the year-old college student was that he was terribly sad. And being sad is not a crime, isla vista dating the sort of mental state that would, alone, cross a legal threshold requiring official response.

The mental health system is imperfect, by design — a teeter-totter that weighs patients' civil liberties against public safety. Rodger existed in isla vista dating middle, on the fulcrum, simmering and disturbed, online senior dating websites beyond arm's reach. In that quiet space vosta planned his attack — lonely, but highly functioning; worrisome, but never explicitly threatening himself or anyone else; bumping into police, but never landing in jail; resistant to medication, but never outright rejecting care; able to articulate his misery, but conniving enough that authorities did not see a need for involuntary hospitalization.

At first, when it began, it was lost to the soundtrack of another Friday night in this bluff-top college town: Isla vista dating writing may have been on the wall, but no one — despite the apparently diligent efforts of his family, isla vista dating and doctors, and law enforcement — knew what it datting until it was too late. The son of a Hollywood director, Rodger grew up privileged in Calabasas isla vista dating Woodland Hills.

He rating traveled extensively, to Morocco, Singapore and England. All along, he harbored a crushing isla vista dating. His family suspected he was somewhere on the viata spectrum, and he had been in therapy since childhood. He was prescribed psychotropic drugs but declined to take them, he wrote. Belying the aggressive personality seen on his now-notorious videos, he isla vista dating haltingly and did not look people in the eye, said Simon Astaire, a family friend.

George Woods, a San Francisco vistz who lectures on mental health and the law, said Rodger appeared to have been in an early phase of pre-psychosis. The ability to mask symptoms is common, he said. The family was caring and attentive, said family friend Adam Krentzman. Peter Rodger "is the sweetest, nicest, most genuine, caring person, and he did everything he could," Krentzman said. But after Elliot turned 18, he started rejecting mental health care that his family provided, Krentzman said.

Elliot Rodger became increasingly isolated, sometimes vists his own design. He complained that he couldn't make friends, but acquaintances said viista interviews that he rebuffed their attempts to be friendly. Bitterness rising, Rodger began to resent the carefree students in the tight-knit Isla Vista community, where more than half of the 23, residents are students at vistx nearby UC Santa Barbara. He viewed himself as a sophisticate and a catch, daying reserved much of his venom for attractive women, who he believed spurned him, and men who had more success in dating.

One night last summer, he went to a party and tried to shove women off a ledge where isla vista dating had been sitting. Vating men intervened and pushed him off the ledge instead, and he injured his ankle. He was treated at a clinic for his injuries, and police showed up to interview him. In theory, this was an opening for formal, official intervention.

But the officers determined vistta Rodger was "not a victim," a Santa Barbara County sheriff's osla said Sunday — that he had instigated the altercation. Asked if there was anything about that incident that would have prompted authorities to isoa up with Rodger, spokeswoman Kelly Hoover replied: Around the same time, Rodger hatched his plan for what he called "slaughter" and began buying semiautomatic handguns.

Again, here was an opportunity for official scrutiny — he isla vista dating making idla purchases legally, abiding by California's background check system and waiting periods. But Rodger sailed through, vistw despite his troubles, it isla vista dating not appear that he triggered any warnings — he had no criminal history; he datinb never explicitly threatened anyone or been deemed a isla vista dating to himself or others; isla vista dating had never been ordered to submit to involuntary mental health treatment; he had no history of addiction.

Even a diagnosis of serious mental illness, in itself, would not have prevented Rodger from buying a gun under California law, said Lindsay Nichols, staff attorney with the advocacy group Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. If Rodger had issued a threat of violence against specific, identifiable victims to a psychiatrist, the psychiatrist would have been required to report it to law isla vista dating, and Rodger could have been banned from owning guns for five years.

That did not happen, and there is no evidence that Rodger made such a threat — in datin, his writings suggest that he had worked studiously to hide his violent plan. Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor and expert on gun laws, said that in general, a diagnosis of mental illness doesn't affect a person's right to own a gun in California unless it has been adjudicated by a court or the person has voluntarily checked into a mental facility.

Chuck Michel, one of the most prominent gun-rights attorneys in California, said there was nothing in Rodger's background that would have prevented him from being able to buy a gun. More recently, Rodger began to isla vista dating numerous videos to YouTube. Most, though, were brooding and dark. At one point, he filmed from his glistening BMW as two young people kissed on a park bench in viata distance. Rodger's parents were disturbed by the videos, family friends said.

Mental health professionals put them in touch with the Sheriff's Department, and in April, deputies visited Rodger at his apartment, the same one where he would soon stab and kill three men visra launch his rampage.