'Sexually frustrated' Toronto man accused of murdering 10 people in van attack

A man accused of using a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto told police he belonged to an online community of sexually frustrated men who plot attacks against people who have sex.

Alek Minassian is facing 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in connection with the attack on April 23, 2018.

The 26-year-old is accused of driving a rental van into crowds of pedestrians in a busy north Toronto neighbourhood, killing eight women and two men aged between 22 and 94.

The attack drew global attention onto the “incel” community - a hostile online community of “involuntary celibate” men who lack romantic relationships and sex.

rescue workers take a break where bodies were scattered in the Toronto van attack. Source: Getty
Alek Minassian is facing 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in connection with the attack on April 23, 2018. Source: Getty

Members of the “incel” community hold extreme misogynistic views, blame women for rejecting them and often espouse violence against the public.

During his interrogation, Minassion can be heard describing the online community of sexually frustrated men.

He will stand trial in February but after a publication ban was lifted, a video of his interrogation by police just hours after the attack has now been released.

When asked by a detective how he felt about the 10 people he had killed, he stated “I accomplished my mission”.

Alek Minassian, top, is seen during a police interview in a still frame taken from handout video footage. A newly released video shows a man accused of driving a van into pedestrians in Toronto and killing 10 people telling police he accomplished his mission and that he’s part of an online group of sexually frustrated men who plot attacks against people who have sex. (Superior Court of Justice/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vision of Alek Minassian (top) being interrogated by police was released after a publication ban was lifted. Source AP

Minassian, who said he had never had a girlfriend and was a virgin, admitted he used the van as a weapon and said he wanted to inspire more attacks.

“I know of several other guys over the internet who feel the same way,” he said.

The 26-year-old, who has yet to enter a plea, refers to himself as an “incel”.

A drawing of Minassian in court
Minassian (left), who said he had never had a girlfriend and was a virgin, admitted he used the van as a weapon and said he wanted to inspire more attacks. Source: AP

Minassian said he discussed his sexual frustrations on the website 4chan, which has become notorious as a place for extremists to post their views.

He said he had been in contact with Elliot Rodger, a community college student who killed six people and wounded 13 in shooting and stabbing attacks in 2014 near the University of California, Santa Barbara, before shooting himself.

Rodger had railed in a manifesto and online videos about women who shunned him and called for an incel “overthrow” of what he saw as feminist domination.

An undated photo of murder suspect Elliot Rodger who killed six people and wounded 13 in 2014
Minassian told police he had been in contact with Elliot Rodger, a college student who killed six people and wounded 13 in shooting and stabbing attacks in 2014 in California, before apparently shooting himself. Source: Getty

Minassian said he became “radicalised” around the time of the Rodger attack.

“I felt it was time to take action and not just sit on the sidelines and just fester in my own sadness,” he said.

In 2013 Minassian said that went to a Halloween party and was laughed at by women with whom he tried to socialise with, adding he was upset that women gave affection to bigger men.

“I was angry that they would give their love and affection to obnoxious brutes,” he said.

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