“WHEN THE TIME CAME, I DID IT. I HAD TO”
SLIDESHOW OF MATERIALS SENT TO NBC (CAUTION: GRAPHIC)
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The gunman who went on the shooting rampage at Virginia Polytechnic Institute mailed photographs, video and writings to NBC News, apparently sending off the material during the time that elapsed between between the two attacks that killed 33 people, including himself. One of the pictures shows Cho Seung-Hui wearing a vest with pockets and baseball cap on backwards as he gripped two guns, one in each gloved hand, scowling into the camera.
NBC, which turned the material over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, described the writings as a “disturbing, rambling multi-page statement.” The New York Times reported this report late this afternoon:
“This may be a very new critical component of this investigation,” said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, the superintendent of the Virginia State Police, at a news conference. Authorities are now in the process of evaluating its worth, he said.
NBC said the materials arrived in the mail this morning from Mr. Cho, calling them a disturbing, multimedia manifesto.
The package had a postal stamp showing it had been received at a Virginia post office at 9:01 a.m. on Monday, about an hour and 45 minutes after a 911 call was made saying that a shooting had occurred at West Ambler Johnston residence hall, where two students were killed. It was about 45 minutes before Mr. Cho shot 30 people dead at Norris Hall.
“We probably would have received the mail earlier had it not been that he had the wrong address and ZIP code,” said Steve Capus, the president of NBC News.
Among the materials are 23 QuickTime video files showing Mr. Cho talking directly to the camera about his hatred of the wealthy, Mr. Capus said. In one instance, he makes a reference to the massacre, saying “This didn’t have to happen.'”
“The statement is hard to follow, kind of rambling,” Mr. Capus said, according to the MSNBC Web site. “He speaks about hatred.” He added that it was “disturbing, very angry, profanity laced.”
The network did not disclose the full contents of the materials, but was expected to do so in a broadcast.”