Hot Yoga Tallahassee owner: I feel shattered, horrified this happened under my roof

Hot Yoga Tallahassee owner: \I feel shattered, horrified this happened under my roof\
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Scott Beierle, the man who killed two women at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, before apparently killing himself, appeared to have posted dozens of misogynistic and racist videos and songs to YouTube and SoundCloud before the attack.

Tallahassee police identified Beierle, 40, as the shooter who killed Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21, and injured several other people inside Hot Yoga before turning the gun on himself on Friday.

An account that appears to be Beierles posted several grainy, dimly lighted videos four years ago, which show Beierle discussing his misogyny, as well as his racist beliefs, including that interracial couples stem from mental illness and that women who are promiscuous should be crucified.

“Content of any type that promotes violence or includes hate speech is prohibited on YouTube. We carefully review the material in flagged videos against our Community Guidelines and remove content that violates these policies,” according to a statement from the Google Press Team, which represents YouTube.

Videos uploaded to the account included titles like “The Rebirth of My Misogynism,” “The Dangers of Diversity” and “Dreadlocks are the Black Mans Mullet.”

“She’d want to tell you that people just need to step back and think of losses of all types … that emanate from our lack of ability to deal in any effective way with pervasive mental illness and the control and regulation of firearms,” he said.

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A SoundCloud account, which has since been removed, that also appears to have belonged to Beierle featured racist and misogynist songs with titles like “Bring Your Fatwa” and “I Dont F— Fatties.”

Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee shared a tribute to Van Vessem on its Facebook page, calling the doctor “a physician and leader who touched countless lives as chief medical officer at Capital Health Plan.”

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Tallahassee police spokesman Damon Miller Jr. said he could not verify the accounts. SoundCloud did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In one video, titled “Plight of the Adolescent Male,” Beierle mentioned Elliot Rodger, 22, a self-described virgin, who killed six people in Isla Vista, California. Rodger is often referred to as an “incel” — short for “involuntarily celibate” — in toxic online message boards comprising people who also identify as incels.

She had also applied for a position with Teach for America, and on her final day was working on a lesson plan and preparing for an interview with the organization.

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NewsNewsGunman who killed 2 at Florida yoga studio had history of harassing young womenBeierle said in the video that he had a similar outlook to Rodgers when he was Rodgers age.

The yoga studio where she was killed had been there for years, he said, and was right above one of his favorite restaurants to eat with Maura when he was in town.

In message boards and on forums for incels, users argued over whether Beierle was actually a “Chad,” the term used in the incel community to refer to men who are presumed to sleep with many women, or was too conventionally attractive to be a true incel.

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Regardless, posters celebrated the Tallahassee murders, and true to form, they blamed women for the violence.

Binkley spent this past summer studying at the University of Wuppertal in Germany, the website said, and she found the experience “so rewarding.”

“Women mock and ridicule virgin males and refuse to date them, then wonder why some guys lose it,” one such poster said. Another wrote, “I wish these happened every week.”

Binkley had never been particularly political, he said, but she wanted to see change, and was spurred on by the Parkland school shooting in February.

Police have yet to release a motive. However, Beierle had a history of harassing women, and police said “he has been the subject of prior calls for service in the Tallahassee area related to harassment of young women.” They did not elaborate.

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Beierle was arrested twice, once in 2012 and again in 2016, on charges of battery, accused of having inappropriately touched women, but the charges in both cases were dropped.

“She’d also say she wished nothing but peace and love and care for everybody,” he added, choking up and hanging his head.

As police continued to investigate, the incel community celebrated on forums, drawing parallels to past killings in which hate for women was a factor.

In 2009, George Sodini, 48, walked into a Pennsylvania athletic club and shot 12 women in an aerobics class, killing three, before turning the gun on himself. Police said Sodinis motive was “hatred” after finding a plan for the attack and chilling rants about his misfortune with and hatred toward women in physical notes and an online blog.

“Women just dont like me. There are 30 million desirable women in the US (my estimate) and I cannot find one. Not one of them finds me attractive,” he wrote.

