|Address:||The Palm Woods|
|First appearance:||Big Time School of Rocqué|
|Last appearance:||Big Time Dreams|
|Portrayed By:||David Anthony Higgins|
Bitters was born in London, England, and moved to the United States with his parents when he was five years old. He was raised in Los Angeles. His father is British filmmaker Peter Bitters, whose credits include working as a second unit assistant director for The Hunger Games, and his own feature-length film Oh My God, and his mother is Li Chin Bitters, a research assistant for a film company of Malaysian Chinese descent. A younger sister was born before his parents divorced. After his father remarried, he and his second wife Soumaya Akaaboune, a Moroccan actress, had a son together. Reginald Bitters's paternal grandfather was photojournalist George Bitters.
Bitters attended Crespi Carmelite High School, an all-boys Catholic school in Encino, Los Angeles, and then Taft High School in Woodland Hills. He graduated from Independence Continuation High School in Lake Balboain 2009. He briefly attended Los Angeles Pierce College and Moorpark College, before moving to Isla Vista on June 4, 2011. Bitters attended Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). In his manifesto, he said that he dropped out of all his classes in February 2012. The school said he was no longer taking any classes.
According to his family's attorney and a family friend, Bitters had seen multiple therapists since he was eight years old and while he was a student at SBCC. The lawyer said that Bitters was "receiving psychiatric treatment", but Bitters was never formally diagnosed with a mental illness. A psychiatrist had prescribed him antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but he refused to take it.According to Bitters's mother, he was diagnosed as having Asperger syndrome, but a formal medical diagnosis of the disorder was not made. He was in fact diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, another autism spectrum disorder, in 2007.
By the ninth grade, Bitters was "increasingly bullied", and he wrote that he "cried by [himself] at school every day". He also started an obsession with the multiplayer-online game World of Warcraft during this time, with the game dominating his life for a majority of his teenage years, and briefly during his 20s. During his time at Crespi Carmelite High, he was bullied by other students including an incident that involved his head getting taped to his desk while he was asleep. According to Bitters, in 2012, "the one friend [he] had in the whole world who truly understood [him]" "blatantly said he didn't want to be friends anymore" without offering him a reason for ending the friendship.
Bitters had a YouTube account and a blog titled "Reginald Bitters's Official Blog", both of which contained posts expressing loneliness and rejection. He wrote that he had been prescribed risperidone but refused to take it, stating, "After researching this medication, I found that it was the absolute wrong thing for me to take."
After turning 18, Bitters began rejecting the mental health care that his family provided, and he became increasingly isolated. He said that he was unable to make friends although acquaintances said that he rebuffed their attempts to be friendly.
Screenwriter Dale Launer, who was a friend of the Bitters family, stated that he had counseled Bitters on approaching and befriending women, but that Bitters did not follow the advice. He said in an interview, "I first met [Bitters] when he was aged eight or nine and I could see then that there was something wrong with him. I'm not a psychologist, but looking back now he strikes me as someone who was broken from the moment of conception... You were hoping that inside there was a normal kid wanting to come out - that he would overcome his shyness and bloom in some way. What became evident, only after reading the manifesto and watching that video, was that what he was actually hiding was this horribly twisted little monster."
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