Man who killed 3 longed for girlfriend

The Associated PressAugust 6, 2009 

— A man who sprayed bullets into a fitness class filled with women he didn't know, killing three and then himself, kept a Web page in which he wrote about years of rejection by women and left behind notes describing his inability to get a girlfriend, police said Wednesday.

George Sodini, who worked in a law firm's finance department, was anti-social, according to neighbors, and his Web page showcased a résumé setting forth his credentials as an unhappy loner. It listed his date of death, Aug. 4, 2009, and his status of "Never married."

On the Web site, the 48-year-old Sodini complained of not having a girlfriend since 1984, not having a date since May 2008 and not having sex for 19 years.

"Women just don't like me. There are 30 million desirable women in the US (my estimate) and I cannot find one," he wrote. The page ended with the words "Death Lives!"

On Tuesday, Sodini scoped out the gym twice and then returned at night wearing workout gear and a headband and bringing four guns, police said. He entered a "Latin impact" dance aerobics class, placed a duffel bag on the ground, rooted around in the bag for a moment, turned off the lights and started shooting, police and witnesses said.

Three women were killed, and nine women were wounded before he turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. In all, he fired 36 rounds from three of the guns, police said.

Authorities on Wednesday identified the three women who died as Heidi Overmier, 46, of Carnegie; Elizabeth Gannon, 49, of Pittsburgh; and Jody Billingsley, 38, of Mount Lebanon.

Sodini's 4,610-word Web page, on a domain registered in Sodini's name, appeared to be a nine-month chronology of his plans for the shooting.

"The biggest problem of all is not having relationships or friends, but not being able to achieve and acquire what I desire in those or many other areas," said an entry dated Sunday.

Sodini wrote of planning the attack since at least November and had tried to do it when the same Tuesday-night dance aerobics class he targeted met on Jan. 6.

"It is 8:45PM: I chickened out!" he wrote. "I brought the loaded guns, everything."

A neighbor of Sodini's, Connie Fontanesi, said county detectives interviewed her Tuesday evening. "He was so anti-social we really didn't learn anything personal about him," she said.

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