YouTubers turned into Killers – Part 2
Pekka-Eric Auvinen was an 18-year-old high school student who spent much of his free time writing in his online blogs or posting videos to his YouTube channel. Auvinen’s online moniker was Sturmgeist89 and he spent the last few weeks of his like broadcasting increasingly extremist views and beliefs. Sturmgeist means ‘storm spirit’ in German.
Auvinen himself often featured in his online videos brandishing a .22 pistol that he named Catherine. In one of his online blogs, he wrote “I cannot say that I am of the same race as this miserable, arrogant, and selfish human race. No! I have evolved a step higher.”
His following videos and blog posts began to foreshadow his deteriorating mental state. The violent, angry nature of his videos and manifesto made it apparent that he planned the massacre in advance.
However, his final film left no doubt as to what his intentions and plans were. Titled “Jokela High School Massacre – 11.7.2007”, the video showed Auvinen posing with a gun, background awash in red as the camera zooms in on the high school.
On November 7, 2007, Auvinen entered the Jokela High School and began to carry out his plan of attack. He shot and killed eight people during his rampage, including the school nurse, the headmistress and six students. He also injured a further 10 people during the attack.
When the police arrived at the school, the murderer shot himself in the head. Despite his belief and claims of being a ‘superior human’, his final shot didn’t kill him immediately. Auvinen was taken to a Finnish hospital, where he was kept in a vegetative state until life support systems were switched off. He died in hospital from his self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head that night.
Anders Behring Breivik was 32 when he killed 77 people in a terrorist attack in Oslo, Norway. However, his rampage was planned for several years in advance. Breivik was also known online by a range of other names, including Andrew Berwick and Fjotolf Hansen.
A few hours before he set out on his rampage, Breivik emailed a 1,500-page manifesto to around 1,000 recipients, outlining his bizarre reasons behind such horrific actions. He also uploaded a 12-minute hate-filled video titled “Knights Templar 2083 – Movie Trailer” that detailed the events that were about to unfold.
On July 22, 2011, he detonated a fertilizer bomb from his van, killing 8 people. He then posed as a police officer in order to be permitted onto a ferry to Utoya Island, where he opened fire on a group of people who were participating in a Workers’ Youth League summer camp, killing a further 69 people.
Breivik was sentenced to 21 years imprisonment, with a minimum timeframe of 10 years – the maximum sentence in Norway.
Randy Stair, the 24-year-old YouTuber-turned killer spent months planning a mass murder-suicide that he hoped would bring him fame and notoriety. His multiple social media accounts, YouTube channels, and online blogs and journals all contained sinister hints and early warning signs about the macabre events he was planning.
On May 11, 2017, he recorded a 42-minute long video that described his plans in detail. He also praised the teen killers behind the Columbine High School shootings as ‘heroes’. His suicide note also said “I wanted fame. I wanted to be recognized on the street. I wanted to be in movies or have documentaries made about me.”
In the days leading up to the shooting, Stair began posting ominous warnings about the events that would unfold. He left a chilling trail of online clues that made it clear he intended to pull off a mass murder/suicide attack in the near future.
Then, on June 7, 2017, he uploaded an extensive collection of notes, journals, and recordings, as well as uploading a video titled “Supermarket Tour June 7 – the Day Before the Shooting”.
Stair’s shift at the Weis Market grocery store in Eaton Township near Tunkhannock in northern Pennsylvania began at 11 p.m. on June 7. He spent 90 minutes barricading the doors, before opening fire on three co-workers, shooting them to death before turning the gun on himself.
Lane Maurice Davis was a 33-year-old unemployed man living in his parents’ home in Samish Island, Washington, when he attacked and killed his father with a knife.
Davis was an active conspiracy theorist who maintained a strong online presence in many alt-right circles, including writing prolifically in many online blogs, posting conspiracy videos to YouTube and ranting openly on Reddit. Davis’ YouTube channel, Seattle4Truth featured many videos revolving around his right-wing views and conspiracy theories prior to being deactivated.
In his testimony, Davis admitted to stabbing his father to death during an argument about pedophilia. His father apparently called him a Nazi and a racist, which prompted the rage-filled violent attack.
Lane confessed to stabbing his father to death and has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. At the time of his writing, Lane was being held on $1 million bail. His trial begins in January 2018.
Monalisa Perez was a teen still pregnant with her second child when she fatally shot her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz, during the filming of a prank for their YouTube channel La MonaLisa.
Pedro Ruiz was a 22-year-old aspiring YouTube star known for recording and uploading videos of the couple performing pranks on each other. In an effort to gain fame and recognition for their videos, their stunts and pranks became more daring.
Before filming their final stunt, Monalisa voiced her concerns about how dangerous the stunt was in a Twitter post and on her Facebook page. She admitted Ruiz pushed her to go through with it.
Ruiz held a hardcover encyclopedia to his chest, while Perez shot at the book. The prank went horribly wrong. The bullet went through Ruiz’s chest and Perez immediately called 911.
Monalisa pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter. She was sentenced to 180 days’ jail time with a further 10 years of supervised probation.