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Gym shooter lives on in Internet videos

Jason Cato
| Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009

George Sodini appeared in several Internet videos, including at least two he posted himself to give people a glimpse into his life and mind.

One YouTube video gave viewers a four-minute tour of his Scott home, showing the silver Nissan Altima police searched outside LA Fitness after Tuesday's rampage at the Collier gym where Sodini killed himself after fatally shooting three women and injuring nine others.

Sodini showed off his big-screen television, computer and matching furniture.

"The women really will be impressed," he said before continuing to wander through his home.

Reading material on his coffee table included "How to Date Young Women For Men Over 35, Volume II - Advanced Skills," a 1997 self-help book by author R. Don Steele. Also on the table are copies of "Body Language Secrets: A Guide During Courtship & Dating" and "Office Politics," two other books penned by Steele, a Clarion County native whose real name is John White.

Steele did not return messages left at his Whittier, Calif., home.

In a homemade video titled "Hide from Emotion," Sodini explained what he believed was necessary in order to adhere to Steele's teachings.

"It is easy for me to hide from my emotions for one more day," the 1 minute, 13 second oration began. "And one more day turns into one more year."

The date of the recordings are unknown.

In "Hide from Emotion," Sodini spoke about Steele's advice that he had 15 years to work on improving his ability to control his emotions. Sodini wanted to get started immediately, he said.

"My objective is to be real and learn to be emotional and, you know, to be able to emotionally connect with people," Sodini said. "Because, when I'm 10 to 20 years older than she is, you know, she has to feel good about this thing."

Another online video showed Sodini in attendance at one of Steele's seminars called "The Right Attitude Workshop."

Steele began the seminar by writing "Nice Guy Must Die" on a dry-erase board.

"I would say that's the problem with most of the guys in the room, that you're too nice," Steele said. "Women don't like that, they don't respect it. It's about as arousing as a booger."

Steele continued by explaining that the first woman to hurt most men was their mother. Sodini expressed critical views of his mother in an online manifesto he designed to be publicly viewed after Tuesday's massacre. The manifesto also expressed Sodini's inability to attract young women and detailed the months of planning that culminated in the gym shooting spree.

During a meet-and-greet segment of Steele's seminar, Sodini shook hands with several women and introduced himself.

"Hi, I'm George from Pittsburgh," he said.

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