June 21, 2018

For the Record


In our rush to publish the breaking story of Elliot Rodger’s rampage in Isla Vista (see “Isla Vista Murderer Reflects on Topanga Childhood in Manifesto,” Topanga Messenger, Vol. 38, No. 11, June 5, 2014), we made an error in judgement by plucking a childhood photo of him from a website and incorrectly attributed the photo from that reference. The photographer who took the photo is Pattie Traynor, who lived in Topanga at the time and whose children went to school with Rodger. Traynor knew his mother and she and other parents included him in activities and play with their children.

“Out of respect to the family, I would never have released the photo if asked,” Traynor told us. As a result, we have pulled the photo from our website. Our heartfelt condolences and apologies go out to Ms. Traynor, Elliot’s parents and the parents and families of those who lost their children in this egregious travesty.

—Flavia Potenza, Editor