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Whittier dating guru linked to Pittsburgh fitness club shooter

August 8, 2009 |  8:59 am

There is a Whittier connection to the case of George Sodini, the man who opened fire at a fitness club near Pittsburgh this week. According to the Whittier Daily News, Sodini can be seen in home videos watching the seminars of R. Don Steele, a Whittier dating guru. The Associated Press says Sodini was a fan and follower of Steele's books. According to the Daily News:

In a chilling diary posted on the Internet, he complained that he hadn't had a girlfriend since 1984 and hadn't slept with a woman in 19 years. But before he gave up any hope of finding anyone, he turned to Steele, a 69-year-old dating guru from Whittier.

Steele, according to his online biography, grew up in rural Pennsylvania, obtained a master's degree in psychology, and became a marriage and family counselor in 1976. He began writing books in 1984 and conducts "The Right Attitude Workshop" for men three times a year. He is the owner of Steel Balls Press and is married to a woman 34 years his junior.

In 2006, he told a Canadian newspaper that "women need men to take charge" and that women over 30 are "bitter."

Steele, whose real name is John J. White, did not respond to several e-mail requests for comment

-- Shelby Grad