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US uni murderer leaves video message

Broadcast: 19/04/2007

Reporter: Tracy Bowden

Chilling video and photos of the student who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech University, mailed
to NBC News before the massacre, have given insight into the mind of a mass murderer.


KERRY O'BRIEN: It's being described as a voice from the grave, chilling video and photos of Cho
Seung-Hui, the young student who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech on Tuesday before shooting

This disturbing insight into the mind of a mass murderer comes as police reveal they had contact
with Cho back in 2005 after complaints from female students.

The ABC's North America Correspondent, Tracy Bowden, reports from Washington.

CHO SEUNG-HUI: You had 100 billion chances to have avoided today but you decided to spill my blood.
You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option.

The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off.

TRACY BOWDEN: Just who Cho Seung-Hui is referring to is yet another question in this horrific case.
But we do now have a clearer picture of what the gunman was doing in between the first shootings in
the dormitory and the massacre in the engineering building.

NBC AMERICA NEWSREADER: Tonight, NBC News has received a multimedia manifesto from the gunman at
Virginia Tech, including his last recorded words.

CHO SEUNG-HUI: I didn't have to do this. I could've left. I could've fled.

TRACY BOWDEN: This chilling collection includes videos, a 23 page written document and a series of
photographs - 11 of them showing Cho aiming hand guns at the camera.

CHO SEUNG-HUI: You just loved crucifying me. You loved inducing cancer in my head, terrorising my
heart and ripping my soul all this time.

CLINT VAN ZANDT, FORMER FBI PROFILER: I don't think this, this shooter wanted to be captured. I
don't think he wanted to be interviewed and probed. He wanted to say it in his own words and in his
own way. I think that's very obvious. And with the full knowledge, I believe, that after he is dead
his words are going to be heard. I mean, I think this is his ultimate victory. This is the way he's
victimising, further victimising, all of us by reaching out from the grave and grabbing us.

TRACY BOWDEN: The label on the package reveals it was sent at 9.01am, after Cho Seung-Hui had
killed his first two victims and was preparing for his next deadly outing.

But because the gunman had the wrong zip code, the package didn't arrive until today.

CHO SEUNG-HUI: I may be nothing but a [expletive bleeped out]...

TRACY BOWDEN: On several occasions in the rambling video which is laced with profanities, Cho
attacks rich kids, perhaps his classmates.

CHO SEUNG-HUI: You had everything you wanted. Your Mercedes wasn't enough, you brats? Your golden
necklaces weren't enough, you snobs? Your trust fund wasn't enough? Your vodka and cognac weren't
enough? All your debaucheries weren't enough? Those weren't enough to fulfil your hedonistic needs?
You had everything.

TRACY BOWDEN: Eerily, in his written diatribe the gunman also refers to Eric and Dylan, whom he
calls martyrs. These are the names of the two students from Columbine High who shot dead 12
students and a teacher eight years ago before taking their own lives.

CHO SEUNG-HUI: You have vandalised my heart, raped my soul and torched my conscience. You thought
it was one pathetic void life you were extinguishing. Thanks to you I die like Jesus Christ, to
inspire generations of the weak and the defenceless people.


TRACY BOWDEN: It's unclear whether some of the video was recorded in between the two shooting
sprees, or whether there was someone else behind the camera. Meanwhile as more stories emerged of a
dark and troubled young man, police today revealed they had contact with Cho back in late 2005.

WENDELL FLINCHUM, VIRGINIA TECH POLICE CHIEF: In November of 2005, Cho had made contact with,
through phone calls and in person with a female student. The student notified and Virginia Tech
Police Department and officers responded. The student declined to press charges and referred to
Cho's contact with her as annoying.

TRACY BOWDEN: After a similar complaint by a second woman the following month, Cho was taken to a
psychiatric facility. And today, students and professors continued to describe the disturbing
behaviour of the young man and what seemed to have been multiple warning signs.

PAT THONG, FORMER HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATE: He just seemed like an unstable person. You know, just
keeping to himself. I was questioned whether, if he hung out with any friend or anything, socially
active or anything like that. But I kind of figured he had it in him to do something like this.

KARAN GREWAL, COLLEGE FLATMATE: I tried saying hi to him, passing him by the hallways. But even
then, he never looked me in the eye, just walked by.

JOSEPH AUST, COLLEGE ROOMMATE: I was beside myself about the whole situation because I mean, I'm
sleeping in the same room as someone like this and it, it really gets to you, 'cause I mean at any
point in time I could have been his first victim.

TRACY BOWDEN: Investigators say the one positive that could come out of today's gruesome material
is a greater understanding of what exactly was going on in the mind of the killer.

CHO SEUNG-HUI: I didn't have to do this, I could have left. I could have fled. But no, I will no
longer run. If not for me, for my children or my brothers or sisters that you [expletive bleeped
out]. I did it for them.

KERRY O'BRIEN: Hard to know what to say. That report from Tracy Bowden.