Skip to comments.Cho sent photos and rambling letter to NBC.
Posted on 04/18/2007 1:29:40 PM PDT by harwood
Just heard anchorette report this on pMSNBC
They know where and when he bought the guns..*legally*, in fact.
but we are told by prof nikki that this was just a random act of violence
He must have lied about that on his purchase applications, and I don’t think the crimincal background checks cover mental illness, which fall under confidential doctor/patient privacy laws. Regardless, someone’s head is really going to roll now...
“original” in the hands of the FBI??
So they are admitting they made copies???
NBC to release statement “soon”
I wonder if the package he sent to NBC was another play/story he wrote ???
He must have sent a shout-out to Allah.
No ideer. I like the IInd fine, but criminal convictions and civil commitments should mean something.
You do lose some rights (like the right to vote) when convicted of a crime.
A doctor should be able to discharge someone subject to the condition that he not be allowed to handle firearms.
That’s pretty low. Yikes.
You’re probably right.
This guy had quite a history, it seems. But what???
Maybe it will turn out like this week’s revelations concerning French intelligence and 9/11. When and what.
But I doubt it.
The note found in his dormotory room may turn out to be a draft/outline of what he sent to NBC News. The killings were premeditated. No reason to believe the email wasn’t as well.
nbc lied, people died.
No, no, no... it’s a 14 1/2 hour reading of “Moby Dick”.
SOO..NBC wants the ratings??
| If I went crazy
I would send my documents
to Katie Couric!
Sent it snail mail according to MSNBc..
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Cho Seung-Hui sent NBC News a long and rambling communication and video about his grievances, the network said Wednesday. Network officials turned the material over to the FBI and said they would not immediately disclose its contents pending the agencys review.
The communication is the last known red flag raised by Cho, 23, a senior English major at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, who killed 32 people in two separate attacks Monday before taking his own life.
But as early as 2005, police and school administrators were wrestling with what to do with the young man, who was accused of stalking two female students and was sent to a mental health facility after police obtained a temporary detention order.
The two women complained to campus police that Cho was contacting them with annoying telephone calls and e-mail messages in November and December 2005, campus Police Chief Wendell Flinchum said.
Cho was referred to the universitys disciplinary system, but Flinchum said the woman declined to press charges, and the case apparently never reached a hearing.
Detention order issued
However, after the second incident, the department received a call from an acquaintance of Chos, who was concerned that he might be suicidal, Flinchum said. Police obtained a temporary detention order from a local magistrate, and in December of that year, Cho was voluntarily but briefly admitted to Carilion St. Albans Behavioral Health Center in Radford, NBC News Jim Popkin reported.
To issue a detention order under Virginia law, a magistrate must find both that the subject is mentally ill and in need of hospitalization or treatment and that the subject is an imminent danger to himself or others, or is so seriously mentally ill as to be substantially unable to care for himself.
According to a doctors report accompanying the order, which was first reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Cho was depressed, but his insight and judgment are normal. The doctor, a clinical psychologist who was not identified, noted that Cho denies suicidal ideations.
Under the law, the magistrate could have issued a stronger detention order mandating inpatient treatment, but there was no indication Wednesday that such an order was ever entered. A spokesman for Carilion St. Albans told NBC News that he could not discuss Chos case because of patient confidentiality and privacy laws, but he said the hospital was cooperating with the investigation.
Otherwise, Flinchum said, there were no further police incidents involving Cho until the deadly shootings Monday, first in a young womans dormitory room and then at a classroom building across campus. Neither of the alleged stalking victims was among the victims Monday.
In addition to the 33 people confirmed dead, including the gunman, nine people remained in hospitals in stable condition, hospital authorities said.
Health records sought
Campus police applied Wednesday for search warrants for all of Chos medical records from Schiffert Health Center on campus and New River Community Services in Blacksburg.
It is reasonable to believe that the medical records may provide evidence of motive, intent and designs, investigators wrote in the documents, according to The Associated Press.
Police searched Chos dorm room Tuesday and recovered, among other items, a chain and a combination lock, according to documents filed Wednesday. The front doors of Norris Hall, the classroom building, had been chained shut from the inside during the shooting rampage.
Other items that were seized included a folding knife; two computers, a hard disk and other computer disks; documents, books, notebooks and other writings; a digital camera; compact disks; and two Dremel tools, which are rotating tools used for cutting, sanding and other applications.
In an affidavit seeking the search warrant, police found a bomb threat note directed at engineering school buildings near the victims in the classroom building. In the past three weeks, Virginia Tech had received two other bomb threats; investigators said they had not connected those to Cho.
Family sought better life in U.S.
Cho arrived in the United States as an 8-year-old boy from South Korea in 1992 and was raised in an off-white, two-story townhouse in Centreville, Va., a suburb of Washington, where his parents worked at a dry cleaners. He graduated from Westfield High School in Chantilly in 2003.
Chos family moved to the United States in search of a better life, said the familys landlady in South Korea. The family was poor and lived in a cheap basement apartment on the outskirts of Seoul, the woman told South Korean television Wednesday.
Cho had an older sister, Sun-Kyung, who graduated from Princeton University with an economics degree in 2004, Princeton officials confirmed.