Scorpio’s World

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“Cho’s World”

Posted by scorpiomkm on April 18, 2007

AP

Va. Tech gunman sent material to NBC

By MATT APUZZO, AP National Writer 

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Between his first and second bursts of gunfire, the Virginia Tech gunman mailed a package to NBC headquarters in New York containing photos of him brandishing guns and video of him delivering an angry, profanity-laced tirade about rich kids and hedonism.

“You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today,” 23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui says in a harsh monotone, in an excerpt shown on “NBC Nightly News.” “But you decided to spill my blood. You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off.”

NBC said the package contained an 1,800-word diatribe and 29 photos, 11 of them showing him aiming handguns at the camera. Much of the rant is incoherent and filled with obscenities. He rails against Christianity and the rich.

“Your Mercedes wasn’t enough, you brats,” he says, apparently reading from a manifesto. “Your golden necklaces weren’t enough you snobs. Your trust funds wasn’t enough. Your vodka and cognac wasn’t enough. All your debaucheries weren’t enough. Those weren’t enough to fulfill your hedonistic needs. You had everything.

The package, which arrived at NBC two days after Cho killed 32 people and committed suicide in the deadliest one-man shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, bore a Postal Service stamp showing that it had been mailed at a Virginia post office at 9:01 a.m. Monday, about an hour and 45 minutes after Cho first opened fire.

That would explain one of the biggest mysteries about the massacre: Where the gunman was and what he did during that two-hour window between the first burst of gunfire at a high-rise dorm, and the second attack, at a classroom building.

Some of the pictures show him smiling. Some depict him brandishing two weapons at a time, one in each hand. He wears a khaki-colored military-style vest, fingerless gloves, a black T-shirt, a backpack and a backwards, black baseball cap. Another photo shows him swinging a hammer two-fisted. Another shows an angry-looking Cho holds a gun to his temple.

The package was sent by overnight delivery but did not arrive at NBC until Wednesday morning. It had apparently been delayed because it had the wrong ZIP code, NBC said.

An alert postal employee brought the package to NBC’s attention after noticing the Blacksburg return address and a name similar to the words reportedly found scrawled in red ink on Cho‘s arm after the bloodbath, “Ismail Ax,” NBC said.

“I didn’t have to do it. I could have left. I could have fled,” he says. “But now I am no longer running. If not for me, for my children and my brothers and sisters that you (expletive). I did it for them.”

He also makes references to the Columbine High massacre and the teenage killers, according to NBC.

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I’m not a Psychologist or a Psychiatrist. Neither am I well versed as to what precisely many of today’s Youth perceive their world to be. However, I find it striking to learn that a kid ~ who by most accounts of fellow students and room mates was a Loner and painfully shy ~ that in the End he took the ‘measured steps’ to be quite “Vocal” and Prominant  as to ‘what’ he was upset about (although from all accounts thusfar his “Manifesto” sent to NBC was quite rambling).

I don’t want to get into the shooters Mindset; but I can draw some initial Conclusions as to what may have made him carry out Monday’s Horror.

I find it somewhat erroneous for the Media to assume Responsibility for KNOWING what was in the shooter’s head just prior to his killing spree. After all, I’ve found the Media coverage of MOST THINGS to be full of error and worthless. Instead, I take what Factually I’ve gleaned from the Story and draw certain Conclusions re Cho based on Life Experience and based upon what little I know re Abnormal Behavior. By doing that, I’m able to ‘make sense out of no sense’.

First of all ~ and from what little knowledge I have re Korean Culture ~ apparently until we get some Information from the family, a clearer picture of the Killer will be forever incomplete. For example, was there a TRUE disconnect between Cho and his father (as one of his Plays seemed to indicate). Also its been noted by those close to him at Virginia Tech … that he didn’t communicate, nor receive any visitations from, his Family while at school! These kinds of things NEED exploring.

Secondly. Cho‘s psychosis took YEARS ~ decades ~ to manifest itself. Rarely does one enter college at 18 then 4 years later feel the NEED to massacre 33 people that he never met!! And while it’s TRUE that many kids entering college have their Minds opened up to a New World of Ideas that can IMMEDIATELY alter their prior perspective on things; rarely (if at all) do these new epiphany alter one’s Perspectives to warrant what Cho did last Monday.

I’ve been hearing these past several days how there were ‘Red Flags’ that people SHOULD HAVE spotted to predict Monday’s event. Well, I submit there are each of us that KNOW somebody that is peculiar in some way or another AND are capable of even killing if LIFE put them over the edge (in their assessment) ~ but hell, if we alerted the Authorities about these people …. then WE’d be the ones ‘looked at’ by Law Enforcement as somebody that  NEED looking into, huh!  : )

Cho will be a Psychologist’s Dream! But based upon what WE KNOW of him, all we can do is offer up our ‘Pop Psychologist Theories’ ~ which is all the Major Media can do, as well ~ and hope and pray that we’re never in the same place & time when the next Cho decides to rise up in Protest.

Yes. This troubled young man was truly : “Mr. Question Mark”.

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