‘Incels’: Threat assessment experts point to danger posed by ‘involuntarily celibate’ men

When class began, Beierle grabbed his hearing protection and a loaded gun, entered the classroom, and opened fire. He killed two women, injured four others, then turned the gun on himself.
Police, during their investigation into the incident, uncovered a long history of hatred towards women, allegations of sexual assault and homophobic and racist comments.
Now, threat assessment experts at the US Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center are using the Tallahassee murder-suicide to better understand the threat posed by so-called involuntarily celibate men, often referred to as “incels.”

“The term ‘incel’ is often used to describe men who feel unable to obtain romantic or sexual relationships with women, to which they feel entitled,” according to researchers in a new case study report released Tuesday. .

“This attacker’s story highlights the specific threat posed by misogynistic extremism,” the researchers wrote in the case study. “This gender-based ideology, sometimes referred to as ‘male supremacy’, has received increased attention in recent years from researchers, government agencies and advocacy groups due to its association with high-profile incidents of mass violence. .”

The detailed examination of Beierle’s story illustrated common patterns of behavior and highlighted many possibilities for intervention.

“The behavioral history of the Hot Yoga Tallahassee abuser illustrates many behavioral threat assessment themes identified through years of US Secret Service research examining targeted violence,” the report said.

The Secret Service report showed that Beierle regularly wrote about and engaged in violence against women. “The Hot Yoga Tallahassee abuser was motivated to commit acts of violence by his inability to develop or maintain relationships with women, as well as his perception of women’s societal power over men,” said Steven Driscoll, deputy director of the National Threat Assessment Center.

The story of Beierle’s behavior, according to the report, “highlights the specific threat posed by misogynistic extremism.”

One theme the report points to is that Beierle faces a lack of consequences. For example, the report notes that it had been charged several times from the battery, but the charges were dropped. Other behavioral threat assessment themes identified by the Secret Service included failed aspirations, lack of financial stability, bizarre behavior, harassment, and murderous ideas.

The number of high casualty events such as school shootings and misogynistically motivated killings in recent years has led to a dramatic increase in requests for Secret Service training, researchers have said.

Lina Alathari, head of the National Center for Threat Assessment, estimated that the number of participants in threat assessment and targeted violence trainings exceeded 26,000 last year.

Scholars noted that Beierle’s behavior was extreme and reflected a combination of misogyny and white supremacy, highlighting the need for more studies of male supremacy as a motivating ideology.

“You often see a crossover between misogynistic views and white supremacy, far-right ideology, as well as, in some cases, far-left ideologies,” Driscoll said.

“The body of research examining misogyny as an extreme ideology and incels in particular, as well as its intersection with other ideologies like white supremacy, as an area of ​​research, is growing.”