A trove of 131 online-forum postings written by accused Arizona gunman Jared Loughner between April and June of last year has been shared with the Wall Street Journal by a forum reader. Loughner posted the disturbing messages in a private forum associated with the online game Earth Empires. The postings display an obsession with language, a hatred of the educational system, and aggression, foreshadowing themes in his later YouTube videos. One rant he delivered was titled "Why Rape": "There are rape victims that are under the influence of a substance. The drinking is leading them to rape. The loneliness will bring you to depression. Being alone for a very long time will inevitably lead you to rape."
Fellow forum participants speculated that he was using drugs, or mentally impaired. Loughner had had trouble gaining even minimum-wage employment, submitting sixty-five applications to no avail, and was repeatedly rejected by women. On May 5, he began a thread titled "Talk, Talk, Talking about Rejection." On May 6 he wrote, "It's funny… when..they say lets go on a date about 3 times… and they don't… go…" This is Taxi Driver and Columbine-level alienation. You can see it in his words. A sad story all around.