He had himself admitted to rehab because of his sex addiction. Because he was obsessed with pornography, he asked his roommate to take the laptop away from him. And he suffered from “religious madness” – this is now reported by the “New York Times”.
It’s about Robert Aaron Long (21) from Georgia. On Tuesday, he killed eight people in a rampage through three massage parlors – six of them were women of Asian descent. Now there is a possible motive.
Tyler Bayess (35) shared the room with Long for five months in 2019 – in a rehab clinic. Long had admitted himself there because of his sex addiction. However, he relapsed almost monthly and went back to one of the massage parlors for sex, says Bayess.
Religious madness and sex addiction
The fact that he could not control his sexual urges left him desperate. So much so that Long was once on the verge of injuring himself with a knife. Long is said to be very religious – his church forbids sex before marriage.
His former roommate describes his condition as “religious madness”. He says: “I will never forget the way he looked at me and said: ‘I am falling from God’s grace’.” The two lost contact when Long moved to a Christian addiction center for more intensive treatment in early 2020.
Investigation in all directions
Meanwhile, the police are investigating whether the motive for the attack is sexist or racist. At a press conference it was revealed that Long had previously been a customer of two of the massage parlors. Whether he received more than one massage there has not been confirmed.
When the police arrested Mr. Long, he was on his way to Florida. There he had planned another attack on a business in the porn industry. Whether the attacks are actually an act of hatred against Asian women cannot yet be confirmed. The deputy chief of the Atlanta Police Department said, “We’re continuing to investigate in all directions.
Mourning and protests across the country
The bloody act sparked outcry and a wave of protests against violence and discrimination against the American-Asian community in the United States. On Friday, President Joe Biden, 78, and Vice President Kamala Harris, 56, meet with Asian-American leaders in Atlanta to discuss attacks and threats against the community. Harris was very concerned about the week: “We stand by them and understand how terrifying, shocking and outrageous the act is for the people.” (ouch)
Published: March 19, 2021, 4:33 p.m.
Last updated: March 19, 2021, 7:32 pm