Several men have left behind similar manifestos, blaming the women who they say rejected them for the murders they would go on to commit. In 2014, Rodger listed sexual frustration and a hatred for women as his chief motivation for the attack.

Rodger, who was killed during his shooting, left behind a 137-page manifesto, a series of YouTube videos and a slew of online rants that laid out his plan and the reasoning behind his rage.

Alek Minassian, who is accused of killing 10 people with a van in Toronto in April, also self-identified with the online community of misogynists, posting on his Facebook page before the attack that the “incel rebellion has already begun.”

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Scott Paul Beierle, 40, posed as a customer when he walked into Hot Yoga Tallahassee on Friday evening and fired a handgun without warning, police said.

The yoga students fought back, police said, but two women were killed and five people were wounded. The gunman had fatally shot himself by the time officers arrived.

Tallahassee yogis as well as the health care and college communities are mourning the victims: Maura Binkley, 21, and Nancy Van Vessem, 61.

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On Sunday evening, FSU students and faculty came together for a vigil honoring Van Vessem — a faculty member — and Binkley, a student.

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The crowd gathered on Langford Green on Sunday evening and held up battery-powered tea candles that flickered under an overcast sky as a small choir sang, "Hymn to the Garnet and Gold."

"Our hearts are broken as we gather to mourn the loss of two members of our Florida State University family and offer prayers for those who were injured and affected by this horrific attack. This hateful and despicable act has affected our community profoundly," Florida State President John Thrasher told those assembled.

Authorities say it's not clear why Beierle carried out the attack. Investigators have not discovered any links so far between the gunman and the victims or the yoga studio, Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said.

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Beierle, who was staying at a local hotel before the attack, was visiting the city but was no stranger to Florida's capital. He graduated from Florida State University and police said he had been "the subject of prior calls for service in the Tallahassee area related to harassment of young women."

In videos posted to YouTube in 2014, the man decried interracial relationships, slammed women who wouldn't date him and identified with "involuntary celibates," or "incels," according to The New York Times. CNN has not verified the man in the videos is the gunman.

A search of Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Leon County Circuit Court clerk records shows that FSU campus police arrested Beierle in 2012 on a battery charge and in 2014 on a trespassing charge. Tallahassee police arrested him in 2016, again on a battery charge.

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Records from the first two cases were not immediately available, but the clerk's office said the charge in the 2012 case was dropped, and the 2014 case was disposed of via "other pretrial intervention." A spokesman for the city of Tallahassee said he had no information on the campus arrests.

Man who appears to have made racist, misogynistic videos kills 2 women in Tallahassee yoga studio shooting

In a June 1, 2016, case, Tallahassee police responded to the clubhouse of an apartment complex swimming pool where a woman, 19, told an officer that a tenant at the complex had touched her butt, according to a police report.

The victim initially did not want to press charges, the report says, but changed her mind the next day. As detailed in a second police report, the responding officer returned to the complex to view surveillance video, which backed up the victim's allegations.

Beierle was charged with battery. A Leon County clerk record indicates the case was dismissed in May 2017.

The videos had titles like, "Plight of the Adolescent Male" and "Dangers of Diversity."

According to the newspaper, Beierle was sympathetic toward Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and wounded 14 others in 2014 near the University of California, Santa Barbara. Rodger had written a manifesto in which he lamented his virginity, which he blamed on the "cruelness of women."

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Beierle said that as an adolescent he could relate to "this endless wasteland that breeds this longing and this frustration," The Times reported.

Binkley "knew how to work with people in a positive way," her father, Jeff Binkley, told CNN.

"She just radiated love for everybody. You could see her life shines through just about everybody she met. That's consolation to us."

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After the Parkland shooting in February, Binkley stood up against gun violence and went to the Florida Capitol to support the Parkland students as they lobbied for change.

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"And she became a victim," Jeff Binkley said. "It's a cruel irony. A cruel irony."

The young woman grew up in the Atlanta area and was attending Florida State University, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.

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A faculty member at Florida State, she was the chief medical director for Florida's Capital Health Plan, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

In a Facebook tribute, Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee described her as "a friend and a champion for end-of-life care."


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