From the April 2007 Idaho Observer:

What we may or may not know about Cho

This photo was posted to Wikipedia, the amazing, growing and ever changing and updating free online encyclopedia, within 48 hours of Cho Seung-hiu’s final act. After allegedly killing the first two people, Cho reportedly took several photos (including this one) of himself and emailed them to NBC. He then performed live his last one act play.

The following information has been excerpted from To understand what happened in Blacksburg, we must consider mainstream news reports alongside alternative news sources and our growing powers of interpretation as experienced analyzers of government-orchestrated/media-spun events. Experience tells us that what we believe we know about Cho right now will be changing weeks, then months and years from now. One thing is different, though—instant, real-time, online information is revolutionizing the way "news" gets out. So, are we getting the real, raw and unspun, uncensored story on "the Virginia Tech shooter" or is it still the story "they" want us to know? What do we really know about Columbine eight years later?

[Note: Since this story was published in The IO April 19, 2007, a lot of information has been coming out about Cho and the circumstances of the Virginia Tech shooting. It looks like this is just one more "psy-ops" orchestrated by those who wish to keep the American people fearful and confused—and the story continues to unfold].

Cho Seung-hui emigrated from Korea in September 1992, when he was 8 years old, with his two parents and older sister. Cho graduated in 2003 from Westfield High School in the Chantilly community of Fairfax County, Virginia.

He is believed to have killed two students, Emily J. Hilscher and Ryan C. "Stack" Clark, on the fourth floor of West Ambler Johnston, a high-rise coed dorm, around 07:15 EDT. Within the next two and a half hours, Cho returned to his room to re-arm himself, then mailed pictures and documents to NBC.

The words "Ismail Ax" were found written on his arm in red ink.

The Glock 19, 9mm pistol was legally purchased March 13, 2007 in Virginia after an immediate automated background check. Cho bought the second weapon, a Walther P22 pistol, on April 13, 2007.

As police closed in on him in Norris Hall, Cho committed suicide with a gunshot to his head.

According to television news reports on April 17, Cho left a note criticizing "rich kids," "debauchery," and "deceitful charlatans."

At 4:37 p.m. EDT on April 18, 2007, NBC News got word that a mysterious package was sent to NBC, via overnight mail, containing a DVD-like disc with 27 video clips, 43 still pictures (each with individual captions), one audio clip, and a multi-page typewritten manifesto. The pictures, for the most part, depict Seung-Hui in military garb wielding an array of weapons, including a hammer, knife, and the two handguns found on his dead person. The majority of the video depicts Seung-Hui reading his manifesto aloud.

The package, apparently intended to be received on April 17, was delayed due to incorrect zip code and street address. It was immediately turned over to local authorities in New York and will be sent to law enforcement in Virginia [Note: what can we really know about this package which has been turned over to the FBI—an FBI who "found" Mohammed Atta’s passport but won’t release the OK City Bombing or Pentagon surveillance tapes?].

In 2005 Cho Seung-Hui was temporarily detained and declared mentally ill and a danger to himself or others by a Montgomery County, Virginia district court. Following psychiatric evaluation and medical exam which noted Cho’s flat affect and depressed mood, he was ordered to undergo outpatient care and released. Some reports state that Cho is believed to have been taking psychiatric medications for depression, but there is no record of this in federal prescription databases [Note: it would be an extremely rare case if Cho was caught, treated and ordered to receive outpatient psychological care and not prescribed "medications].

A university spokesman described Cho as a "loner." Fellow students described Cho as a "quiet" person who "would not respond if someone greeted him." Student Julie Poole said that on the first day of a literature class last year, the students introduced themselves one by one, but when it was Cho’s turn, he did not speak. The professor, she said, looked at the sign-in sheet and where everyone else had written their names, Cho had written a question mark. "We just really knew him as the question mark kid," Poole added.

His roommates said he repeatedly stalked their female friends. According to Stephanie Derry, a fellow student, Cho never participated in class discussions. "He was just there, I can’t even describe it. He would just sit and watch us, but wouldn’t say anything.

Lucinda Roy, one of Cho’s English professors, described Cho as "an intelligent man" but seemed to be an awkward and very lonely man who never took off his sunglasses, even indoors. By fall 2005, Roy removed Cho from her class after he became angry in the classroom. After becoming concerned with his behavior and the themes in his writings, the professor started meeting with Cho to work with him one-on-one. She said she was concerned for her safety when she met with him. After notifying the legal authorities about his behavior, the professor urged Cho to seek counseling, but he refused.

In 2006, Cho wrote a short, profanity-laden one-act play entitled "Richard McBeef." It is about a 13-year-old boy, John, who accuses his stepfather, Richard McBeef, of molesting him and murdering his father. In a second play attributed to Cho, titled "Mr. Brownstone," three 17-year-olds named John, Jane, and Joe are gambling at a casino while discussing their deep hatred of their 45-year-old mathematics teacher, Mr. Brownstone, whom they claim raped them. Brownstone appears and, amid volleys of profanity, cheats them out of their casino winnings.

[End notes: After the first shootings, why wasn’t the school closed down? Was it preplanned to allow Cho to continue his rampage or was it because it takes two hours for the various campus/county/state/federal agencies to find someone qualified to make such a command decision? Who are Cho’s parents, why haven’t we seen them and what might they reveal about their troubled son?

Geniune psychopath? Social misfit, distraught over trying to meet women? Another Prozac moment? Molestation victim? Government-wind-up-toy manufactured at the Blacksburg black-ops center? We probably will never know the real Cho—the question mark kid. But it appears that his entire life is beginning to unfold for us—as if on cue. Each of the people who knew him (but claim they couldn’t know him because he was scary, withdrawn and morose); his manifesto and everything he produced in his computer will be forming our opinions.

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