Va. Tech gunman writings raised concerns

The details come out. It's all too obvious – in retrospect…

Cho Seung-Hui, a student from South Korea identified as the gunman who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech University, is seen in this police handout released April 17, 2007. (AP)

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The gunman in the Virginia Tech massacre was a sullen loner who alarmed professors and classmates with his twisted, violence-drenched creative writing and left a rambling note raging against women and rich kids.

A chilling picture emerged Tuesday of Cho Seung-Hui — a 23-year-old senior majoring in English — a day after the bloodbath that left 33 people dead, including Cho, who killed himself as police closed in.

News reports said that he may have been taking medication for depression and that he was becoming increasingly violent and erratic.

Despite the many warning signs that came to light in the bloody aftermath, police and university officials offered no clues as to exactly what set Cho off on the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.

"He was a loner, and we're having difficulty finding information about him," school spokesman Larry Hincker said.

A student who attended Virginia Tech last fall provided obscenity- and violence-laced screenplays that he said Cho wrote as part of a playwriting class they both took. One was about a fight between a stepson and his stepfather, and involved throwing of hammers and attacks with a chainsaw. Another was about students fantasizing about stalking and killing a teacher who sexually molested them.

"When we read Cho's plays, it was like something out of a nightmare. The plays had really twisted, macabre violence that used weapons I wouldn't have even thought of," former classmate Ian McFarlane, now an AOL employee, wrote in a blog posted on an AOL Web site. He said he and other students "were talking to each other with serious worry about whether he could be a school shooter."

"We always joked we were just waiting for him to do something, waiting to hear about something he did," said another classmate, Stephanie Derry. "But when I got the call it was Cho who had done this, I started crying, bawling."

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4 Responses to Va. Tech gunman writings raised concerns

  1. mayumi says:

    wow..he does look creepy. I just read the article and the things he wrote about is sick. >.<

  2. ペギー says:

    i feel so sad looking at him…
    eyes so empty..:(

  3. Mikey says:

    Yes, it's so sad. There had been signs all along, but who would think that someone would go to that extreme? 😦

  4. Mikey says:

    Yes, reminds us to try to incourage people get help, if possible. Statistics say that almost everyone has mental problems at sometime, so society should de-stigmatize getting counciling or other help. In his case, it seems people did try though….

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