NBC Receives Package From Virginia Shooter

Apr 18, 2007  •  Post A Comment

NBC News received a package of videos and photographs from Virginia Tech school gunman Cho Seung-Hui Wednesday, according to a company statement.

The package was seemingly mailed Monday, midway through the shooter’s murderous rampage that claimed the lives of 33 people, including the gunman.

NBC News President Steve Capus said he received the package this morning, notified the FBI, and agreed to hold off reporting on the contents until the government could examine the package.

“We worked with the authorities this afternoon to make sure that they knew everything that we did,” Mr. Capus said in an interview on MSNBC. “And they requested that we not release some of the information until they had a chance to take a look at it.”

Inside were a 23-page “PDF-type” document of text and photographs that Mr. Capus described as a “rambling manifesto,” dozens of photographs and a short video on a DVD.

“There is a photograph where he has a gun pointed at his own head,” Mr. Capus said. “He has a knife at his own neck. He has photographs of hollow tipped bullets lined up on a table … this is inside the mind of a murderer.”

An Associated Press story described the gunman’s video as a “snarling, profanity-laced tirade about rich ‘brats’ and their ‘hedonistic needs.'”

“You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today,” he is quoted as saying. “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.”

(Editor: Grego)