We’ll be seeing that photo for the rest of our lives. More details are coming to light:
The package included a long, “rambling, manifesto-like statement embedded with a series of photographs,” Capus said. The material is “hard-to-follow … disturbing, very disturbing — very angry, profanity-laced,” he said.
It does not include any images of the shootings Monday, but it does include “vague references,” including “things like ‘This didn’t have to happen,’ ” Capus said in an interview late Wednesday afternoon.
Capus said gloved NBC security personnel handled the package very carefully as soon as it arrived. The network immediately called the FBI and turned it over.
The package bore a U.S. Postal Service stamp recording that it had been received at a Virginia post office at 9:01 a.m. ET Monday, about an hour and 45 minutes after Cho shot two people in the West Ambler Johnston residence hall on the Virginia Tech campus and shortly before Cho entered Norris Hall, where he killed 30 more people.
The package contained videos as well – 23 of them:
Among the materials are 23 QuickTime video files showing Cho talking directly to the camera, Capus said. He does not name anyone specifically, but he talks at length about religion and his hatred of the wealthy.
The production of the videos indicated that Cho had worked on the package for some time, because he not only “took the time to record the videos, but he also broke them down into snippets” that were embedded paragraph by paragraph into the main document, Capus said.
Haven’t seen them yet but I’ll take a wild guess and predict that they’re disturbing and violent:
Officials also announced Wednesday that Cho sent pictures and writings to NBC news. The network immediately notified authorities and the original documents were sent to the FBI for analysis, according to State Police Col. Steve Flaherty.
NBC is reporting that it believes the package was mailed between the shootings at Virginia Tech’s West Ambler Johnston Hall and the later rampage at Norris Hall.
“This may be a very new critical component of this investigation,” Flaherty said.
NBC’s Brain Williams blogs:
NBC News has indeed received what I would call a “multimedia manifesto” from the gunman. We received it today, and immediately handed it over to Federal law enforcement authorities. We are still going over our own copy — its a lot of material — we are talking with law enforcement, our own standards people — and Pete Williams, our Justice Correspondent, will join me live on the broadcast to go through the material.
The timing is interesting:
The package, timestamped in the two-hour window between Monday’s shootings, was sent to NBC News head Steve Capus.It contained digital photos of the gunman holding weapons and a manifesto that “rants against rich people and warns that he wants to get even,” The Associated Press quoted an unidentified New York law enforcement official familiar with the case as saying. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about it. Police said the development might be “a very new, critical component of this investigation.”"We’re in the process right now of attempting to analyze and evaluate its worth,” said Col. Steve Flaherty, superintendent of Virginia State Police.
One local freeway was tied up for hours yesterday as suspected immigrant smugglers blasted away:
It was hardly the city’s first smuggling-related violence. For decades, Houston has been considered a major distribution hub for human traffickers, who sometimes hold immigrants in “stash houses” while family members try to raise thousands of dollars for their release.
Last April 24, one man was wounded in a shootout at a house in northwest Houston in what federal authorities described as an apparent battle between rival smugglers over control of the immigrants. Police found 10 Mexicans, three Hondurans and two Guatemalans in a locked closet inside.
A month earlier, gunfire erupted at a southwest Houston neighborhood, and two men were wounded in an apparent turf war between rival smugglers. Twenty-one immigrants were arrested at that house.
In the latest incident, a silver Ford pickup carrying at least 10 people left the freeway at Bissonnet and had stopped in traffic about noon Tuesday when two men approached on foot and shot into the vehicle, police said.
The city, has been ecouraged by local activists to ignore this problem but pressure is mounting:
After a gun battle on one of Houston’s busy freeways, you’d think it would be at least of as much concern as citywide wifi, hobo parks, renegade downtown jaywalkers, taking care of Yellow Cab, and delivering the land of nonprofit organizations to local developers.
Assuming that nothing horrific about his past comes to light I guess you can add his parents to the long list of secondary victims:
The parents of mass killer Cho Seung-hi were hospitalised with shock and had not attempted suicide, contrary to reports in Korean media.
Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that Cho’s parents, who ran a dry cleaning shop in Centreville, Virginia, had been hospitalised after learning of ther son’s killing rampage at Virginia Tech University.
Rumours earlier spread through Korean media sources that Cho’s parents had attempted suicide.
I can’t imagine what goes through the minds of parents whose children do things like this. It’s obviously difficult and their reaction points to the huge impact these events have beyond the immediate killed and wounded. Countless other lives have been and will continue to be destroyed by this.
While I’m sure that people would love to rush to conclusions about his childhood this behaviour is not always rooted in abuse or childhood trauma. I’m just not going to speculate on any role his family relationships may have played in all of this.