Alek Minassian

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Name: Alek Minassian
Date of Birth: November 3, 1992
Occupation: Software Development (sporadically)
Ethnicity: Armenian father and Iranian Armenian mother

Alek Minassian is a /r/foreveralone and 4chan former user,[1] autistic, involuntarily celibate, former special needs student of Armenian descent. He has been charged with multiple first-degree murders, and also attempted murder charges. On the 3rd of March, 2021, he was found guilty in a Toronto courtroom of 10 first-degree murders and 16 attempted murders.[2] He was later sentenced life in prison, serving several concurrent sentences, with the possibility of parole after a minimum term of 25 years.[3]

Later in the hearings, Minassian confessed having lied about being motivated by an "incel rebellion" which he only used as a veneer to get attention on social media. His primary motivation was that he was about to fail in his job and live an insignificant life, so he decided instead to achieve notoriety through a mass murder. Even though he claimed sympathizing with Elliot Rodger's manifesto, no evidence was found he intended to murder women in particular.[4][5]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Born on Nov. 3, 1992, Minassian grew up in the home with his parents and a brother, neighbors said. His father is a senior manager of software development at Rogers and an alumnus of the University of Toronto, according to his LinkedIn profile. Sona Minassian is on leave from her job at Compugen, an IT service provider, "for obvious reasons," a company spokesperson told Metroland Media.

Though he doesn't know the family well, Mack observed that Minassian seemed to have trouble making eye contact on his solitary neighbourhood walks, and that he appeared to require extra care and attention from his parents. Mack said it was clear that Minassian had special needs. "It's a family that has struggled with this situation for a long time," he said.

Autism[edit | edit source]

Alek was reported to have Asperger (before Asperger's syndrome was merged into the autism spectrum), took special needs classes, and was known by students for making cat noises out of the blue. Marianne Kristiansson, PhD, professor of forensic psychiatry at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden has attempted to explain why so many young men who have commited spree killings have autism, and while not condoning or forgiving the killings, separating former autistic killers from psycopaths by explaining how autists have a hard time with verbal communication of deep frustrations.[6]

Being bullied and called names[edit | edit source]

In a CBC documentary, a former schoolmate of Minassian confirmed that Minassian was, "constantly bullied", and, "picked on". She said that his nickname was, "Chewbacca".[7]

The 4Chan connection[edit | edit source]

"Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan please. C23249161. The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!" --alleged text of an Alek Minassian Facebook post before the rampage

4chan is a popular but controversial internet imageboard. "Chad" and "Stacy" are nicknames for stereotypical jocks and means girls that were apart of 4chan culture for many years, used on incel-related forums and on the /r/incels subreddit (banned since November 7, 2017) on Reddit to refer to popular, attractive sexually-active men and women; a subreddit is an individual community on Reddit based on a topic of interest. The term "Incel Rebellion" is sometimes used interchangeably with the term "Beta Uprising", or "Beta Male Uprising" which refers to a violent response to sexlessness, which incels view as sexual deprivation

Forums[edit | edit source]

The various incel forums condemned the incident. There is no evidence that any forum incited Alek to commit the killing, nor is there any evidence Alek used any self-identified incel forums, as 4chan is not an incel forum and Foreveralone is not self-identified (though it is geared toward involuntary celibates).

In a video interrogation released in September, Alek confessed to using 4chan, specifically /b/ (the random content board), /r9k/ (the board geard toward original content, and de facto home of numerous celibacy discussions among other topics), and /pol/ (the board geared toward politics).[8]

He also stated that he uses ForeverAlone,[1] but could not think of any other forums he uses. He refused to divulge his Foreveralone username.

He claimed to have been in contact with BOTH Harper-Mercer and Rodger with a username associated with an XBOX username of his: Xboxlightside[9] only on 4chan and Reddit. This is dubious of course, as neither Rodger nor Harper-Mercer had any notability prior to their acts.

As stated in many incel communities, the main policy of the respective admins is to delete any calls for murder or suicide, and to contact authorities if necessary.

Prosecution[edit | edit source]

Alek was not charged with the crime of terrorism, or 83.1 of the Canadian criminal code. Experts in terrorism such as popular terrorism-subject podcaster Phil Gurskie say that he was probably not charged with terrorism because incel is not an ideology, but rather a life circumstance.[10] Minassian's Facebook post was largely a shitpost, a.k.a posts made insincerely. In Minassian's case, the insincere part being his pretending being incel is being part of a political movement.

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