The 40-year-old man who killed two women at a Florida yoga studio on Friday had recorded a series of misogynistic videos and had been arrested twice for grabbing women’s buttocks without their consent.
It is believed that Scott Beierle posted a series of videos on YouTube in 2014 where he called women “whores” if they dated black men and said many black women were “disgusting.”
Beierle described himself as a misogynist in the videos. In one of them he said loose women deserved to be crucified, and he suggested using land mines to keep people from coming to the U.S. from Mexico.
The existence of the videos was first reported by BuzzFeed.
Beierle fatally shot Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and 21-year-old Maura Binkley at the Tallahassee yoga studio, and five others were wounded. Beierle took his own life before he could be apprehended.
“Investigators have been working around the clock to uncover more information and gain clarity as to why this senseless act occurred,” Officer Damon Miller of the Tallahassee Police Department told the Tallahassee Democrat.
“It’s a place that brings me joy and peace, and I think it’s ruined,” said Katie Bohnett, an instructor at the yoga studio who skipped her normal Friday practice. “This monster ruined it.”
Beierle, a military veteran and former teacher, had moved to the central Florida town of Deltona after getting a graduate degree from FSU. He had previously lived in Vestal, New York, according to the Tallahassee Democrat, and had attended Binghamton University.
Kristi Malone, who was in a graduate class with Beierle at FSU, said in a Facebook message to The Associated Press that she did not interact with him outside of the classroom because of “his odd leering, inappropriate comments and general demeanor.”
“I know that myself and several of my female colleagues made a point to never be alone with him even at school because of his odd behavior,” she said.