The suspected Plymouth shooter described being “defeated by life” in videos recorded just weeks before the massacre, as he blamed his troubles on not having a girlfriend.
Jake Davison, a 22-year-old apprentice crane operator, described himself on his YouTube channel as an ‘incel’ and made references to the ‘blackpill’ philosophy to which the radical fringe group subscribes.
An apparent gun obsession was also apparent from a playlist of videos compiled by Davison.
On Thursday night, witnesses claimed a gunman had “gone berserk” in Plymouth before opening fire. The suspect was named locally as Mr Davison.
Five people including a three-year-old girl were killed during the shooting spree in the Keyham area of the city.
There were reports the victims included the shooter’s parents and police said the gunman was found dead at the scene from a gunshot wound.
In his final video blog, on July 28, the suspected killer spends 11 minutes ranting about how his life has hit a dead end, as he struggles to attract women or lose weight.
“I’m beaten down and defeated by f****** life, that drive I once had, that’s gone,” he says.
At the climax of his final video blog, Davison claims he likes to think “I’m a Terminator”.
He continues: “The whole premise of the Terminator movies is that you know everything is rigged against you, there’s no hope for humanity, you know, we’re on the brink of extinction, these machines are unstoppable killing machines that can’t be beaten, can’t be outsmarted, but yet humanity still tries to fight to the end.
“I know it’s a movie, but, you know, I like to think sometimes I’m a Terminator or something and despite reaching almost total system failure, he keeps trying to accomplish his mission.”
Davison earlier claims that “most people would have been completely, utterly broken if they had lived my f****** life”.
Despite insisting he was not trying to stage a “pity party”, Davison goes on to claim the only way his life would be worse would be if he had suffered sexually abuse.
“For the most part, it’s just been me against the world, it’s just been me fighting an uphill battle with a big f****** rock on my back, while I’m seeing motherf****** that don’t deserve half of anything, they’re getting a free road to the top,” he says.